Thanks to all the SRBC family for your interest in and participation in the Master Planning process. Thanks to all who have asked insightful questions. We are taking note of the questions and our building committee and stewardship committee will carefully review and consider them.
After the unveiling of the Master Plan we have had numerous good comments, questions, and ideas. If you have something you would like to share with one of the committee members please do so. We want to listen to your thoughts.
Please remember that the images and plans you have been given are "conceptual images." When a building is designed by an architect we will be able to identify the many personal touches and flourishes that personalize the building and make it uniquely in SRBC's image.
We have been given some good ideas already by the SRBC family that will be considered as we move forward.
As Winston Churchill said, "Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."
This is where we are today. We are at the end of the beginning!
Let's pray together as we move toward God's goals for SRBC.
1. WHY DO WE NEED TO BUILD?
We have several reasons we need to build. First, we are out of space in our present worship facility and have been for over 10 years. Due to that we have multiple services which places great demands on our music department, choir, audio/visual staff, nursery, ushers and other volunteers in our church. Second, we are in need of additional education space for all age groups. Third, we need to address security and safety issues in our nursery, preschool, and children’s areas. Fourth, we are overcrowded in our fellowship hall. Fifth, we have a need for better parking and a covered drive-through. Sixth, we have limited commons/gathering spaces which hinders our fellowship, impedes traffic flow inside the building and doesn’t present a way to adequately welcome our guests. These are just a few of the many needs that we are seeking to address in this building program.
2. WHO ARE COSCO AND ASSOCIATES?
COSCO is a church design/build firm that is based out of Florida, but they oversee church projects all across the country. Their entire team is made up of Bible believing followers of Christ who are actively involved in their local churches. You can find out much more about them by visiting their web site at www.churchdesign.com.
3. WHO IS ON THE BUILDING TEAM?
Our Building Committee is comprised of members in their 30s to 60+, all of whom have been involved at Sand Ridge Baptist Church for many years. The committee was selected because each of them brings unique experiences, talents, and perspectives to the task. Our Building Committee members are Emily Brattton, Adam Cook, Steve Crownover, Jimmy Fesmire, and John Valle.
4. WHO IS ON THE CAPITAL STEWARDSHIP TEAM?
Our Capital Stewardship Committee is comprised of members in their 40s to 70+, all of whom have been involved at Sand Ridge Baptist Church for many years. The committee possesses great wisdom and talents. Each person is gifted, hard working, and deeply committed to the ministry of Sand Ridge. Our Capital Stewardship Committee members are Kelli Blankenship, Hugh Fesmire, Jeff Gilliam, Jeff Middleton, and Stacey Valle.
5. WHAT ARE WE GOING TO BUILD?
COSCO met with many leadership groups, committees, and other members from Sand Ridge Baptist Church during this process. Those responsible for ministry areas such as nursery, preschool, children, youth, adult education, finance, community ministries, deacon ministries, worship ministries, and other areas were consulted in order to discover the needs of Sand Ridge Baptist Church and to prioritize them in the development of a Master Plan for our property.
Following these meetings, and in conjunction with your Building Committee, COSCO has proposed a Master Plan that will include a new facility located on the north side of our current buildings. Construction of this facility, along with future renovations of our existing facilities, will address the following list of priorities that guided our work.
PRIORITIES THAT GUIDED THE DESIGN OF THE MASTER PLAN
A. A worship center that seats at least 600
B. A design that is cost efficient and functional
C. Security in nursery, preschool, and children’s areas with check-in/check out stations
D. A stage large enough for all church programs and events
E. Covered drive through area at the main entrance
F. Senior Adult classroom facilities and parking near the worship facility
G. A true welcome center, foyer, and fellowship space
H. Efficient seating plan with quality seats and good sight lines
I. High quality sound and visual experiences in the worship center
J. Music and Choir Room
K. The building should be designed to easily accommodate future expansion
L. Additional/overflow seating for fellowships
M. Adjacency of age groups in educational facilities
N. Parking that is adjacent to main entrances with provisions made for the needs of the handicapped, guests, and senior adults.
O. Improved circulation of traffic inside the buildings.
P. Future renovations of all existing buildings to expand educational spaces, aggregate age groups, improve aesthetics, provide more accessibility to older buildings, etc.
Q. A playground area that is safe from traffic concerns and located in quiet space.
6. HOW MUCH WILL THIS COST?
The current projected cost of this project is around $3.5 Million, however we will not get a final cost of the contract until the various aspects of the project are bid and the final costs are clear. COSCO works on a guaranteed fixed price, meaning that once the contract is set the cost is guaranteed unless the church decides on major changes to the building after construction begins.
7. HOW MUCH MONEY DO WE HAVE ON HAND AND HOW MUCH DOES OUR GIVING NEED TO INCREASE?
We currently have over $779,060.29 in the Building Fund. In 2016 we averaged $1,870.07 per week in designated gifts (above our regular weekly budget offering) to our Building Fund. This includes our annual Harvest Day Offering. In order to meet a monthly building payment on this new facility, we need to be receiving between $2,500 and $3,000 in weekly Building Fund gifts (above our regular weekly budget offering), including our Harvest Day Offering. Of course, the amount needed weekly could go down if we raise more money before we begin construction.
8. DO WE PLAN TO BORROW MONEY?
While our prayer is that through the faithful giving of God’s people it would not be necessary to borrow money, our realistic view is that we will have to borrow money. Our goal will be to borrow the least amount of money, at the lowest possible cost, and pay it back as quickly as possible. It would be beneficial to have $1Million to $1.5 Million in cash on hand to borrow the remaining funds should that be necessary. A portion of this amount may be used for design, engineering, and site preparation costs.
8. WHEN WILL THIS PROJECT BE COMPLETED?
The Master Plan developed by Cosco and Associates will be presented to the church on January 29, 2017. This general concepts in the Master Plan will guide the work of the Building Committee. The Building Committee will, over the course of the process, listen
to members who have suggestions, questions and concerns and make such changes as they deem wise and necessary as the process moves forward and actual architectural plans are developed. The Master Plan provides guiding concepts, however, final details (like seating, lighting, sound, color schemes, flooring, finishes etc.) will be presented when the actual building plans are developed.
Following the January 29th meeting, the Building Committee and the Capital Stewardship Committee will meet to develop a timeline for beginning the design phase of the project. This timeline will be presented to the church at 6:00 on February 26 for it’s approval. Any questions, concerns, or ideas that members have about the process may be asked at this time.
Once the church approves the timeline for the design phase of the project, we must encourage patience among all our church family. The design of the facility will take at least eight to ten months and must be paid for when completed. This includes architectural plans as well as engineering plans, etc.
Design costs are significant in a project of this size (6.16% +- of the contract, plus Civil Engineering costs). Our Stewardship Committee will propose a way to pay for them. Once the finished plans are received they will be presented to the church for approval. When the church approves the finished plans, construction will begin when the Capital Stewardship Committee, Building Committee, and Active Deacon Body recommends a start date to the church. The start date for construction will depend upon many factors such as the pace of fundraising, availability of a building loan at a favorable rate, the health of giving to the General Church Budget (regular offerings), the state of our church growth, and other factors.
Once construction begins it is expected to take 12-14 months to complete. Thus the new worship center could be completed as early 2019 or as late as 2020. This timeline, however, depends on factors that are sometimes outside our control (such as delays due weather, etc.)