It’s been over a month since we’ve closed out our capital campaign, so I’ll take this opportunity to give you an update on how things are going, since our building project is moving ahead quickly.
Since the close of our campaign, our biggest priority has been to sign a general contractor to lead the construction effort. After receiving competitive bids from three companies – and going through the necessary diocesan approval process – I’m happy to report that we have hired Majority Builders as our contractor. Majority has a great deal of experience with this type of building project, including building on a church/school campus, and we’re really excited to work with them.
To address the questions that I think that most people have:
- We fully expect to break ground this June, shortly after school lets out for the summer.
- We expect the new facility to be ready for use at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. This is six months earlier than we thought would be possible when I originally presented our plans to you, so this is good news indeed!
- Our contract stipulates that the guaranteed maximum cost of the project will be $5 million, just as we presented to you during the campaign.
Between now and groundbreaking this summer, there is much work to be done. We are in the process of completing the design documents and making a host of decisions about the finer points of the new building. We’re also making plans on how to handle the disruptions that construction will cause to processes such as school drop-off and pick-up, and to parish events like Brewfest and the Parish Picnic. Some disruption is normal, but we want to make sure that the life of the parish continues as smoothly as possible during this 14-month construction window.
Many thanks to all those who have helped get us to this point in our project, especially our Business Manager, Mike Selsor; our Principal, Steve Hoffman; our architect, parishioner Andrew Roche; and the parishioners on our Building Committee, Matthew Fulcher, Juli Hardig, Jeff Hirsch and Pat Matthews. Their work on this project over the last few years has invaluable in creating a design that will serve the mission of our parish and school for generations to come.