This past Monday, June 24, the first phase of our Building Love renovation began. Our contractor, Schaefer General Contracting, began the work by preparing our first floor education hallway and preschool suite for abatement of asbestos in the ceiling. This first phase of the project will take approximately two weeks, and will affect both the weekday happenings in our building as well as our Sunday rhythms on June 30. In addition, assembly of the construction fence that will create a staging area for the entire renovation also began on Monday. Here are some items to note when making your way around the building:
- Entry into the church office on weekdays continues to be through the Education Building Entrance only.
- The restrooms and classrooms in the first floor education building hallway will not be available for use on weekdays or Sunday, June 30. Please use the Commons restroom or the restrooms available off of the Fireside hallway.
- The elevator will be accessible on all levels of the building.
- Brooke Schmidt’s office is located in the main office through July 10.
- There will be no entry via the double glass doors in the central stairwell beginning June 24 through next spring when the entire renovation is complete.
- To schedule a meeting, please contact the church office. We will have fewer rooms available for meeting and will need to carefully schedule our available space.
There has been much preparation to clear the spaces affected during this first phase of renovation. Special thanks goes to the Children’s Construction Preparation Subgroup (Lisa Estes, Heather French, Sarah Walther), Linda Campbell, and all of Highland’s ministry and support staff.
The second phase of the project—construction of a portion of the firewall that allows square footage to be added to the building—is scheduled to begin on/around July 10.
We are grateful for everyone’s flexibility as we continue through this season of movement, preparation and renovation. Please stay tuned to the newsletter each week for updates on how your weekly rhythms may be affected by future phases of the project.
– Renee Purtlebaugh