Dear Valley church Family, We want you all to know about the progress of your new building. We told you a few weeks ago that two major inspections were successfully completed. Our borough fire inspector and our construction codes inspector both gave us the go-ahead for dry wall installation. They praised the building construction quality and only required a tiny correction to be made.
A great deal of work has been done in the last several days at the building:
Barry has been finalizing the framing of walls in several areas inside the building. Among the most significant are the very tall walls around the baptistery at the front of the auditorium.
The current property was deeded to the Valley Church of Christ in 1976. By 1977 the church had built only the basement of the "fellowship" side of the current structure and was meeting there. Active membership at the time was around 50.
In the early 1980's the current "fellowship hall" was added above ground and became the auditorium. Later, two enclosed "ATCO" trailers were attached to the back for classrooms. Active membership was around 80 at that time.
In 1992 the church built the current auditorium and basement classrooms. The old building was not required to match the newer codes as long as the connection between the buildings was kept to a minimum. That is why we have such a skinny hallway between our auditorium and fellowship hall. At this time active membership was around 100.
I am excited to announce that we have received a proposal from a local contractor that finally could allow us to begin building this summer. This proposal is for the first phase of the building and floor plan on the new property that we have been working on for the last few years and that has been presented to you.
Next Sunday, March 18, 2012, Lord willing, we will meet as a congregation to look at this proposal in detail and discuss our options and challenges. We have not set an exact time for the meeting yet so please stay tuned.
Till we meet please pray for God's blessing, guidance and strength so we may move forward in unity as a congregation.
I last talked to you back in March and I know that you have been wondering what was going on.
Our goal going into the spring was to nail down a price for constructing the first phase of our new building so that we could move forward with on site work this fall. Working with F E Contracting of Palmer we finalized our building plans and had an architect draw up rough elevations. With that information in hand, F E was able to get a quote from a steel building company and give us a first phase estimate.
As background information, since we don't have all the cash in hand to complete a building, we have been working from the premise that we needed to build in phases as funds became available. In that vein we have considered two general approaches. One, the one we have been working on, is to build a whole shell as a first phase and then finish the interior in sections. The other option being that we would build a smaller section to completion, like the auditorium and then add on other sections, classroom and fellowship wings, as funds became available.