Since our last update, we have made some progress toward finalizing drawings and selecting a contractor. We reviewed two sets of preliminary drawings and agreed that one was clearly preferable as it allows direct access to the sanctuary lobby from the elevator.
Farzad Shadzik is currently clarifying details and negotiating with two of the contract bidders to see exactly what we can achieve within our budget. He expects to reach a decision faster and at lower cost than having to revise drawings repeatedly and resend them for bid.
At the Q&A sessions in July, questions were posed regarding the Crossings Room wall. It was stated that the engineers are satisfied the wall is sound. Since we know that we will need to replace the outside door and windows in the Crossings Room, a final decision will be made based on the observed condition of the wall when it is “opened.” It is possible that there may be internal damage that would require replacement.
Next steps are to hire a contractor, obtain final architectural plans/drawings (with engineering input), and get township approval of the new plans. Our best guess for groundbreaking at this time is early spring 2022.
On behalf of the Steering Committee, we offer our sincere gratitude to everyone for your patience as we work through this process. And, a huge thank you to all of you who pledged to the Capital Campaign and continue to pay those pledges! If you have not had the opportunity to contribute to the Capital Campaign, but would like to participate in this exciting endeavor, please let us know. Contributions of all amounts are greatly valued and appreciated.
Jayme Trott and Susan Vigilante, Co-chairs
Capital Campaign/Project Steering Committee