Below is our PowerPoint slideshow and questions and answers regarding the Building Project.
We thank you for all your questions. Below we hope to answer them in more detail.
A: There will be no hooks on the backs of the chairs as this could pose a risk to children and hook people’s clothes as they walk past. Purses can safely be stored underneath the row ahead, just like we do now. Comfort seating comes with a tithing/envelope holder and place to set communion cups.
A: Glass is not as efficient as a solid wall structure, there are window treatments and/or glazing that we could look further into.
A: This has not been previously considered but the committee will look into the cost savings and expenses for these items.
A: Yes, the library will be integrated into a combined café/resource area.
A: We have incorporated the rough-in of an air curtain into the design, to be installed if needed.
A: The building committee acknowledged that we hadn’t looked into it, but that it will be taken into consideration.
A: Carpet squares, as these squares can be replaced individually as needed.
A: There are pros and cons to this idea. Some of the cons would be the fatigue created by the length of time the project would take to complete. The committee had decided that If the proposed budget was higher that this was something that we may have had to pursue, however there is a general consensus that this is a manageable level of debt for our congregation.
A: No decision has been made. There is the possibility of blessing another assembly.
A: We are adding a koala infant change table into the universal bathroom. When mandates come into effect the infant change table will be changed to an adult change table.
A: This topic was discussed at length within the forward and building committee. The cost of installation and yearly maintenance exceeds our current budget.
A: Yes, however with our floor being sloped this is not a viable option.
A: Building committee realizes this may not be an ideal situation and will look into ways to address this.
A: Yes, it is still located within the same space. It is labeled as office/ministry space on the floor plan.
A: This was also a topic much discussed within the building committee. The main reason we decided to eliminate this feature is zoning by-laws. If we increased our current foot print under roof the renovation would fall under different by-law requirements.
A: We are renovating the washrooms with stalls to be floor to ceiling so that if the time comes that we must provide gender neutral washrooms we can take down the male/female signage. Plan to protect was taken into much consideration when designing bathrooms.
A: The contractor explained that we are looking to upgrade the system. The quote given includes a certain amount towards automation. The contractor to ask the HVAC subcontractor about further upgrade in technology and cost for this feature.
A: Brick staining provides a superior finish compared to simply painting the brick as the stain absorbs into the brick. The architect provided addresses for local buildings that have used this technique and the committee had strong consensus that this process would help to modernize both the exterior and interior of the building. Brick staining is a durable process that should last upwards of 10 years.
A: David Skillings from Valente Construction, voiced that the space in that bathroom should be able to accommodate 2 larger washroom stalls to allow for increased maneuverability. The Universal washroom, by the gym, will meet accessibility standards for our congregants.
A: Yes. Taking out the wing walls will make it easier for people with mobility issues to get in and maneuver around the bathrooms.
A: There will be a hall monitor in the children’s wing, if anyone needs to access the Universal washroom they will be accommodated. They will not be made to go the long way around.
A: Yes. New handicap parking spaces will be created in the appropriate spaces.
A: The committee had not considered this. David Skillings from Valente explained that there are cost effective and visually appealing products that can be utilized to address this if required.
A: The members will be voting on the scope presented at the meetings on August 27th and September 7th which is the full project.
A: The church is Incorporated. As such, no member or adherent is personally responsible for the debt. The church is in a strong financial position and this scenario is extremely unlikely.
A: This information can be found on page 25 of the slide presentation. Likely, early annual interest costs will be $50,000 a year (based on $1 million dollars borrowed) plus a principle payment of approximately $50,000 a year as well. The total cost of the project, through the life of the loan, depends on interest rates and how quickly the congregation pays down the principle. The sooner that the loan is paid off, the more we will be able to reduce the overall project costs.
A: Yes, the committee is actively engaging professionals for the entire scope.
A: The current design, that has the two wing doors removed, meets and exceeds the fire code. Our architect has an obligation to meet the fire code as a minimum-we have exceeded the minimum. Code requires that the maximum number of seats between any two aisles is 42, the most we have in any one row between two aisles is 12.
A: The Board and the Building committee are committed to do everything we can possibly do to protect our children and to provide a space where our kids are safe and cared for. The wing door (closest to 101) would open up into the children’s area, specifically right at the children’s washroom, and is also on a corner, which makes this door unsafe and also creates inconsistencies in our Plan2Protect policy. There was strong consensus among the Building Committee that the two wing doors remain removed.
A: The building committee met to address the feedback that was received regarding the proposed seating plan. The committee took very seriously the feedback you provided, and a lengthy discussion took place. As a strategy to address the concerns regarding the ability of congregants to easily enter and exit the rows of seating in the wing sections, where there are up to 11 seats that extend to the wall, the committee will modify the design of the seating to create more space between rows- this could be accomplished by removing one row of seating, which would allow each row that has 8 seats or greater to be spread further apart, creating easier egress from these rows.
A: For the purpose of the presentation we followed the current Legacy policy (voted on by the congregation) on page 24 on the building slide presentation - the Board will exercise the option of withdrawing 5% of the fund value which is approximately $58k. The spirit of the Legacy Fund is to fund future outreach initiatives that are not part of the general ministry budget. The board will consider all options including this one when deciding on the best strategy for the short and long term financing of the project.