The start of construction for sanctuary renovations at First Baptist Church is just around the corner. For the past year we have planned, prayed and prepared for a project to replace the organ console, re-leather and upgrade the organ instrumentation and sound, upgrade the television and media equipment, expand the sanctuary platform and choir loft and install video monitors. We conducted a successful campaign during which we pledged to pay for these improvements. Already much has been given in response to the campaign.
At long last, the time to perform the work has arrived. Any construction project, and in particular a renovation project, is subject to scheduling changes. With that in mind, I would like to provide you with the latest schedule for construction activities. For several weeks the television ministry team has been training with the new television audio equipment. The Sanctuary house sound board is installed and has been in use for the past three Sundays. The new sound board for the broadcast room will be installed for the May 31 television broadcast. On Sunday, June 7, 2009, the new television cameras will be installed and in use.
On May 26, 2009, the organ console will be delivered to First Baptist Church. The same day, Johnson & Galyon Construction Company will begin working to install the new organ console and expand the choir loft. One of the first steps will be to remove the old organ console. (If you are interested in acquiring the old organ console after it has been removed, please contact Kely Hatley or Bill Coley.)
During construction, we can anticipate that the organ console will not be in the traditional location in the center of the choir loft. The choir loft expansion and placement of the new organ console is June 26. Beginning on May 26, our contractors will also begin constructing the video monitor lifts and screens and replacing the choir modesty rail. It is anticipated that this part of the project will last three to four weeks, during which we anticipate the temporary removal of certain woodwork in and around the choir loft. We will be able to observe the various stages of construction and finishing of the new video monitor lifts and screens, trim work and the choir modesty rail.
Beginning around June 1, the work to expand the sanctuary platform area will begin. That work should take approximately four weeks and should conclude, absent unexpected interruption, in time for services on June 28. During platform construction, the first row of sanctuary pews will be removed and we will see framing for the expanded platform area. The existing floor on the platform will be removed and new finished flooring installed. While construction is underway in the sanctuary, R.A. Colby, Inc., will be performing behind-the-scenes work on the organ pipes to re-leather and repair that portion of the organ. That work will continue into the fall of 2009, but will largely not be visible to worshipers during Sunday services.
Any construction project, particularly a renovation project, is subject to delays and rescheduling because of unanticipated challenges. However, I am pleased to report that because of the leadership and cooperation provided by Russ Linger on behalf of First Baptist Church; Jim Bush and Johnson & Galyon Construction Company; the architect, McCarty Holsaple McCarty, Inc.; the organ manufacturer, R.A. Colby, Inc.; and the television and sound company, HP Video, this project has been well planned and we anticipate minimal changes or delays.
I would ask that you pray for the following for this project:
• For the television and media crews working the new equipment beginning May 31, 2009
• For the safe delivery of the new organ console on or about May 26, 2009
• For the construction project manager for Johnson & Galyon Construction Company, Chad
Brewster, and the men and women working under his supervision
• For the timely and accurate delivery of materials for the project
• That there will be no significant surprises during the construction process
• That we as members at First Baptist Church will continue our spirit of cooperation and givin
during his period of construction.
We are entering a period of anticipation and excitement – I look forward to this experience with you.