Want to know what our new building is expected to look like when it’s completed in late 2017? Take a look at the video screens around our campus! This week the Design Committee approved plans for the new sanctuary and we’ve put the current architect’s drawings up for you to see.
Those plans are for the outside of the building and the floor plan of the new sanctuary. The ground floor plans will be finalized later, after we complete an exhaustive review of ministry requirements. Our general contractor, Johnson Kreis Construction, and our architects, CTSM, are now in the process of securing initial pricing indications. Once we have those in hand we will be able to finalize the plans based on our budget and the building site.
Our current plans, subject to a final revision call for a sanctuary that will ultimately seat approximately 1,075 worshipers, which is an increase of approximately 80% over our current sanctuary seating. Our choir and orchestra space is expected to double, bringing total capacity to approximately 1,200 people.
We will be taking our financial and construction plans to the District Board of Church Location and Building tomorrow (March 28th). Then we will schedule the required church-wide Charge Conference so that we can share near-final plans and financial details with the congregation.
The most common questions asked after our last update were, “When will we start and what are the first steps?” If all goes as planned, we expect to hold a churchwide groundbreaking ceremony before school is out. As soon as vacation Bible school ends in early summer, you’ll see site work underway as we build new parking areas next to Doug Balter Drive. That is where construction trailers will sit during construction. At the same time we will build new athletic fields near where the entrance road from 119 comes into our existing parking lot. We need those fields ready for fall because the new building will be taking up the old athletic field space. And if all goes according to plan, the building itself will be started in early-to-mid fall. Pray for good weather!
Please continue to offer thoughts and comments to members of the Building Committee and the sub-Committees (listed on the back). With plans coming into greater focus, they will become more active in the coming months. We were asked about overlapping names on the Committees after our last update and we want to explain that most Building Committee members are serving in a variety of roles to ensure continuity. Individuals with special expertise are also working on Committees where their advice is playing a major role in ensuring that we are building something special to move Asbury forward in fulfilling God’s plan for our church and out congregation.
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