Building Committee Updates
6-23-2013 - Building Project Update:
Hopefully the monsoon season is over. Footings are underway and will be waterproofed and backfilled as soon as possible. Then we can progress with the main addition and link building. In the education wing, the roofing is finished, the heating and a/c contractor is stock piling his material and starting to do his rough-ins, Mike Larkin is finishing his electrical rough-ins, and we have worked with the architect on any final changes or corrections. Sheet rocking will begin in 10-14 days. Any questions call Pete Marnie 612-237-5342.
6-9-2013 - Building Project Update:
The framing of the south building has started and the trusses have been installed. Modification of the class rooms and the Multi-purpose room are now completed.
All nine trees were successfully re-located in new locations.
Work has begun on the New Addition and Link building with the excavation for the footings. Within two weeks we should be ready for the framing to begin. For more information contact Pete Marnie 612-237-5342.
- Building Update:
Demolition was completed this week as planned and now we will move into the construction phase. Framing will begin on the open area of the South Building with the exterior and interior walls going in first, then the new ceiling area will be constructed including the pitched and gabled roof. Also, with the higher roof design, the heating and a/c vents will be in the ceiling rather then under the cement floor. This week trees that are too close or in the perimeter of the new construction will be relocated on-site to new permanent locations. Some of the trees were donated as memorials and will be protected as much as possible. After Memorial Day footings will be dug and construction will commence on the Fellowship Hall and Link additions. Any Questions call Pete Marnie 612-237-5342
- Building Update:
This week marks the start of our long anticipated construction of our new fellowship hall, administration office areas, and the total renovation of our education building. The groundbreaking ceremony was performed on Sunday May 5th, the pre-construction meeting has been held, the South Building has been vacated, the phone/internet lines have been relocated, the staff is adjusting to temporary work areas, and the Contractor has moved in his office trailer. This week the demolition team started removing everything that will be replaced in the South building. This process will take 10 to 14 days. We will keep you informed every week as we go through the different phases of construction. The contractor has asked all members of the congregation to not take tours without permission and if permission is granted, everyone must wear a hard hat and reflector vest. If you have any questions, please contact Pete Marnie 612-237-5342.
10-1-2012 - Building & Capital Campaign Committee Update:
We have great news! Thanks to all of you who made a financial commitment to our Building Faith, Generation after Generation Capital Campaign we will be able to expand the mission of our church to better learn, serve and share the Gospel through our facilities upgrade. We have had record participation with over 60% of Faith households making financial commitments. We have exceeded our campaign goal of $800.000.00 with $804,308.00 pledged to date. Congratulations Faith members! If you have not yet made a commitment, there is still time and still need for your participation in this exciting plan.
The Capital Campaign Committee, on behalf of the entire congregation, would also like to offer special recognition and a huge thank you to Paul and Sheila Steiner who have offered a financial gift over and above their regular pledge to the capital campaign. Paul and Sheila’s gift assures that our facilities renovation and expansion will be implemented in one complete project. There still may be the need to delay some finishing touches to our plan. None-the-less, without their gift our expansion would have been spread out over multiple phases over multiple years with the inherent risk of not ever achieving completion. From all of us at Faith, “Thank you, Paul and Sheila!"
2-22-2012 - Building Committee Update:
Our committee has been diligently meeting weekly since late August of 2011, meeting with staff, various ministries, and hosting informational congregation meetings to investigate, needs, generate feed back, and explore the growth and options our congregation has to expand our current facility.
We have developed a preliminary space plan that:
- Totally renovated the existing South Building to be used for youth education and youth ministries. The space is laid out to be multi-functional and would include new HVAC and Electrical & Lighting upgrades, as well as new finishes ie: ceilings, carpet, tile and paint.
- Expand the current North Building to include a larger fellowship space for gatherings, weddings, and funerals.
- Connect or “link” the two buildings together to provide better use of the two buildings and allow for consolidating all administrative offices in one area.
This preliminary design and study offers many advantages, additional space and upgrades to what currently exists for youth education, fellowship gather space and functional administration offices.
The building committee is in the process of evaluating Design-Build General Contractors, and credentials, references and pricing to complete the project.
We have received planning commission approval from the City of Waconia and are very hopeful for a Spring Groundbreaking.
Should anyone have any questions feel free to contact Jack Shaw or Galen Tongen, Building Committee Co-Chairmen.
John N. (Jack) Shaw
12-11-2011 - BUILDING COMMITTEE INFORMATION: The building committee believes that it is important for the congregation to have an understanding of the reasons behind the proposed building project and the resulting benefits. Following is a partial list of those benefits.
- The education building will be remodeled to 1)improve the classrooms and widen the hallways with a more functional floor plan 2)upgrade the mechanical systems and bring the building up to code 3)replace the worn out flat roof with a sloped roof 4)improve storage facilities in the building.
- A large fellowship hall will be added to the West end of the sanctuary building. This was part of the original plan when the sanctuary was built but was scrubbed due to cost overruns.
- A link will be built between the two existing buildings which will include an additional entrance to the facility. The link in combination with the fellowship hall addition will allow consolidation of church administration staff into one centralized location.
- Pick up and drop off congestion will be relieved by adding and improving building exits and entrances.
- The improvements to the overall facility will expand and improve the outreach capabilities of the congregation.
- As a side benefit, construction costs and interest rates are very favorable right now.
The committee is making every effort to track suggestions by the congregation and incorporate them into the plan. To have your suggestions heard or to further your understanding of the project, plan to attend one or both of the planned informational meetings: Monday, December 12 at 6:00 p.m. in the sanctuary or Sunday January 8 at 9:30 a.m. in the North Conference Room. You can also check out the Faith website under the “about us” tab or see the bulletin board in the vestibule.
12-4-2011 - BUILDING COMMITTEE UPDATE – Building Committee update:
After seeking input from the ministry areas, staff, and church council, the committee has settled on a preliminary plan and design. The next step is to develop specifications and then interview and select 3 or 4 design/build contractors to provide a firm cost estimate. The committee hopes to have contractor bids by January 5th and make recommendations to the church council by January 17, 2012. The design/build approach is a little different from the traditional method of building a church. Instead of hiring an architect to develop firm plans and specifications, the committee hired an architect to develop the preliminary floor plan and exterior design for a minimal cost. Bidding contractors will now be asked to put together more firm plans and specifications in conjunction with preparing their bids. The expectation is that this will result in a significantly better finished product at a lower cost.
Input received from attendees at the congregational meeting last Sunday is being discussed and incorporated into the plan as much as is feasible within cost limitations. For more detailed information and the latest updates, plan to attend one or both of the following update meetings: Monday, December 12, at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary and Sunday, January 8 at 9:30 a.m. in the North Conference Room.
11-27-2011 - BUILDING COMMITTEE UPDATE – Last Sunday, as part of the congregational meeting, the Building Committee presented a progress report on the three components of the building planning project they are working on. For those who missed the meeting, the three components area: 1) Upgrade the south education building 2) Link the south building with the main sanctuary building 3) Add a fellowship hall onto the main sanctuary building. For more detailed information and/or further updates, anyone interested is invited to attend one or both of the following update meetings Monday, December 12 at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary and Sunday, January 8 at 9:30 a.m. in the North Conference Room.