Where do things stand following our late September vote?

I apologize for the long delay in updating this BC Latest blog.  Just havn’t had time to keep up with it like I should.  By now all should know that CUMC voted on September 24 to approve our Master Plan for the Spring Garden Campus, and gave preliminary approval for our Medium Build option and financial plan which will result in three consecutive capital campaigns, the first of which is ongoing.   A congregational survey of phasing options for our campus was distributed as well, the results of which were announced at the October 15 Church Hall meeting.

Based upon the outcome of the September 24 vote, the BC has been studying the results of the congregational survey and working hard to finalize a Phase 1 site design and building design that will meet the approved budget.  Please understand that at this juncture in the design process there are many, many, many moving parts that we are working to resolve.  And those resolutions take time.

We have had preliminary meetings with Carlisle Borough staff and South Middleton staff to review our site design and receive initial informal comments.  We have likewise met with the Cumberland County Conservation District to review our storm water management plan and receive initial comments.  All of these meetings have gone well, with productive comments and suggestions.  The requirements of each entity that we must adhere to are extensive and for the most part reasonable.  There are several items for which we may request waivers and exceptions, such as a full sidewalk around the entire perimeter of E. Baltimore Street and its culdesac that we must build.  Through these meetings we’ve also learned that in 2018 the Borough will be replacing the sewer line and manholes in South Spring Garden Street to which we will connect.  Knowing that our project will be forthcoming, the Borough has agreed to provide a manhole connection for us in the new system.  They have likewise agreed to a 30-foot-width for E. Baltimore Street instead of the standard 36 feet, will possibly consider a reduced diameter culdesac, and waived the requirement for street trees.  We do however have to provide curbs, sidewalks, fire hydrants and street lights along E. Baltimore Street.

It appears that UGI will cover the cost of extending their gas service up E. Baltimore Street for us, and will install our church natural gas service with the caveat that we provide the trenching and backfilling of the trench for them.  We’ve also been advised by South Middleton that we must only plant trees along our boundary with the Dawn Ridge housing development to our north, and the individual homes directly abutting our property to the west.  This is wonderful news as we thought we would also have to plant trees along our entire southern property line, but that requirement has been waived due to the industrial zoning of the remaining portion of Smith Farm to the south.  Where currently vacant lots exist along our western boundary we also do not have to plant trees.

On the advice of our landscape architect we will be providing the church with several opportunities to donate and plant trees ourselves in the months ahead to meet this requirement.  Stay tuned for more details connected with re-planting live Christmas trees in January and planting other types of trees around Arbor Day in late April.  Be thinking about planting a tree in honor of a family member or those saints that have gone on before us, and watching it grow in the years ahead as our campus grows.  A list of approved trees and minimum sizes of trees will be provided to us.

Our storm water management permit application (called an NPDES permit) and Land Development Plans (depicts all of our site features, grading, building and parking layout, storm water management, landscaping, recreational fields, etc) are both getting close to completion and will be submitted in November.   A 6 – 9 month approval process on these permits is anticipated if all goes well.  We will not file for a Building Permit until the building design is completely finalized following our Final Congregational Approval vote anticipated to be held on March 25, 2018.  Thus we remain on schedule for a late Summer 2018 start of construction, but please understand that all of this is subject to change as the permit approval process unfolds.

The building design development has begun which is the next step following schematic design.  That work is concurrent with the BC, architect and contractor working together to adjust the Phase 1 design to the construction budget.  A landscape architect, structural engineer, and MEP (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) engineer have all been engaged along with a kitchen consultant following review and approval of their proposals by CUMC.  Our landscape architect is Craig Bachik of Navarro & Wright in Harrisburg who is contracted directly to CUMC.  Contracted under Waldon Studio are the following: MEP Engineer is Sharpe Engineers of Lancaster; Structural Engineer is WZG Engineers of Limerick; and kitchen consultant is Clark Food Service Equipment of Lancaster.

We are currently meeting with various potential subcontractors and vendors of construction materials working to negotiate discounts and donations towards our project which can in turn benefit the donor as tax deductions.  This is a time consuming process but can obviously benefit our construction budget if successful.

We know that many of you are wondering when we will announce the final decisions as to what components of the project will be included in Phase 1 of the project vs those that will not.   At this time we cannot provide an answer to that question because we ourselves simply do not know.  As previously stated there are multiple moving parts in play right now with respect to:  partial building redesign of the western building wing (adults/community; youth; gym; children; kitchen); budget issues; revenue sources; building phasing, etc, and until all are resolved we will not have final answers for you.

The congregational survey results are serving as an excellent guide in our work, but please understand that we cannot address any individual building component or feature within it until we are able to do so IN TOTAL for the entire project.  In this regard, the BC, Architect and Contractor must first fully develop our recommendations to the LC for Phase 1 of the project thinking from the perspective of the long term best interests of the church to create a flexible cost-effective building and campus that will serve CUMC well for the next 50 – 100 years.  Next we must seek concurrence and approval from our Leadership Council of the recommended Phase 1 project.  Then we will schedule Congregational Info sessions to announce the end results.

We crave your patience and prayers in the meantime as we work through these many, many issues at this time.  But we trust that the details above inform you that LOTS has been happening in recent months, with much more to come.  And God continues to direct our path and faithfully lead us.  Thanks be to God!!

 

 

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Congregational Info Session #4 – 07/16/17

The Building Committee held our fourth Congregational Info Session yesterday morning at 945AM and again at 1100AM.  The Powerpoint below was used to provide updates on: the design of our new facility on the Spring Garden Campus (in particular our architect has focused on expanding the design in the worship, music, youth and adult areas in the past month); the initiation and terms of a sales agreement and memo of understanding with CAEDC for the purchase and repurposing of our existing facility; and review of two design options for the exterior finish elements that could be incorporated in our new building.  Those in attendance were surveyed as to their thoughts regarding which design will best serve CUMC for the next 100 years of ministry in our community.  Additional info sessions have been scheduled for August 20 and September 17 to continue providing updated design and budget information as the design progresses though the summer months.  As a reminder, dates for our two congregational votes will be September 24 and January 28, each preceded the week prior (September 17 and January 21 respectively) with combined worship and full congregational info sessions to prepare everyone with all the information necessary for each vote.  These pre-vote sessions will both be attended by our architect and general contractor to assist in answering questions.

Session #4 Powerpoint.071617

Video of Congregational Info Session #3

If you were unable to attend either of the Congregational Info Sessions held on June 11, 2017, the sessions were videotaped and you are welcome to view them by clicking on the feed below.  The powerpoint used during the sessions is available on the preceding blog post of June 12, 2017.

Congregational Info Session #3 – 06/11/17

The Building Committee held our third Congregational Info Session yesterday morning at 945AM and again at 1100AM.  The Powerpoint below was used to provide updates on:  the design of our new facility on the Spring Garden Campus; our construction budget versus estimated costs; the repurposing of our existing facility; and the Community Campus at Smith Farm.   We also explored POSSIBLE exterior finish elements that could be incorporated plus provided a first look at the new building in three dimensions with some of these POSSIBLE elements included.  Additional info sessions have been scheduled for July 16 and August 20 to continue providing updated design and budget information as the design progresses though the summer months.  Dates for our two congregational votes were also announced as September 24 and January 28, each preceded the week prior (September 17 and January 21 respectively) with combined worship and full congregational info sessions to prepare everyone with all the information necessary for each vote.  These pre-vote sessions will both be attended by our architect and general contractor to assist in answering questions.

Session #3 Powerpoint for BC Blog.061117

Building Committee Blast – Week of 5/08/17

  • This past Sunday May 7, Jeff Barnes delivered the message entitled “Kingdom Building” at all 3 services.  As the title implies, we reviewed the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem as described in Nehemiah Chapter 2, and traced the history of the construction of Methodist buildings in Carlisle, relating those collective experiences to our current situation as we wrestle with the design of a new facility for CUMC.  The message also explores a question that God might feel compelled to ask us along the way……..”So whose kingdom are you trying to build, anyway – MINE or yours?”   If you were not in attendance last Sunday we encourage you to listen to the podcast of this message using the following link:    Kingdom Building Message 5/07/17

Congregational Info Session #2 – 04/30/17

The Building Committee held our second Congregational Info Session yesterday morning at 945AM and again at 1100AM.  The Powerpoint below was used to first emphasize several points of wonderful news followed by the presentation of our initial floor plan design for the new facility.  Our updated construction budget versus the estimated costs of development of the Spring Garden Campus were also presented.  Additional info sessions have been scheduled for June 11, July 16 and August 20 to continue providing updated design and budget information as the design progresses though the summer months.

Session 2 Powerpoint for BC Blog.043017

 

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.