History & Background
Renovation of our Sanctuary Building restrooms was selected as a high priority capital project at a congregation meeting on February 17, 2019. It competed with other capital project ideas such as an outside deck on the south side of he Sanctuary Building, a new Main Road Sign, replacing the Sanctuary Building carpets and providing some Sanctuary chairs with arm rests for people with mobility limitations. On September 19, 2019, following several meetings with representatives from the Texas Methodist Foundation, we decided that the timing was not right for a large, formal fund-raising project and that we would raise funding by ourselves over a longer time frame. The COVID-19 pandemic hit the entire USA in early 2020 and the idea for this project lay dormant for several months. In-person indoor worship services were suspended by a vote of the Church Council on March 17, 2020. The church office and buildings were also closed. The church embarked on a livestreaming project to fill the void for worship services. The existence of the pandemic suggested that the timing of a renovation project was good, considering that the building was not being used during the suspension.
In the May 2020 Church Council meeting, the council approved a motion from Jane Howard to ask the Trustees to “propose a stretch goal for the ADA bathroom” thus re-launching our effort on this project in the middle of the pandemic. Jane wrote an article entitled, “What Did You Do This Summer” for our monthly Connections newsletter. This launched our fundraising effort for the project. On June 16, 2020 we sent the congregation (100) letters requesting pledges and contributions. By January 2021 we had sufficient funds raised to begin the project. We selected Qual-Con G.C., LLC construction company to perform the work. Barbara King managed the contractor selection and design input from the church. Construction began on February 24, 2021 with the Demolition Phase of the project.
Demolition Phase (February 24, 2021 – March 3, 2021)
Sawcutting Phase (March 3, 2021 – March 22, 2021)
◊ (Currently in progress) Rough Plumbing Phase (March 10, 2021 –