Building for All - Construction Update


Church Open House!
We’ve been waiting a loooong time, but the day is finally here! Our new space is 99% finished and ready for you to tour. On July 18, from 1-4pm, we will have an open house, complete with tour guides, to show you the new space. Please sign up for a 45-minute block. Tours of 10 people (including the tour guide) will leave every 15 minutes or so. Please wear your mask and be prepared to social distance. If you’re not feeling well, have been around someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or if you’re in a high-risk category, please stay home. Though we’d love to see you, we want to keep everyone safe. You can sign up at


Building for All Update

The west parking lot is usable. The new lights are in and working. The final coats will be done in the spring.

Cause for the delay:

  • Not enough clay in the soil for a proper foundation. Work was suspended while the contractor and architects found the most cost-effective solution, which was a combination of lime-spray reinforcement and clay backfill from another project the contractor was working on.
  • Concrete scrap where the new entrance is being added. Large pieces of concrete had to be removed and additional fill brought in to replace that volume.
  • Rain. When we were ready for the foundation, we had a lot of rain. You need multiple days of dry weather to pour and set a foundation, and just when the ground would dry out enough, it rained again!
  • Conduit in brick piers in the loggia. When they opened up one of the brick piers in the loggia, where the new building is to connect in, they found conduit running through the space inside. This space was supposed to be for a new steel column, but that would no longer work with the conduit there. Relocating the conduit was not a cost-effective option, as it is running up through the concrete foundation wall. The solution that was finally arrived at was to pour in place a concrete column, but as that was a change to the structure, new drawings must be issued by the architects and signed off by structural engineers.
  • New architect. the architect that was project managing took a new job outside the firm, so this past month a new architect has been playing catch-up as project manager.
  • Compounded effect. Delays don’t just affect the one trade; there is a ripple effect. We now have to wait for the next openings many of the trades have, as the original dates for the different trades, like the steel production for the new area, have come and gone.

Thanks to the Contractor: A larger contracting firm could have finished sooner, but most likely over budget. Our current contractor is extremely aware of budget, taking the time to get multiple quotes. With all the “unexpecteds” that come up we are thankful for his fiscal consciousness.

The contractor has provided extra help and accommodations we wouldn’t have received from a larger firm:

  • A temporary wall through the construction area for the Preschool and church to use as the weather turns snowy.
  • Bailed out the basement and pumped out the elevator shaft when it flooded during heavy rains.
  • Replace the sump pump battery that had died and rodded out the drainage pipe hadn’t been done in who knows how long.


Thank you! On behalf of the Building Committee, I want to thank you all for your patience with this project. We know it has been frustrating; Tom and I share that with you. There have been many construction meetings with the contractor and architects where those frustrations have been aired, or as much as we can with a Pastor present. In the end, these delays will be worth it as it means we are doing things right and for the best price. We will have a bright and welcoming first floor gathering space, with a covered entry way, and most importantly the renovated and updated bathrooms! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Thank you.


Sara Reich
Chair of Trustees
Co-Chair Building Committee

Construction Progress

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