Renovation Q&As

First, some news: You can now ride the elevator, meet in the upstairs rooms, and use (if appropriate) the women’s bathroom next to Pierce Hall. The third-floor “wiggle room,” the kitchen, and the gathering space furniture will be ready by March 15.

Will we celebrate the renovation’s completion? Yes, we’re planning a celebration on the weekend of March 14-15.

Why the blue lights in the terrace surface? They are decorative, deliberately softening the other outside lights.

What about the flooding of the first floor (lower level) from the interior courtyard? These areas were not part of the construction project scope, but we’ve resolved the problem by clearing the courtyard drains.

Are we using water runoff from the green terrace yet? Yes — now for toilets in our bathrooms and, later in the year, for landscape use.

Did the renovation go beyond the plan approved in 2013? A late, surprising addition to an original pledge enabled us to add the kitchen to the plan. Other additions include more window restorations, a new gutter on Pierce Hall, resurfacing of the Princess Balcony, and improvement of the Harvard Street sidewalk.

What can be done to beautify the white concrete around the stairs and ramp on the north corner on the 16th Street side? We are investigating planting vines there.

Are there plans for volunteers to work on certain projects, like the playground, or painting, or…? We hope to create a group of congregants for such projects. We also will be hiring painters for some projects.

Why is there now a door on the north side of the narthex that you have to open to get to the stairs leading up to the balcony? Because that area now has a staircase to the first floor (lower level), the fire code requires the door.

Who should use the stairs leading downstairs from the narthex? Families can now bring their children straight to RE classes from the 16th Street entrance. Similarly, they can use bathrooms without having to go through the sanctuary.

Why is there a fireplace in the second floor (main level) men’s room? History! It will not be used for any purpose.

What is the status of the steeple? We are still seeking the most affordable but effective method to wrap the steeple until we can find enough funding to fully repair it.

Can a congregant still make a pledge to the capital campaign to help pay for the renovation? Yes, indeed. We need them! And we hope some pledgers might add to their original contribution.

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