As we head into Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season, Tapestry has a great deal to be thankful for. Besides being a warm, welcoming, vibrant and involved community, we are making great progress on our new building. Demolition is complete and construction has begun!
Because of the tireless work of Stephanie Laylon and the teams at Phoenix Planning and DBaC Construction, we were able to creatively reduce construction costs to fit within our capital budget. It was definitely touch-and-go for a while, as we wrestled with code requirements and oversight from the Orange County Fire Authority, the Irvine Ranch Water District, the energy consultant, and the City of Lake Forest. It took many iterations and a lot of recalculations over several weeks, but we did it!
As it stands now, unless something major is revealed during the construction process, we have sufficient funds to complete the build-out and move in with a small surplus. For a congregation of about 150, financing a $2.3 million purchase and construction project with over 90% internally generated funds is remarkable. I continue to be in awe of what all of you have done to make this possible with your incredible generosity.
I was able to walk the site recently with Rev. Kent, Richard Boote; our two architects, Stephanie Laylon and Art Quinion; our contractor, John Somers, and several members of the construction team. All the interior walls scheduled for removal have come down and the future sanctuary has revealed itself to be a lovely, airy, light-filled space. There is still much to be done, but I can’t wait until we have our first service in our new home. If construction stays on target, we should be able to move in shortly after the first of the year.
As you may know, the site is normally off-limits for visitors during construction due to safety concerns. However, members and friends of the congregation will be invited to go on a special walk-through after the new partitions have been framed and dry walled. We anticipate that will occur sometime in November so watch for an announcement.
The walk-through will be an excellent opportunity to see how the building is progressing. It will also be a chance to begin visualizing how we will be using our new space and what wonderful programs and events we will be able to host there. (See Birtcher Update for a photo.)
When we move in, we will have cement floors in much of the building, and a kitchen in need of a lot of love. In some ways, we will be moving into a blank canvas. Much of our excitement in the first years will be drawing on that canvas, with floor coverings, appliances, art work, and rich experiences that will become part of our collective history.
If you have questions, or would like to contribute time, talent or other resources to this wonderful journey, please contact me or any of the other Board members.
President, Board of Trustees