March 2020 Update

Current Project Status

We did not waste any time putting our heads together with our architect and design build contractor to figure out how to simplify our building design to help cut costs. With the initial estimate coming in at $5.6M, we knew that we needed to make revisions to the plans to help lower the estimate without compromising on all that we hope to have for our new building.

This month, we received those revised building drawings from Cornerstone based on those requested changes. These adjustments allowed our Design Build Contractor Horst to reduce the overall building costs by about $500K. The design revisions not only improved cost; we also prefer the aesthetics much better than before. We especially like that the elevator tower is under the main roof.

We also received the Geotechnical Investigation Report which confirmed the soils are suitable for the classroom addition.

There are no updates on the Phase 1 Environmental Assessment or Park Road sidewalk issue because of the ongoing social distancing restrictions with COVID-19.

What’s Ahead in April

Horst is currently working with Cornerstone to develop the 90% drawings and estimates that will present a realistic representation of the building costs. These updated drawings and costs are expected at the end of April and we will present this information to the congregation in the future, when we can meet again.

We will also evaluate more potential cost reductions to help the estimate align more with our financial means.

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