Building Update for April 10, 2015

April 10th, 2015

Dear Epiphany,

We’ve had a significant change to the construction schedule that we’d like to let you know about.

Due to a variety of factors (including the asbestos abatement, the realization that we needed to replace most of the plumbing in the Parish Hall, and additional repairs to the bay window in the Fireside Room), we’ve had to push back the completion date of the Parish Hall until the end of July. Because we won’t be able to move into the Parish Hall until the first week of August, we can’t start on the Chapel until then too. We need to have a place for the occupants of the lower Chapel hall (the choir and an EELP class) to move to before we can move them out.

However, we can absorb some of this delay by starting on the Church before the Parish Hall/Chapel turnover. Our contractor, Lease Crutcher Lewis, will begin working on the Church on June 1. You may realize already, that this means we will be short our large worship space for the months of June and July. Fortunately, the folks at Epiphany School can make their gym available to us for that period of time, so services previously scheduled to be held in the Great Hall will move to the gym. You can find more details about those specific plans in the Weekly Word and the website as they are solidified.

Because we are starting the work on the Church in June, we expect to occupy it again by the end of November. This means that we are still planning to worship in the Church throughout Advent. We expect that construction in the Chapel will end before Christmas, although the new organ will not be installed at that time. At this time we have not had a conversation with Martin Pasi about his availability to install the organ starting in the middle of December. LCL assures us that we’ll be able to get a Certificate of Occupancy for the Chapel even though the organ is not complete.

Many people have been working diligently for several weeks in order to find the best way to accommodate the changes in the construction schedule, and we are pleased that we were able to achieve consensus around this plan. Everyone who was at the table: Jim Crutcher, Rick, Dai, Russ, and Chauntelle, from LCL; John Nesholm, our architect; Doyt, Emily, and the Building Team all acknowledge that the discussion, while occasionally spirited, was always focused on the our original desire to bring the project in on budget, in scope, and as quickly as possible. We believe that we have achieved that with this plan.

If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact any member of the Building Team.

—Ben Bradstreet

The Next 100 Years Building Team
Ed Emerson, Laura Blackmore, Bob Barnes, Jim Marlow, Ben Bradstreet
Contact the Building Team at 100yearproject@epiphanyseattle.org.