May 9, 2016
The Property Committee had a very productive April meeting. Construction documents are scheduled to be submitted to the City in late May for permitting approval, and we are still on track for a late July start to the renovations.
We had some difficult choices to make due to budget constraints, as expected. We’ve eliminated the covered walkway through the courtyard, and will reuse some existing materials where possible. We will keep the fence and gate between the courtyard and Guadalupe Street, and keep as much of the existing stone that can reasonably be repaired and patched on the north, west, and south facades of both buildings. The east sides of both buildings will be entirely replaced with new natural stone wrapped 13 feet around the north and south sides, and all sides of both buildings will be cleaned and sealed.
We will use cast stone instead of natural on the bell tower, representing a significant $18,000 savings. The cast stone will match the new natural stone.
Some items are on hold pending budget allowance, including the metal screening for the AC equipment on the roof, and cleaning and painting the rectory fire escape railing and stairs. The remodel of the rectory first floor, intended to be a gathering and children’s space, will be priced separately. We are discussing some changes to finishes to reduce cost here as well.
The scope of the project still includes refurbishing the lamps, handrails, and bronze doors at the church front, repairing the front steps, and replacing the northwest side door and wall sconce. Small changes to the plans for the lobby and bathroom area include using smaller blocks of split-faced limestone, using standard wood paneling instead of acoustic, and researching tiling options other than terrazzo, such as pink granite to match the church steps. We are excited to begin work as soon as the permits are approved.