The capital campaign continues to raise funds for facilities upgrades at St. Joseph. The upgrades will only encompass items supported by parishioners, as determined by listening sessions and other feedback. We will only undertake projects when we have raised sufficient financing for each segment; we intend to engage no long-term borrowing.
Work on the Parish Center continues at a good pace and we are on schedule for an April 2018 completion. As mentioned in previous reports, we want to be completely transparent about this entire process and the cost of the project. The adjacent table is a summary of the total contracted cost of the remodeling of the Parish Center through the end of 2017. Unless there are other “surprises” we believe this number will represent our final cost.
The reconstruction costs are somewhat more than we anticipated. We took a no‐frill approach to the design, but unexpected issues such as the new electrical feed and the amount of asbestos abatement added unanticipated costs. We need your generosity to continue to afford other projects that are essential to maintaining our campus of buildings. So again we ask that you prayerfully consider making a donation to the Sacrifice for the Future fund.
We are still in need of contributions and pledges to begin planning for the other required projects. The replacement of the parking lots and changes to the school HVAC are not yet fully funded. Please prayerfully consider additional contributions, and continue to pray for the success of our project. We have received pledges of close to $1.5 million toward our $2 million goal.
Facility Study Report (detailed results of parish member voting)
Facility Study Report Appendix (original documents, plan details)
Survey responses were received from 135 households of which 91 (71.8%) were supportive of all or a portion of the project. Approximately 140 parishioners attended the four information sessions. The report provides a breakdown and categorization of the specific questions and issues identified.
The recommendations of the James Company were unanimously approved by the parish Finance and Pastoral councils, and include: