Renovation Updates

  1. January 2018 Renovations Update

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    Last month, significant progress was made to complete the majority of work on the Ground Floor, Second Floor, and First Floor north hallway. New glass doors also have been installed at the Highland and Whitfield entrances.

    This month, the First Floor east hallway will be closed, as the final construction phase begins. There will still be access to the elevator from the Whitfield ground floor entrance and the central staircase will remain open as well. For the next several months, those entering by the Highland Avenue doors will need to walk around through the Chapel to access the main Sanctuary. In addition, what had been our Library and several offices, will be transformed into two, glass-fronted, modernized gathering spaces.

    Continue to keep our workers, staff, and visitors in prayer as the final chapter of our renovation work unfolds.

  2. End of July Construction Update

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    You no longer have to travel to the Ground Floor or the second floor to see the construction work in progress. Recently, demolition began in both the Women’s and the Men’s restrooms by the Highland Ave. entrance. The ceilings are gone in there now, and soon work will begin to update them and make them ADA compliant (exchanging locations, too—Women’s will be Men’s and vice versa).

    The Whitfield entrance and new Ground Floor Lobby area continue to progress and carpet is on its way for the second floor offices and classrooms. We are still looking at Rally Day on September 10 to begin using the new and improved children and youth classrooms. The adult classes are likely to be a bit more transient for the first half of the year.

    Please continue to keep everyone involved in “Building Our Future”—architects, construction workers, church employees and church members—in your prayers.

  3. End of June Construction Update

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    If you walk around the Ground Floor or Second Floor of our church, you can see that construction work is well underway now. Current work is focused on two main areas and one secondary area. Primary work is happening around the church’s Whitfield St. entrance and up on the Second Floor—including demolition/renovation work in the bathrooms, flooring removal in many of the classrooms, removal of the stage area in Room 234, and some necessary asbestos remediation.

    Secondary work continues on the Third Floor regarding some duct work needed to supply air-conditioning/air improvements on the floor below it.

    The current schedule is to have the bulk of work done on these two floors by the beginning of September, with work on the First Floor to commence thereafter.

    Check back soon for more updates!

  4. 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.

  5. 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
  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.


  10. 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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