Third Issue of Construction Newsletter Available

The third edition of the Living Hope Construction Update is available now, and there are several ways you can read it: online, on your computer, from a copy you print, or from a copy you pick up at the Welcome Center. As part of their communications during the project, Elzinga & Volkers, our construction management partners, provide this monthly newsletter to keep everyone–near or far–informed about progress.

Click above or follow this link to read it online. Note the controls at the bottom of the screen: the scale at the left allows you to zoom in for legibility; the arrows in the center let you page through; and the two diagonal arrows on the far right will show the newsletter full-screen.

If you prefer to download the newsletter to read it in a PDF viewer (like Adobe Reader) or print it on your home printer, follow this link to the PDF.

A limited number of printed copies will be available at the Welcome Center–while supplies last!

 

Advertisements

New Edition of Construction Update Available

A new edition the the Living Hope Construction Update is available now, and there are several ways you can read it: online, on your computer, from a copy you print, or from a copy you pick up at the Welcome Center. As part of their communications during the project, Elzinga & Volkers, our construction management partners, provide this monthly newsletter to keep everyone–near or far–informed about progress.

Click above or follow this link to read it online. Note the controls at the bottom of the screen: the scale at the left allows you to zoom in for legibility; the arrows in the center let you page through; and the two diagonal arrows on the far right will show the newsletter full-screen.

If you prefer to download the newsletter to read it in a PDF viewer (like Adobe Reader) or print it on your home printer, follow this link to the PDF.

A limited number of printed copies will be available at the Welcome Center–while supplies last!

 

Update from Schematic Design Phase

On March 29, members and friends gathered after 11 a.m. worship to eat pizza–and to see the results of the Schematic Design Phase now nearing completion.

Ann Kansfield, pastor of Greenpoint Church in Brooklyn, New York, was our special guest representing our ministry partners, whose work we plan to support as a part of our capital campaign. Ann described the impact that Hope Church, especially through our youth and their sponsors, has had on Greenpoint’s ministry. She spoke of the optimism and spark of momentum represented by the painting of a fence during a summer service trip; she described their need to expand their food service kitchen, from which they feed 700 hungry people each week.

Lois Maassen described the Schematic Design work just complete. It’s a multi-disciplinary process involving the architects and electrical, structural, acoustical, and mechanical engineers; many Hope Church members participated in providing more detail about our vision. This phase is iterative work: design concepts sparked by requirements are checked for code or structural implications and then to confirm whether costs are in line with expectations. During this phase, we learned that what we’d like to accomplish for accessibility, hospitality and welcoming, sustainability, and flexibility will cost more than our target. There was a small amount of “scope creep” as we detailed our needs (especially in audio/visual systems). The bulk of the increased expense is due to the complexity of our building: Our lack of continuous attics or basements makes installation of heating, cooling, and fire suppression systems difficult. And finally, building inside the current courtyard, while it will help with sustainability by eliminating three long exterior walls, is a challenge.

Jim VanderMolen, architect from Elevate Studio, then presented the plans as currently envisioned.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Inside the facility, Jim reviewed the evolutions since the previous version shared with the congregation. Principal changes included the east entrance to the sanctuary from the Gathering Area, opening the hallway to the youth room from the memorial garden entrance, and the addition of an exterior door to allocate storage-room space to outdoor maintenance supplies and equipment.

Floor Plan_onlyAnd finally, Jim shared renderings of interior spaces, noting that colors, materials, and finishes are at this point only suggestive, not specified.

Chapel Interior_SM

The rendering above shows the rose window at the south end of the chapel. The ceiling is contoured in both directions, reminiscent of canopies and tents. The niches on the left result from our existing architecture and can hold candles, sculptures, or flowers. The wall to the right is the storage shown on the floorplan–for chairs and tables or other furnishings when they’re not in use.

Gathering

This view of the Gathering Area is from the east-side entrance. From left to right, you can see the existing gallery wall; an additional conversational space outside of the chapel; the entry of the chapel; the hallway with the nursery door visible at the end; the glass wall of the reception area of the administrative offices; bookshelves as one option for a more accessible library collection; and then the existing hallway to the education wing and entry to Commons II.

Sam Martin, on behalf of the Living Hope Capital Campaign team, provided an update on progress to date and thinking about next steps. At this moment, we’ve received pledges from about a quarter of members; those who haven’t yet pledged (or those who’d like to reconsider their commitments) are encouraged to prayerfully consider their support. The end of May is the timeframe that will inform decision-making, but pledges received earlier are helpful to understanding our prospects. Sam outlined a number of additional possibilities for resources, including grants, rebates (especially for energy), and fundraising for specific projects.

The next step in the process is for Consistory, at a June meeting, to discern the scope of project to which we’d like to commit, given what we know about available resources.

There were a number of questions asked; while the meeting was not recorded, we’ll look to answer some of them in future posts at this website. If you have additional questions or comments, you can use this contact form or contact the church office or Lois Maassen.

 

 

 

 

 

A Note on Dividing Space

This topic has come up in several discussions, because many of our meeting places are used for multiple purposes.

For the benefit of the architect, we’ll summarize in this one place: Having done an audit of concurrent events and group sizes, and taking into account the trade-offs required for a room to be divisible, we think it will be most workable to keep the divider between current Commons I and Commons II, keep room 106 divisible, and add a divider to the new youth room.

Rooms we will not assume must be divisible are the large Commons room and the chapel.

For any room that has a divider, we’re hoping for ease of use and reasonable acoustical separation.

Envisioning a New Youth Room

Beth Jarvis and Gordon Wiersma met to outline, with a broad brush, the requirements for the new Youth Room. We anticipate opportunities for Hope Church’s youth and adult sponsors to lend their voices and vision as we get closer to the interior design phase.

Whether used on Sundays or other days, mornings or evenings, the activities planned for the space are quite similar:

  • Gathering to talk, around a table or not, with or without snacks
  • Watching videos or digital presentations
  • Doing art or writing projects
  • Playing games, which in the ideal world could include the ping pong and foosball tables currently stored away

What this implies is a high level of flexibility, with furniture that can be easily rearranged. Youth activities typically include 8 to 15 people, occasionally with more when, for example, sponsors meet with GIFT classes. Ideally, the room would contain a small area with counter (and cabinet) space for snacks (which will be brought in; no cooking required in room), a small refrigerator for soda, and a double sink for clean-up from snacks or art activities.

Commons and Gathering Area are currently used, for a number of reasons, including proximity to the parking lot entrance; this is important because for some activities, there’s a “ragged start,” meaning members join as they’re able. Having a sight line to the entrance is good; so is having close proximity to another exit (with a bike rack?). A direct connection to the Chapel is not  preferable, so that there’s some physical space and travel to help with the adjustment to worship.

Carpet in the majority of the space is preferable for warmth and lounging (extra padding?); having a hard-surface floor in an area for snacks is practical. Lighting overall is important to setting the mood for events, which calls for some flexibility in zones or dimming. Having display space on walls is good, but a fixed white board has proven not useful (while a portable one is good). Furniture needs to support both casual and structured activities: tables and chairs that are highly portable, and then, for example, a heap of bean bags? We’ll do more development to get specific.

Storage for games, food, markers, paper, and other activity supplies is required.

When we describe the hoped-for character of the new space, we contrast with perceptions of the current Youth Room, which include cold, dirty, hard, heavy (in part communicated by the beams), and dark. The new room, we hope, will be flexible, inviting, desirable, warm, and cool (in the desirable, attractive sense of the word). Durability and cleanability will be important to keep the room attractive over time.

A side note: There’s a piece of stained glass in a lighted display box in the current Washington School Neighbors office for which we’ll want to find a place of honor in the new facility.

 

Hosting Washington School Neighbors

Andrew Spidahl and Janelle Lopez Koolhaas, the current community connectors for Washington School Neighbors, considered the proposal currently planned for their office. They agree there’s an advantage to having the offices accessible on the same side of the facility as the community garden plots.

The space planned is smaller than what’s currently in use, but it should be workable. They ask whether the door from the hallway to the office can have a window for mutual safety of staff and visitors. Currently, both connectors infrequently overlap with office hours unless they plan to coincide for working meetings.

Furniture is theoretically the responsibility of Washington School Neighbors, although our current staffing (with Andrew as a Hope Church employee devoting half time to two initiatives) blurs that. What’s needed is simple work surface for two, adjacent conference area, and some filing. Storage for event supplies and some hospitality is required.

The overall vibe for the space is intended to be more like a studio, kitchen, or study than an institutional office.

Other rooms are currently used by Washington School Neighbors–most often the Youth Room and Room 106 because of proximity. Events include board meetings and gatherings of neighbors, both of which it’s assumed can be accommodated in the renovated facility.

Two questions for overall facility planning:

  • For hospitality, will there be coatracks available in hallways adjacent? Or is separate planning required?
  • Can reliable wireless access be anticipated?

This page represents conversation in process; the Living Hope Design Team will continue to develop this thinking, and Hope Church members are welcome to add their perspectives. If you subscribe to this blog, please look online for the latest version of any post.