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RENOVATION

Renovating our church will create accessible, beautiful, and functional spaces for our ministry and our mission partners. Central to our plans is an elevator that will provide access to all five levels of our building and access to an additional 20,000 square feet for gathering, meeting, learning and worshiping space.

Church Access and Parking During the Renovation

As renovations begin, our parking lot will be closed during construction. We may use all entrances on 7th Street to the sanctuary or the Commons. We will update you on accessible spaces as the renovation progresses. We can park Sunday mornings and any evening in the Federal Courthouse alley parking spaces or on Sunday mornings Grace Lutheran's parking lot. Thanks, neighbors!

Other options are free street parking, the free municipal parking deck by the library, or the Hoogland's parking garage. Let's try to leave the 7th Street parking spaces for those with accessibility needs.

February 2024 UPDATES

Session approved our Builders Risk insurance. Soil samples are back. Engineers are making recommendations about how we gently proceed with the next stages. 

Most of the deconstruction is complete. Interior work has made progress in the offices and classrooms. A retired architect showed up last week at O’Shea with a set of building plans and drawings of decorative elements from 1941. They are beautiful hand drawn pen and ink drawings: We are having conversations about how we preserve them and share them. 

JANUARY 2024 UPDATES

More significant renovation work is happening this week (January 22 - 26). The place was buzzing with electricians, HVAC, plumbers, those who are taking walls down and those putting new ones up. With gratitude for our work crews and for our volunteers who have been salvaging century old rafters and joists, thanks!

 

The video captures what remains of ivy that was growing on the north side of the 1920's building when the 1960's building was built. Sixty years later it was still there.

So many significant elements of our renovation have happened this week! (January 19 - 26) In addition to the HVAC we posted, a lot of activity is happening inside and out. The steel I-beams came out of the 1920s section this week and new walls are taking shape in the 1960s section.

 

Thanks, again, to everyone who has helped salvage wood! We are keeping thousands of pounds of century old (probably virgin timber harvested joists and rafters out of the landfill and finding new uses for them.

Thanks to all who have pledged and donated for this renovation. Our deep hope is that these new spaces will bless our whole community!