Renovation Updates

  1. Construction’s Underway: What To Know

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    The long-awaited renovation work at ELPC has finally begun! This will be a significant project affecting three floors of the building and several of the exterior entrances. Construction is scheduled to be completed in a 10-month time period, barring any unforeseen delays.

    As we begin this journey together, all are invited to a groundbreaking event following worship on Sun., May 14.

    The sequence of work will begin with the Whitfield Entrance and Ground Floor improvements first, with work on the Second Floor offices and work spaces happening this summer. Renovations on the First Floor will likely begin this fall.

    Throughout this time of construction, your patience, prayers and flexibility will be greatly appreciated. Programs and events will largely continue as planned, although rooms hosting the events or pathways to the events may at times be different than normal.

    If you have specific questions, contact Pam Kimmel, business administrator, at 412.441.3800 x118.

  2. Building Our Future Campaign Kick-Off

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    Building Our Future_FAELPC has long played a central role in the East Liberty community. Given the dramatic, positive changes occurring in our neighborhood, and with East End Cooperative Ministries having moved to their new location, our church leadership began discerning what new initiatives God was setting before us. After years of planning, prayer, and due-diligence, the Session has inaugurated our renovation project’s capital campaign, Building Our Future.

    The renovation work involves improvements to our church’s infrastructure, public meeting rooms, youth and fellowship spaces, and exterior entrances. It will prepare our church for the full array of present ministry needs and possible programs for our future. We look forward to sharing this exciting initiative with you on Sun., Nov. 8, during Journey and Sanctuary worship.

    The renovation project currently has a budget of $6 million. Over half of that amount is to be raised from community foundations, with a goal of $2.25 million set for our congregation. This amount can be pledged over a five-year period and our capital campaign leadership has made great progress on reaching this goal already. Listed below are several campaign informational meetings scheduled in mid-November. There, you will learn more about the renovations planned for our historic building, our vision for the future, and how you can help. Everyone is welcome. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

    Upcoming Campaign Meetings:

    • Wed., Nov. 11, after Taizé prayer service in the Chapel
    • Sun., Nov. 15, after Journey worship in the Social Hall
    • Sun., Nov. 15, after Sanctuary worship in the Chapel
  3. Building Our Future

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    Building Our Future_FAAs you know, ELPC is in the midst of the planning stages of a monumental renovation project. The proposed enhancements will allow us to honor the beauty of our church while preparing our building to meet the future needs of our ministry and community.

    In order to make these dreams a reality, we need resources. Therefore, we have begun the Building Our Future capital campaign. The campaign is our initiative to raise $6 million over a five year period to meet our current and future needs. Of that goal, we hope to raise $2.25 million through gifts from the congregation and $3–4 million from local and regional philanthropic foundations. Our campaign is progressing beautifully in both areas. Our congregation has been incredibly generous so far, and we have received substantial support from the Richard King Mellon Foundation.

    The Building Our Future campaign is a large undertaking. Perhaps you, a friend, or some one you know has already been asked to participate. If not, please know that your support is critical to our success. Between now and the end of the year, we will invite every member and friend of the ELPC family to participate. Meanwhile, we ask that everyone, regardless of your current involvement, pray for the success of the Building Our Future campaign. More details will be coming soon.

  4. Renovation Update – June 2015

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    Over the past weeks, the Capital Campaign Committee has been actively working to plan requests for financial support, both from congregational and community sources. Concurrently, the architects have been working to complete sketches and outline renovation priorities for consideration by the Renovation Committee, which will present its recommendation to Session at their June meeting.

    Following any Session action, the congregation will again be encouraged to offer feedback on these latest drawings before the process shifts from the “schematic design” to “design development” phase.

    The Property and Worship Committees also are looking at improvements in 2015 to our Sanctuary’s video and sound systems.

  5. Renovation Update – May 2015

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    In moving forward on possible renovation work, a Capital Campaign Committee has been formed. The co-chairs of this committee are Barbara and Mark DeWitt, Lora and Damon Bethea, and Elaine Bellin. Working with Session and the Renovations Committee, a local consultant firm—Linden Partners—was hired as of April 1, to begin guiding the church in fundraising from the church governing bodies, congregational members and friends, affiliated groups, and foundations.

    In addition, the architectural and engineering firms are developing schematic design ideas, hoping to complete this phase for Session consideration before the end of June.

  6. Renovation Update – April 2015

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    March proved to be a busy month for the church renovation planning and design work. After a post-worship presentation on March 8, and a series of congregational feedback sessions, the Pfaffmann & Associates architectural firm began putting together schematic design proposals. These drawings will help determine the full scope, budget, and details of any proposed renovations, as well as make progress on defining the infrastructure improvements ELPC needs (e.g., energy improvements, upgrades in lighting, ventilation, sound systems, etc.).

    The Renovations Committee is now having regular meetings with the Property Committee. At the same time, March saw the initiation of structured fundraising efforts that will involve working with a campaign consultant and preparing materials for both foundation funding proposals and congregational support.

    Check back for more updates.


    Concept drawings for the Chapel include installing flexible seating and a Labyrinth floor.


  7. Renovation Update – March Feedback Sessions

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    Three feedback sessions, bringing together congregation members and architects from Pfaffmann + Associates, were just completed. (These were held on March 9, 5:30–7 pm; March 11: 5:30–7 pm; and March 16, 5:30–7:30 pm.) Presentations were made and comments offered related to possible renovations and usage changes for spaces on the Ground, First and Second Floors.

    The architects will spend the coming weeks shaping those ideas into “schematic design” options, which will be considered by the Renovations Committee, Property Committee, and Session.
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  8. Renovation Update – March 2015

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    At this stage, the key tasks of the renovation process involve hiring a capital campaign consultant to assist in raising funds, to scheduling additional meetings with the congregation for feedback on design priorities, and obtaining Session approval on timetables and budgets for both the financial and architectural components moving forward.

    During March, a letter outlining many of these details will be sent to congregation members and friends, and will be posted on our website and church bulletin board. The Renovation Committee will strive to keep people informed of the steps ahead and will be meeting regularly with the Property Committee. Feel free to pass on to them any thoughts, questions or concerns you may have.

  9. Renovation Update – February 2015

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    The Renovations Committee reconvened in January to review the status of the overall project to date, and to consider our next steps. They recommend the following actions:

    • Continue to develop a committee, budget and timeline for any congregational capital campaign and foundation grant proposals;
    • Continue working with our grant writer, Gale McGloin, to prepare both preliminary summary documents about our project, as well as eventual foundation grant applications;
    • Continue to meet with representatives of regional foundations to garner their interest in supporting our project;
    • Plan for more detailed presentations at the February Session meetings and inviting congregational feedback; and
    • Prepare for a follow-up presentation at the congregation’s Annual Meeting on Sun., Feb. 22.

    Do keep the entire Renovations Committee, the Capital Campaign Committee, the Session, and our congregation in prayer as we seek to discern God’s direction with this important work.

  10. Renovation Update – January 2015

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    The November Session meeting involved a presentation from the Renovations Committee and their partners (architectural and engineering firms), resulting in two motions being passed.

    First, the Session accepts the report shared with them, and how it details the overall scope and $6 million preliminary budget for the proposed ELPC capital improvements. While more work still needs to be done on specific design details, the project currently focuses on seven main areas:

    • Welcoming and Access: glass exterior doors, new entrance on Whitfield St.;
    • Ground Floor Assembly: new hallway and lobby, expanding Small Dining Room, upgrade A/V in Social Hall;
    • Ground Floor Education: upgrades to rooms to provide for dance, music lessons, and exercise classes, plus community groups;
    • First Floor Hospitality: new fellowship and meeting rooms, move nursery closer to Highland entrance, upgrade restrooms;
    • First Floor Worship: flexible seating and Labyrinth in Chapel, upgrade A/V in Chapel and Sanctuary;
    • Second Floor Education and Support: renovate spaces for classrooms and offices; and
    • Building Infrastructure Improvements: safety and fire code enhancements, improved A/C and ventilation, and energy conservation.

    Second, the Session authorized the formation of a Capital Campaign Committee, which will submit a schedule, budget, and goals for review and approval. It is anticipated that congregational support and resources can be coupled with foundation grants to reach our budget goals.

    While this process remains in the early stages, this information is being provided to help keep the congregation informed as we joyfully anticipate enhancing our church so that ELPC can minister effectively for generations to come.