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Capital Campaign Project Update

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August 2017

As you may have noticed if you’ve been around MLUC this summer, there’s been a whole lotta diggin’, repairing, and new construction going on – dramatically increasing our energy-efficiencies and making our building grounds more welcoming to all ages and abilities! Here is just a sampling of numerous results that your investments in the ongoing Capital Campaign have made possible:

Air Conditioning/Heating
Not only is EVERY space in the building now A/C ready, the new units can also help us use less of our main heat because they use heat pump technology to warm spaces as well. Even our beloved McGinness Room has a new thermostat so the temperature will automatically be adjusted.

Exterior and Grounds

  • Five new fully ADA-compliant parking spaces and a walkway make it easier to enter from the lower side entrance and access the elevator.
  • The front entrance has improved accessibility and more convenient spaces for getting in and out of vehicles.
  • A new tank (buried underneath the new ADA parking spaces) captures rainwater runoff from the downspouts and recharges it to the aquifer to soak into the ground.
  • All new energy-efficient windows have been installed throughout the building
  • The chimney has been repaired (water leakage gone).
  • The nursery school playground has been refreshed including St. David’s Nursery School’s play equipment. (Coming attractions: the rest of the playground and terrace deck)

Interior Spaces

  • The office entrance is now much easier to see and access—the left of the front entrance and a new office space has been added.
  • All classrooms have new cabinets and flooring and are freshly painted.
  • New carpets have been installed in all public spaces.

In Progress

  • We are hooking up to the Easttown municipal sewer system—adios old septic tank!
  • All gutters are being repaired or replaced—goodbye duct tape!
  • New and improved signage throughout our grounds
  • Almost all of the stucco has been replaced 


Started in Fall of 2014, the 5-year Building on the Legacy of Love Capital Campaign has a target of $4.5 million. Currently, pledges total $3.5 million.

On January 8, complete explanations for moving forward will be given at both services. A progress and plans slide presentation will be made after each service.

Our entire congregation has shown passion and dedication in raising this money so that we can fulfill our Mission. Our committees have been planning for the most effective ways to carry out our projects.

1. The heating control systems and fire safety systems have been repaired and upgraded and all of the damage caused by the earlier failures has been repaired.

2. The Main Meeting Room has been upgraded for improved sound and visual features that will make our services more effective and engaging. A new projector, sound equipment, and video camera are in place.

3. Window replacement has begun. These are not only more energy efficient windows but they are being installed in a way which blocks air leaks around the frames. They will yield substantial energy savings.

Many other improvements have been made, but 2017 will be the year of big changes.

We hope that you are excited and look forward to our future improvements.


Capital Campaign Grounds Presentation Summary

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March 2016

A vision of the property was presented by the Senior Minister, Julia Hurle and Dave VanOcker to an audience of approximately 75 people. The presentation spoke of respect for the woodland sanctuary, the creation of a more welcoming landscape and designing for flexible usages and improved accessibility/mobility issues. 

The project breaks out into six categories.  Here are the proportional percentages of anticipated costs: Energy 22%, Grounds 22%, Reserve/Fees 22%, Building Exterior 17%, Interiors 12%, Audio Visual 5%. The Grounds projects need to be completed without changing the overall amount of paved or other impermeable structures on the entire property for permitting purposes.

The property currently has a significant slope from front to back. The main entrance would be regraded to remove the main entrance steps.  One will walk directly into the building at grade level.  The current handicap parking (which does not meet code) at the front would be moved to the lower parking level. Either the elevator or steps could be used to reach the Main Meeting room from there.  The driveway area in front of the parsonage would be widened for two way traffic for better overall traffic and pedestrian flow.

The rear of the property would be regraded to allow for larger flat areas with terraced areas in between to increase mixed usage options. There would be a Social Deck that would extend between the Main Meeting room and the McGinnis room ending with tiered seating steps that would give an amphitheater effect. The children’s playground would be on grade with the doors leading from the lower classrooms. 


Capital Campaign Contributions

February 2016

There are several options for contributing to Building on a Legacy of Love. Congregants can contribute stocks, bonds, and other valuables to the Capital Campaign in lieu of standard monetary gifts. If interested in doing this, follow the instructions here, or contact Rich Fritzson () to discuss the process. If you are over 70 and have an IRA, you may donate a portion of your yearly distribution directly to the Capital Campaign, reducing your personal tax. Visit mluc.org to follow progress in our construction phase.


Got Questions? Ask the Campaign Team!
We will acknowledge receipt of your email, investigate, and research possible answers to produce articles and presentations that answer your questions. Since we assume all congregants would be interested in the answers, we will make a public response through church communications and presentations.


Past Updates from the Implementation Team

April 2016

Executive Summary February Activities

  • Formal agreement finalized and executed with Genesis Construction Solutions to serve as Construction Project Manager (PM), Steve Mumper. PM is now advancing the scopes of 6 projects and providing preconstruction consulting on 3 developing programs – Energy Audit, Interiors Design studies, & Grounds Concept planning.
  • Met with Easttown Township manager and engineer to informally discuss grounds concept plans, gaining confirmation on key interpretations that enable us to move forward with zoning permit application.  
  • Grounds Concept plans scheduled for presentation to congregation on Sunday March 13.
  • Interiors group began concept design discussions with Locus Partners on entry spaces and recreation room.
  • The final edition of Reynolds Energy audit & assessment report was issued. The Implementation Team (IT) Energy focus group meeting internally to distill the recommendations into a concise set of recommendations that fit within our program budget.

Detailed Activities

Building Exterior
PM Projects Include:

  • Gutter repairs, linings, heat trace. Assessment of all roofs – confirming remaining service life & cost estimates to confirm budget figures
  • Door replacement MMR (rear) and Atrium (north end)
  • Window & stucco pilot repair program – office & rec room. Includes inventory and assessment of all windows throughout bldg., informing prioritization

Interior
PM Projects Include:

  • Replacement of door thresholds in Fireside Room
  • Fire protection system repairs – McGuiness Rm, Atrium, & Main Meeting Room (MMR); includes incidental insulation & air-barrier sealing at adjacent door openings.
  • Elevator repairs & upgrades – 2nd opinion; establish final program scope

PM Precon Involvement:

  • Interiors group advancing feasibility plans for entry areas and recreation room, meeting with Locus Partners. PM providing constructability insight and cost estimating.

Energy

  • Compressor installation completed.  
  • Replacement of more thermostats completed by Dynatec.
  • BAC system installation now complete. Short term considerations should be given to enhancements of present software arrangement. Training to be scheduled for MLUC staff.

PM Precon Involvement:

  • Reynolds Energy Services submitted final report and met with IT focus group (Rob B, Mick N, others). IT focus group has developed an initial draft set of recommendations, based on the broad set of recommendations in Reynolds report. Further internal discussion anticipated toward a presentation to the ET ~ 3/22. PM will provide confirmation on cost estimates / budgets, informing our prioritization development.

Grounds

  • Informal meeting occurred with Easttown Township (Gene Briggs, Asst Twshp Manager, & Kevin McAgon, Twshp Engineer; MLUC represented by George Broseman, Esq, Rob Lambert, SITE Engrs, Julia Hurle & Dave VanOcker). Favorable responses were received via conversation about our plans, enabling us to proceed with zoning application.
  • Subsequent to the successful meeting with township officials, confirmation of congregation meeting set for March 13.
  • Julia arranged with Locus Partners to develop renderings on Concept Plans for 3/13 presentation.

Electronic Media

  • Spinnaker presented a final design for audio / visual improvements to the MMR. Internal IT focus group to review and develop final recommendations for discussion with Executive Team (ET).

Look Ahead

  • Efforts in the coming weeks will focus on validating program scopes and cost estimates to inform prioritization development. Target presentation to Board of Trustees (BOT) prior to April meeting.
  • Lighting consultant to be retained for McG & Fireside room assessments
  • MEP consultant to be retained to carry forward designs of items selected as a result of adopting specific facets of Reynolds plan

March 2016

Major Accomplishments Thus Far:
Energy: 

  • Automated Controls System replaced for heating & AC
  • New compressor
  • Thermostats replaced & pneumatic tubing repaired 
  • Energy Usage Audit & Systems Analysis

Grounds:

  • Topographic survey
  • Concept Plans for Grounds – drives, parking, playground & gathering spaces 
  • Assessed & rehabilitated septic systems
  • Interiors:
  • Assessments of Elevator & Fire Protection system
  • Designed Fire Protection system repairs
  • Painted parsonage
  • Inventory & Assessment of spaces; analysis of key areas underway:
  • Entrances / Vestibules, Recreation Room
  • People-flow thru Atrium & new deck 

Building Exterior:               

  • Roofing assessments
  • Short-term leakage repairs in MMR & McGuiness

Audio Visual:

  • Analysis model of MMR sound system
  • Designed audio / visual improvements to MMR

General:

  • Retained Genesis Construction Solutions as Project Manager

February 2016

2016 is off to a productive start on several fronts. Steve Mumper was selected as the Capital Campaign Implementation Project Manager. The Reynolds energy audit report was delivered. The revised and combined Landscaping and Civil Engineering concept plan was presented to a stakeholder group for a consensus to advance the plan. Tabulation of the first half year 2016 budget was updated and reviewed with a group of Trustees to refine the reporting and accounting of Capital Campaign expenditures. Spending priorities were reviewed with the Executive Team.

Highlights for the month:

  • Steve Mumper was formally retained to serve as the Project Manager for CC program implementation. A kick-off meeting was held with him on January 18. His initial priorities encompass approximately 8 projects, including the most urgent repair projects.
  • The Landscape and Civil Engineering Concept Plan was presented to our stakeholder group, gaining consensus that program goals had been achieved via the plans. The plans include a full and reduced program scope for budget considerations. The intent is to share these with Easttown Township for their review and input / confirmation of code interpretations.  
  • Locus Partners was commissioned to work with our interior stakeholder group, focusing on conceptual design of the main & entrances to the building, access between the atrium & social deck and the lower level rec room.
  • The Reynolds energy audit final report was issued. The IT continues their internal review and development of formal recommendations for discussion with the ET beginning March.
  • Final recommendations for the audio and video improvements to the Main Meeting Room are expected in February.
  1. 1.Building Exterior [Dave VanOcker]

Roofing, Gutters and downspouts, Walls – Stucco Repair, Windows and Doors

  • Bundling of the Exterior projects is the first priority for the Project Manager.
  • Most exterior repairs that are overdue are scheduled to be done in the first half 2016:
  • Pilot project to explore the extent of stucco repair and air-barrier sealing: scheduled for 2016.
  • Repair or replacement of MMR doors and fitting with double pane glass. This upgrade and added insulation was also identified in the energy audit as a significant energy saver.
  • The gutter repair, the fireside chimney linerand the remaining gutter repairs are high priority.
  1. 2.Building Interior [Dave VanOcker, Pamela Webb, Ann Hiller, Rick Briscoe, John McCormick]

Remodeling: Youth-, Class-, Wonder-, Meditation-, Office, Kitchen, MMR, Music Room, Elevators, Repair and Renewal: Painting, Flooring, Plumbing, Security, Fire Protection

  • Furniture in the Wonder room is slated for new upholstery with material selection having been made. Competitive quotes are scheduled for this work which was not included in the Board of Trustees approved funds for first half 2016; however a recommendation to fund it will be submitted for approval.
  • A second opinion on the elevator improvements and update is still needed. A recent problem with the elevator operation has increased the urgency to define a repair/upgrade of the building elevator.
  • Pamela Webb (with assistance of Rick Briscoe & Ann Hiller) has held various stakeholder meetings and completed the initial inventory and evaluation of all interior spaces, especially those spaces which are to be remodeled, repaired and/or updated. More storage space in the rec room and the McGuiness room are under consideration to store chairs and meeting materials. Locus Partners was hired with the initial emphasis on the design of the entrances and storage space in several rooms.
  1. 3.Energy [Mick Navaline, Al Little, Bill Heintzelman, Rob Becker]

Audit, Lighting Upgrades, Refrigerators, Solar, Mechanical, Air Conditioning, Heating System, Geothermal, Parsonage Furnace and HVAC

  • Reynolds Energy Services submitted and presented their draft energy audit report to the group. The report contains a broad list of recommendations, many of which may not be suitable for us to undertake. A Level III analysis will be necessary in order for the group to gain a higher level of accuracy in estimated costs for improvements and to stay within the Capital Campaign budget. We anticipate developing an internal executive summary of final recommendations to present to the ET, based on the Level II analysis.. This is expected to be ready for internal discussion in March.
  • The new compressor for the heating control system was delivered in December. The three-phase electric line was installed for the new compressor. The installation of the new compressor and its accessories is scheduled for February. It will complete the upgrade of the heating control system within budget.
  • Dynatec has replaced more thermostats in January and components of the control system that needed to be replaced. Training needs to be scheduled for designated staff and key volunteers.
  • Dynatec is working with Reynolds Energy Systems to identify improvements in the control system that will lead to better heat management and energy reduction. The capability to include new features was allowed for in the design and purchase of the new Building Automation System.
  • A careful review of spaces that were initially planned to receive Air Conditioning is recommended to support the prioritization of Air Conditioning improvements. Preliminary discussions with the ET appear to indicate that summer space utilization (upper level classrooms) is not a pressing need. New AC will lead to higher electric consumption and add the associated maintenance costs to the operating budget.
  1. 4.Grounds: Hardscape [Dave VanOcker, Julia Hurle, Tom Farr, Tim Hart, Susan Smith ]

Property line and grade survey, storm water management, drywell, Sewer System, Paving, Pedestrian Pathways, retaining walls, Signage

  • A final design concept that recognizes budget imitations has been submitted and was part of the combined Civil-Landscaping concept presentation to a group of select stakeholders for consensus. The plan recognizes the essential elements of improved handicap parking and building access and the requirement for storm water management.  
  • Options for the sanitary sewer system were defined. Set-aside of funding for longer term on-site sewer replacement or a future connection to the public sewer system beyond 2020 should be considered in the set-aside for the reserve fund. The priority of replacing the on-site-sewer system with a public sewer connection or a new on-site system has been downgraded as a result of the favorable assessment and repairs by Grey Brothers. A decision to allocate reserve funds for future sewer connection has to be made.
  • With the stakeholder support the design concept is to be presented and discussed with Easttown Township. George Broseman was retained as legal representative for the township discussions.
  1. 5.Grounds: Landscape [Julia Hurle, Priscilla/Frank Osgood, Tom Farr, Dave VanOcker, Susan Smith]

Social Terrace, Playground, Deck, Fire Pit and seating, Landscaping, Fencing, Labyrinth

The Civil and Landscaping concepts were combined in the concept presentation by Julia Hurle and Dave VanOcker on January 14. The Landscaping plan was scaled back to conform to the Capital Campaign budget. With the stakeholder consensus the combined plan is to be discussed with Easttown Township.

  1. 6.Electronic Media [Peter McDowell, Joe Campbell, Steven Goodsell, Todd Shilhanek]

AVL Engineering, Audio, Video, Chancel/Lighting, Flat Screens, Conference Upgrade

Spinnaker has prepared the Audio and Video concepts for the MMR. A walkthrough has been rescheduled in February at a church with similar features before submitting the recommendations for upgrades. Recommendations will be reviewed in February.


January 2016

The focus of January activities was to screen, select and interview candidates for the project manager position. Discussions with the Landscape Architects and the Civil Engineer to scale back their concepts to more affordable versions as well as energy audit discussions with Reynolds Energy were also held this month. The approved near term requirements for capital spending in the next six months were discussed with the Executive Team and the Board of Trustees. An annual review of the Capital Campaign spending priorities was recommended to reconcile the spending targets with the pledge totals and to ensure that essential repairs and renewals are scheduled ahead of those which have an element of discretionary spending. A tabulation of priorities and funding has been submitted to the Executive Team as a basis for reviewing of priorities. An updated overall cash flow projection that reflects a$4.5 million fund raising target should be prepared. A meaningful chart would need to include the yearly allocation for the reserve fund and the anticipated allocation of fees and contingencies.

Highlights for the month:

  • Three candidates were interviewed for the project manager position. Candidates submitted proposal. A recommendation to engage the successful applicant will be made in January.
  • Discussions were held with SITE Engineering to define the essential civil work to be planned, namely the ADA parking and the storm water drainage. A reduced scope version of the concept plan is to be developed for presentation to the stake holders in January.
  • Separate discussions were had with Locus Partners to significantly scale back their design to fit into the budget. Essential components are to be prioritized and optional items are to be identified that can be funded at a later date. A combined presentation with the civil construction is planned for January.
  • The Reynolds energy audit draft report was issued and discussed to refine the content in a way that allows for a systematic allocation of energy project priorities. Significant energy savings are proposed and the geothermal heating/cooling system is deemed uneconomical.
  • Final recommendations for the audio and video improvements to the Main Meeting Room are expected in January.
  • A recommendation to retain Locus Partners for the entrance design was made to the ET.
  1. 1.Building Exterior [Dave VanOcker]

Roofing, Gutters and downspouts, Walls – Stucco Repair, Windows and Doors

  • Bundling of the Exterior projects is the first priority for the Project Manager.
  • Partial gutter repairs were completed in December.
  • Pilot project to explore the extent of stucco repair and air-barrier sealing: rescheduled for 2016.
  • An alternative is being considered for the MMR door replacements involving refurbishment of the doors and fitting them with double paned glass: rescheduled for 2016. This upgrade and added insulation was identified in the energy audit as a significant energy saver.
  • The hiring of a project manager is scheduled for January. All urgent repairs are to be the project manager’s first priority for 2016.
  • The gutter repair, the fireside chimney liner: Remaining gutter repairs rescheduled for 2016
  • Emergency repairs have been made to a section of atrium window that shifted in its frame.
  1. 2.Building Interior [Dave VanOcker, Pamela Webb, Ann Hiller, Rick Briscoe, John McCormick]

Remodeling: Youth-, Class-, Wonder-, Meditation-, Office, Kitchen, MMR, Music Room, Elevators, Repair and Renewal: Painting, Flooring, Plumbing, Security, Fire Protection

  • The furniture which is slated for new upholstery has been identified and material selection has been made. Competitive quotes are scheduled for this work which was not included in the Board of Trustees approved funds for first half 2016; however a recommendation to fund it will be submitted for approval.
  • A second opinion on the elevator improvements and update is still needed. A recent problem with the elevator operation has increased the urgency to define a repair/upgrade of the building elevator.
  • Pamela Webb (with assistance of Rick Briscoe & Ann Hiller) has held various stakeholder meetings and completed the initial inventory and evaluation of all interior spaces, especially those spaces which are to be remodeled, repaired and/or updated. More storage space in the rec room and the McGuiness room are under consideration to store chairs and meeting materials. The hiring of Locus Partners was recommended with the initial emphasis on the design of the entrances and storage space in several rooms.
  1. 3.Energy [Mick Navaline, Al Little, Bill Heintzelman, Rob Becker]

Audit, Lighting Upgrades, Refrigerators, Solar, Mechanical, Air Conditioning, Heating System, Geothermal, Parsonage Furnace and HVAC

  • Reynolds Energy Services submitted and presented their draft energy audit report to the group.

The largest source for energy savings are deemed to be heating (boiler) upgrade, lighting and improved seals around doors and windows. A geothermal system does not enhance the energy efficiency and is costly. The energy savings impact of adding vestibules is considered to be minimal. This will be integrated into the entrance design considerations. Detailed recommendations will follow in the final report to be submitted in early January.

  • The new compressor for the heating control system was delivered in December. The three-phase electric line was installed for the new compressor. The installation of the new compressor and it’s accessories is scheduled for January. It will complete the upgrade of the heating control system within budget.
  • Dynatec has completed the repair of all the inspected components of the control system that needed to be replaced. Training should be scheduled for designated staff and key volunteers.
  • Dynatec is work with Reynolds Energy Systems to identify improvements in the control system that will lead to better heat management and energy reduction. The capability to include new features was allowed for in the design and purchase of the new Building Automation System.
  • A careful review of the Air Conditioning needs is recommended to generate a list of priorities for Air Conditioning that is advisable in the context of the likely use of spaces that are yet to be air conditioned. New Air Conditioning will lead to higher electric consumption and add the associated maintenance costs to the operating budget.
  1. 4.Grounds: Hardscape [Dave VanOcker, Julia Hurle, Tom Farr, Tim Hart, Susan Smith ]

Property line and grade survey, storm water management, drywell, Sewer System, Paving, Pedestrian Pathways, retaining walls, Signage

  • SITE Engineering discussed a scaled-back version of the leading concept for parking, paving and storm water control that presented at the November 23rd meeting of stakeholders. The additional costs of upgrading memorial garden walkways and lighting on the grounds is to be included in the revised costs before review with stakeholders and subsequent recommendations for approval.
  • Options for the sanitary sewer system were defined. Set-aside of funding for longer term on-site sewer replacement or a future connection to the public sewer system beyond 2020 should be considered in the set-aside for the reserve fund. The priority of replacing the on-site-sewer system with a public sewer connection or a new on-site system has been downgraded as a result of the favorable assessment and repairs by Grey Brothers. No decision to allocate reserve funds for future sewer connection has been made.
  • A review of the landscaping and civil work is scheduled to be presented to the stakeholders in a January meeting to lead to the next step in the implementation process. With stakeholder support and subsequent presentation to the congregation the design concept is to be presented to the township.
  1. 5.Grounds: Landscape [Julia Hurle, Priscilla/Frank Osgood, Tom Farr, Dave VanOcker, Susan Smith]

Social Terrace, Playground, Deck, Fire Pit and seating, Landscaping, Fencing, Labyrinth

Discussions were held with Locus Partners to scale back their proposed concept plan to reflect the essentials that can be supported by the budget. The scaled back versions are scheduled to be presented to the stakeholder group in January to prepare the basis of a plan that can be submitted to Easttown Township and to the congregation.

  1. 6.Electronic Media [Peter McDowell, Joe Campbell, Steven Goodsell, Todd Shilhanek]

AVL Engineering, Audio, Video, Chancel/Lighting, Flat Screens, Conference Upgrade

Spinnaker has prepared the Audio and Video concepts for the MMR. A walkthrough is scheduled in January at a church with similar features before submitting the recommendations for upgrades. Recommendations will be reviewed in January.