Building Committee Blast – Week of 4-24-17

  • The BC’s visit to Floris UMC in Herndon, VA last Sunday was fruitful.  Accompanied by Pastor Jim, we experienced their worship and then reviewed with their staff how they transition their worship center from contemporary to traditional style between services.  It is extremely doable with good planning and adequate equipment storage directly behind the worship center stage.  A building tour coupled with Q&A with two of Floris’ pastors plus their facility manager was most informative as to lessons they learned and things they wish had been done differently.
  • The scoping meeting for our traffic impact study required by PADOT resulted in the identification of four key intersections to be included for actual traffic counts, traffic signal timing, etc.  These include S Spring Garden St / E Baltimore St; S Spring Garden St / E Pomfret St / Ashland Ave; S Spring Garden St / E High St; and Giant Lane / Rt 74.  We also must look at traffic counts heading south on S Spring Garden St to/from our new campus due to concerns over a one-lane bridge on that route before it reaches Bonneybrook Rd.  Some possible outcomes were discussed, and then tabled pending the results of the study.
  • The BC met last evening for 3-1/2 hrs with our architect and contractor making additional revisions to the floor plan and beginning to look at potential exterior styles for the building.  Our preliminary budget was also reviewed in comparison to our Master floor plan.  The next step will be the development of 3-D images of the proposed building and the impact of that building to blend with our surrounding site characteristics.
  • For a first look at our preliminary floor plan and budget including the results of Capital Campaign #1, join us at our Congregation Information Sessions THIS SUNDAY APRIL 30 at 945AM in the Sanctuary or 1100AM in the MPR.


  • This Sunday 4/23 the BC will be traveling to Floris UMC in Herndon, VA for worship at two services and to observe the transition of their worship center from contemporary to traditional style between services.  Lunch with Floris staff will follow as an opportunity for Q&A and to hear their lessons learned.
  • Work on a traffic impact study required by PADOT has begun.  A joint meeting will be held tomorrow with South Middleton and Carlisle Borough staffs to discuss the necessary scope of the study as both municipalities must ultimately approve the results.  At this time the study will be focused upon our East Baltimore Street access to the site, and the distribution of the majority of traffic coming from or exiting towards the Borough on South Spring Garden Street.
  • For a first look at our preliminary floor plan and budget including the results of Capital Campaign #1, plan to attend the upcoming April 30 Congregation Information Sessions at 945AM in the Sanctuary or 1100AM in the MPR.
  • The congregational vote to approve our preliminary design and budget will be held on September 24.  Leading up to that vote, the following additional Congregational Information Sessions have been scheduled:

       April 30 – Design update – preliminary floor plan & budget w/ cap campaign   results      

       June 11 – Master Plan presentation & design update

       July 16 – Design update

      Aug 20 – Design update

      Sept 17 – Combined service followed by BC presentation of preliminary design and preliminary budget to be voted upon

      Sept 24 – Vote to approve Preliminary Design and Preliminary Budget


Building Committee Blast – Week of 4/10/17

  • The BC met last week without our architect and contractor to continue revising the building floor plan.  We’re finding that during our meetings with the design team it’s difficult for us to have significant internal conversation to compare notes and opinions.  Thus we’ve realized we need time by ourselves for this purpose.
  • Our intent is to layout the basic floor plan with our architect and contractor in terms of where different ministries will be located, basic sizes and components of each area, coupled with what we project we can afford.  The details of the design of each area will then be handled mostly by the individual Building Teams.  For example, we have a basic layout of an office / administrative area.  But will work with the Staff Buiiding Team to come up with the actual detailed internal design of this area.
  • Our contemporary worship leader, Chris Gregory, is arranging tours for the BC to review West Shore Evangelical Free Church and The Meeting House to learn in particular things they wished they had done differently in their church building projects.
  • Some Building Teams are beginning to meet; others are on hold on the advice of our architect until the design is further advanced.  Thus far the Land Development, Worship/Music, Staff and AVL/Security/Technology teams have had initial meetings or will be meeting soon.  It’s not too late to get involved with any of the Building Teams at this point – you can still do so via the CUMC website!
  • If your Building Team hasn’t met yet, don’t worry, it’s simply because we’re not yet ready to get into those details!  You’ll be contacted by the BT Chair when the time comes to schedule meetings.

Building Committee Blast – Week of 4/3/17

  • The BC is working this week on the beginnings of a floor plan for our new building.  We are on the 3rd iteration of a footprint that incorporates everyone’s requests from the MNET study together with the followup stakeholder/staff surveys conducted by Waldon Studio Architects.
  • While MUCH work remains to be done on the floor plan, it is beginning to come together in an initial pod approach as we do a basic layout (all one story) to accommodate all of our ministries.  We are looking at a two story HEIGHT (but not including a second story) for our worship center, lobby / gathering space, childrens space and youth space to allow for creativity in ministry now and in the future.
  • Our current version of a floor plan is approximately 67,000 SF.  The really good news is that both our architect and contractor have told us we can get everything we are looking for within that approximate footprint; ie, we do NOT need 85,000 SF to meet our needs as currently defined.  That is wonderful news for our BUDGET!!
  • We anticipate presenting our floor plan at the upcoming April 30 Congregational Info sessions – plan to attend for a first look at our progress!