Renovation / Enhancements 2020

Status of Projects

Holy Trinity Cathedral Renovation/ Enhancement Projects 2020

It is with great pleasure that we provide another incredibly positive update for our Cathedral Renovation/Enhancement 2020 Projects and related fund-raising accomplishments.

Overview Status:

Construction has started on several of the projects.

  • Vestry: The remodel of the Church Vestry is almost complete. The cabinets and flooring have all been replaced, and the room repainted. Just a few small items left to take care of. It looks great!
    (See pictures at the end of this document.)
  • Nave: On Sunday, we will provide banquet chairs for seating. The pews have been removed from the Nave, in preparation for the many projects to be carried out in the Church. For example, now that the pews on the main level of the nave have been removed, we can remove the pews from the Choir Loft with a lift.
    (See pictures at the end of this document.)
    Choir Loft: The Choir Loft is closed during services due to construction investigation activity. The pews in the Choir Loft will be removed on Monday, 19-OCT, via a large hoist that will be on the main level.
  • Men’s Bathroom in the Narthex: The remodel of the men’s bathroom is also near completion. All that remains are a few punch list items.

Fund Raising:

In late 2019, the Beautification & Design Review Committee (BDRC) and the Maintenance Committee kicked-off a fund-raising effort to enable the completion of 5 Main Projects, (1. Vestry Remodel; 2. Lighting System; 3. Audio System; 4. Choir Loft Renovation; and 5. Nave Painting). A target was set last year to raise $600,000. We have now reached and surpassed our fundraising goal of $600,000. Many thanks to ALL that contributed to this amazing effort – 73 parishioners contributed to these worthy projects. We would like to note that the vision to meet this fundraising target was made possible by some significant donations.

  • A $300K matching fund donation was made by a parishioner, contingent on another $300K being raised to earn the match. The challenge was met, this donation has been received, and all the funds have been deposited in the Community’s Beautification Fund.
  • A donation of ~$90K was made by a parishioner for painting the interior of the Cathedral and associated sub-projects.
  • A donation of $80K was made by the Fr. Elias Memorial Fund for the Vestry remodeling project.
  • A donation of $25K was made by a parishioner to refinish the Men’s Bathroom in the Narthex, and to refinish the choir loft pews, with balance to be applied to the other projects.
  • A donation of $20,143 from the estate of Leigh Ann Hieronymus.
  • A donation of $20,000 for a Permanent Video System was donated by a parish family in memory of the family patriarch.

Projects:

The list of projects under consideration by the BDRC and Maintenance Committee has grown beyond the five projects originally discussed and passed at last year’s November General Assembly. Consideration of additional related projects has been spurred in some cases by donor interest and in other cases by need. There are now 9 total projects under various stages of review and implementation by the committees and one project that is on hold.

The 5 Main Projects are:
1. Vestry Remodel; 2. Lighting System; 3. Audio System; 4. Choir Loft Renovation; and 5. Nave Painting.

The 5 Ancillary Projects are:
6. Floor Covering Under Nave Pews; 7. Men's Narthex Bathroom; 8. Refinish Balcony Pews; and 9. Permanent Video System. The TENTH project to Modify Pews for Wheelchair Access is on hold (not yet funded).

Status of Projects:

Design efforts have been underway for several months, and now, project implementation has started and is expected to continue on some projects through January 2021. Many of the projects will be completed at the same time in the November/December timeframe, since those projects will be coordinated with removal of the Church pews, which is being done to facilitate performance of the major projects. Below is a brief status overview for each of the projects.

  1. Vestry Remodel:
    The Vestry Remodel started the week of August 31, with a target completion of October 23rd. We are on target to enable the clergy to start moving many of the liturgical items back into the Vestry by October 16th, and expect to only have a few remaining punch-list items to complete after that date. This project will provide a needed facelift for our Church Vestry, which has not been remodeled since the initial construction of our Church back in 1950. An $80K donation in memory of Fr. Elias was granted from the Fr. Elias Memorial Fund for this project.
  2. Lighting System:
    Investigation for wire routing has been underway for the last month. On October 7th, the combined BDRC and Maintenance Committee reviewed light fixtures in the Church to ensure the fixtures deliver on the Lighting System upgrade objectives to enhance the lighting of the major icons in our Cathedral and upgrade some of the Nave light fixtures. From that review, the Lighting System design and fixture selection was refined and completed. Now that the Pews are removed from the Nave, the installation of wire and signal cable will start, with target light fixture installation in December.
  3. Audio System:
    The audio system upgrade will provide a state-of-the-art audio system for our Cathedral, including new electronics, speakers, and microphones. The upgrade will also provide a system that will enhance the listening experience for hearing impaired parishioners. The design for the audio system is complete and the contract for the work has been rewarded to Delta Audio and Video. Now that the Pews are removed from the Nave, the installation of wire and signal cable will start, with target sound system installation in late November, into December.
  4. Choir Loft Renovation:
    Balcony access was closed for parishioner use starting on 5-OCT, to enable structural and wiring investigation. The Choir Loft Renovation is the largest of the renovation projects and design work is still in process to enable getting permits for this project. We have iterated the designs for this project (with the arch remaining) and hope to have enough design details to enable permit application in the next three weeks. The target start date for the Choir Loft Renovation is mid-November. We expect completion of the choir loft project in January.
  5. Church Nave Painting:
    Altar painting starts on Monday, 2-NOV. The plan is to paint the Altar on Monday through Thursday of that week, so that we can continue to have services in the Church the following weekend. The bid for the Church Nave Painting has been awarded to Hunt Painting, which is owned by parishioner Steve Hunt (and his wife Demetria, formerly Corvallis). Steve also has agreed to donate lifts for use in painting and the other projects, which saves costs on the other projects. The target start date for the Church Nave Painting is early-to-mid December, following a level of completion of the other projects that enables painting. This project was enabled by a targeted donation given by a donor for painting the inside of the church.
  6. Floor Covering Under Nave Pews:
    The pews in the Nave were moved to the Large Hall on Monday, 12-OCT. The Nave Floor Covering project was added to the scope of renovation work since the Nave Pews are removed for renovation projects #2 through #5 above. The target start date for installing the new floor covering is in December, following necessary completion of the other projects that enables replacing the Nave floor.
  7. Narthex Men's Bathroom Remodel:
    The Men's Bathroom Remodel is almost complete. The Men's Bathroom Remodel started the week of August 31st, with a target completion of October 23rd.  The bathroom is now available for use with minor punch-list items remaining. This project was enabled by a targeted donation given by a donor for the Narthex Men's Bathroom Remodel, and the Refinishing of the Church Balcony Pews (#8).
  8. Refinish Choir Loft Pews:
    The Choir Loft Pews will be removed on Monday, 19-OCT. The Refinishing of the Church Balcony Pews will be performed by Hunt Painting, and performed in the November time frame. They will be reinstalled before the Nave pews are reinstalled.
  9. Permanent Video System:
    A $20K donation was received from a parish family in memory of its family patriarch. Now that the Pews are removed from the Nave, the installation of wire and signal cable will start, with target camera system installation in December. The new video system will provide cameras with pan, tilt and zoom controls and a control system for controlling the cameras, switching between cameras, and streaming to webcasts such as YouTube and Facebook. The system will also enable us to take and to save recordings of holiday services and sacraments.
  10. Modify Pews for added Wheelchair Access:
    This project is on hold. The bid to modify the two front rows of pews and the front row pew fence is just under $15K.
    Funds currently are NOT available for this project
    . Please reach out if you are interested in learning more about this project or donating to this project.

Closing:

We are excited about the progress on the projects and the impact they will have on our beautiful Cathedral. If you would like to further discuss any of the projects, please reach out to George Lendaris, Project Coordinator, or any member of the Beautification & Design Review Committee or the Maintenance Committee.

Pictures of our beautiful newly renovated Vestry.

Our beautiful newly renovated Vestry.

 

One set of drawers still needs to be assembled.

Picture of our church with pews removed. Banquet chairs will be set up in the church for services this Sunday. SERVICES WILL BE IN THE CHURCH though the end of October.

 

Picture of our Large Hall with pews set up in the hall. Services will move to the Large Hall some time in November.

Click here to see more photos of the renovations!