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.