Two and a half years ago the Board of Directors, Church Council and Pastor Steve committed to launching a comprehensive study of the short and long term facility needs of our church campus. In July of 2016, The Facilities Master Plan Committee consisting of Monte Stuck, Suzy Morgan, Tom Cutler, Chuck Jervis, Bob Hodges, Frank Kejmar, Neal Waner, Lisa Soria and Steve Davis, began the process.
The charge to committee was to develop a “Master Plan Concept” that provides ideas for discussing and addressing the present and future needs of our church campus in areas such as: handicapped access, ministries and programs, openness and landscaping, access and security, and most importantly, the maintenance and preservation of our place of worship and one of our community’s most revered historical assets.
In August, the committee interviewed and hired David Keitel, Principal Architect, with domusstudios in San Diego. This architectural design firm is highly recognized for its extensive sacred experience designing and remodeling hundreds of worship centers throughout Southern California and Southwestern United States. (domusstudios.com)
As the first step in the design process, a civil engineering firm was hired to provide a complete Topographic Study/Report of the entire church campus. This report is required for any re-designing, retrofitting and remodeling of our church grounds and buildings. In addition, we engaged an imaging company to create a complete set of floor plans also necessary for any structural repair or modification to our buildings.
With our architect providing a proven blueprint for developing a comprehensive master plan, the committee spent a great deal of time reviewing and discussing church program and ministry needs both currently and in the future. Data from church membership surveys were reviewed. Several of us visited other churches and worship centers looking at current trends where facility flexibility was a predominate theme in newer worship facilities. This process took over a year with the committee meeting on an average of twice a month.
The final phase was developing and reviewing concept designs. The architects took the committee’s desired components and requirements and provided several conceptual designs. The century old buildings and elevation challenges required creativity, persistence and patience.
The Committee’s Master Plan was completed at the end of 2017 and presented to the Board and Council in 2018. A power point presentation has been developed by the architectural firm’s graphics department and will be presented to the congregation on Sunday, February 24th following the second service. We hope all will attend and join the discussion on the long-range facility modernization, community outreach, ministry growth and preservation plan for our structures.