What We Accomplished
Foundation: Replacement or reinforcement of the crumbling foundation in the main structure
Seismic bracing: Wood-clad steel gables on three sides of the sanctuary, with anchoring to the new foundation, and shear walls in the lower level. The structural engineer and carpenters did such a beautiful job, you’d hardly know anything was done. (Just after we completed the project, we experienced our first earthquake within a church service, and the solid structure got a standing ovation!)
ADA access: A new ramp and raised terrace to provide access to the sanctuary. Built-in bench seating on the terrace, new landscaping, and exterior outlets so the congregation can now have coffee there on lovely days.
ADA bathroom: A spacious bathroom that is ADA accessible, more practical for brides, and terrific for the rest of us.
New stairs: Safer, colored concrete stairs to the patio, with steel rails on both sides (replacing open wooden stairs)
Handicap parking: One handicap space off Excelsior Lane with lighted ramp to new Thomson Hall entrance.
Fire safety: Concealed sprinkler system throughout the building and a new fire alarm system.
Electrical work: Rewiring of the main chandelier, replacement of its sockets, and new fluorescent bulbs in
Thomson Hall. In addition, a new underground service was installed with many dedicated circuits so fuses will no longer blow!
New floor: A beautiful Australian hardwood floor in Thomson Hall.
Pews: New pew cushions and accommodation for wheelchair seating in the sanctuary.
Manse and garage: In separate projects, complete refurbishment of the manse after a fire, and a new roof and shingles for the garage.