Capital Campaign/Project Update – March 2020

The Capital Campaign Steering Committee met with architect David B. Singer on Tuesday, March 10 to review and discuss the current detailed architectural plans for our expansion. Discussion included the following topics:

  • Heat/airflow needs including a plan to use variable refrigerant flow (VRF) to ensure state of the art energy efficiency in the heat and AC system.
  • Electrical outlet needs
  • Internet hard-wiring
  • Security cameras
  • Fire alarm panels
  • Entrances and egress both during construction and permanently; reminder that a sidewalk will be constructed from the new parking lot to both the rear door from 201 and to the side entrance to the sanctuary (with an access ramp.)

We anticipate completion of sufficient Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing (MEP) drawings to bid for a contractor by early April. Bob Busch is doing structural engineering. MEP is the responsibility of Pressman and Associates. David suggested two contractors that specialize in this type of work. We also discussed the need to include in the bid document a goal to use diverse suppliers/sub-contractors.

Our goal is to have a ceremonial groundbreaking on June 7, 2020 immediately following the Annual Meeting, with construction beginning on June 8, with the entire project is projected to be complete by January 2021. The main paved parking lot will be out of use for congregation for about the first 3 months. No programs that require the use of the kitchen or Crossings Room should be scheduled between June, 2020 and end of January, 2021.

Financial summary: 39 households have completed forms for the ongoing Phase 2 campaign so far, totaling about $90K – 93K in new pledges.

The Steering Committee will offer an auction raffle for the opportunity to represent the congregation at groundbreaking. Jayme will work with the Auction committee to set this up.

Jayme Trott and Susan Vigilante, Co-Chairs, Capital Campaign