Our Amazing Capital Projects Are Crossing the Finish Line!
There has been plenty of construction and renovation activity going on for the past few months at All Saints! At times there was heavy highway equipment in our parking lot, scaffolding reaching up to the very top of the nave's ceiling inside the church, and a wall, sink, and cabinets being torn out of the old galley kitchen next to Margaret's office. Our three major capital improvement projects, parking lot safety changes and repaving repairs, new lighting in the nave, and a new kitchen in the DeForest wing are very n-e-a-r-l-y completed!
Those who have had any major renovations done to their own property know that there is never smooth progression for any such projects. Perhaps "expect the unexpected" would be a good motto for beginning such undertakings..
The dedication and patience exhibited by those parishioners who have overseen these projects has been exceptional! Building permits, site plans, and inspections have sometimes hinged on frustrating minutiae mandated by powers and municipalities. For the most part, these are safeguards necessary for the common good. At other times, seeming more like bureaucratic busy-work and fees. Cha-ching!
Since much of the construction and significant work on these projects have taken place Monday through Fridays, those showing up at All Saints on Sunday mornings often missed most of it. So a lot has been happening, often unseen by most of us: a great deal of communicating with contractors, double checking details, being on hand for critical steps of the actual work performed, and negotiating with code enforcement officers.
Art Hessler has been diligently overseeing the lions's share of the parking lot project with its many phases, including his hammering in safety sign posts for the old south entrance, and handicapped signs for the parking lot. You will remember that we widened the north entrance to make it a two-way entrance and exit, closed off the old south entrance and landscaped it, repaved critical areas needing repairs, crack-filled deteriorating areas, and striped the parking spaces and handicapped parking slots.
Glenn Sproul has been the primary contact for the lighting project in the nave, from the initial design and ordering of the LED fixtures from McFadden Lighting of St. Louis, to being physically present for the installation by Hegeman Electric (including the erecting of three level scaffolding) and the connecting of the dimmers for each of the banks of lights. What a difference this has made to the ambiance of our worship space!
Julie Bonanno, as Junior Warden, has been responding to the various changes required during construction (such as moving meetings downstairs while the kitchen project has been underway), and has also played a major role in the design and ordering of kitchen fixtures, cabinets and appliances, along with Hilla Damm, Meg Huffman, and Katrina McGibney.
A major change in the level of construction needed in the kitchen was the requirement that materials for the walls and doors in the kitchen had to be fire resistant at the one hour level, and the sink had to ben Americans with Disabilities Act compliant for wheelchair accessibility. Matt McGibney has been the primary contractor for the kitchen.
By vote of the vestry, the new kitchen will be named, 'Gloria's Kitchen", in memory of Gloria Singer, devoted parishioner, who died in February 2014. Gloria's Kitchen will be formally blessed by Bishop Ely during his visitation on Sunday, May 6, this coming year.
It is wonderful to have these three major projects completed! However, the real thanks go to each of you who contributed to the Capital Fund Campaign to make these improvements possible. God bless you!