Recently, our architect Peter Marren and builder Eugene Burger met to consider alternative options, including usable space under the Sanctuary, due to budget concerns.
The new design recommendations will include: building a beautiful Sanctuary building (unchanged from the earlier proposal); and an entry pavilion that will function as a gathering space/reception area, connecting administrative rooms (offices) on the main/street level and the Sanctuary.
The level below the Sanctuary is an opportunity to have a larger parish hall and kitchen and additional classrooms, with natural light, high ceilings, large windows, etc. Opening an exterior wall on the lower level to create a lower outside courtyard is also being discussed.
The lower level will be reached by a wide, sun-lit stairway PLUS a convenient elevator.
The Building Team and Board see this option as a “win-win,” cost-effective way to get us the space we want and serve the future needs of the Congregation.
Building Team Chair