Here are images of some of the first building plan options discussed by church leadership. These were based on several goals that the construction would help us achieve, such as creating a welcoming place of fellowship closer to the sanctuary and updating the restrooms.
The church leaders in Session hired a consultant to help guide the process of the fundraising campaign, who presented the campaign to the congregation and developed the campaign team and facilitated the meetings. We ended with a successful campaign with large pledges of money for construction.
The congregation responds to the fundraising campaign with faithful pledges and testimony.
One of the tasks we undertook was a review of other recent Church construction projects, architects and contractors.
One of the first things we were told by Clackamas County when we discussed the project was that we would have to open up and provide pedestrian access the right of way along the side of the road. This included removing one of our oldest oak trees along the street in front of the church. This tree was removed and the congregation saw the first sign of what was to come.
While the county examines our plans, we begin to prepare for major construction. The contractor installs a temporary above ground power pole and digs into the ground to examine the existing utilities. Meanwhile the church removes and saves the landscaping around the existing building before the sidewalks are torn up.
An excavator arrives to take out the sidewalks and prepare the ground for the foundation. The contractor also puts up a security fence and has a large waste bin delivered to accept the debris from the remodeling of the existing buildings.
The Church strips the walls in the hallways and moves the Pastor’s office in preparation for remodeling of the existing building, including new restrooms. The new pastor’s office is larger.
We experience some time where the ceilings are uncovered and bare light bulbs illuminate our path. The contractor uncovers issues with the exterior walls and foundation that we add to the list of tasks. We get new walls, siding and windows along one side of the the old building.
New features are added to the old as the new restrooms take shape and new walls and roofs get added during the remodel of our old building.