Brothers and sisters in Christ!
Over the past few years, Dormition Parish has experienced growth as a community, both in numbers and vitality. This is a blessing, and a visible sign of a Vibrant Parish. This vibrancy has also resulted in some ongoing “space” challenges which have been discussed informally and formally by parish council and parishioners. For example, one of the recommendations in Section 5 (“Fostering Community-Unity) of our 2014 Parish Pastoral Plan was “Build a new church and parish centre (ground-level accessible)”. Then in 2017, our Parish Visioning Day Report proposed that our parish “develop a facility that will accommodate a large welcoming foyer, meeting room, office, library, state of the art kitchen, main floor washroom, and sufficient storage.” Under the direction of the Parish membership at the 2018 Annual General Meeting, parish council retained the services of Architects, Kindrachuk & Agrey (KA) to facilitate the process of evaluating our wants/needs, which included:View planned rennovation
Church seating – our parish is growing and increasingly we are at capacity for special feast days, funerals and weddings. It has been suggested, that it would be nice if we had a means on expanding the space on demand… e.g. some sort of retractable wall.
Large Foyer – We lack an entry foyer that allows sufficient space for pre and post liturgy fellowship for our parishioners.
Larger vesting space/ pastor office on both sides of the sanctuary
Elevator access to choir loft level
Canopy/cover for the front entrance
Parking – currently on Sundays we overflow into school across the street. During school hours we are limited if there is a larger function taking place (e.g. funeral)
With these ‘needs’ in mind, KA evaluated the property to determine the maximum footprint for the building and parking per city regulations. From there, KA developed multiple functional diagram concepts for Parish Council to consider and discuss based on our initial pinch-point input. This led to development of the concepts for the exterior and some order of magnitude cost estimates.
The first estimate, for the option with the lower roofline in the front is in the range of $550,000-$700,000, whereas the alternate, with the higher roofline, would be in the $600,000-$800,000 range. The final number would be dependant on decisions related to the fit and finishes associated with the renovation.
The concepts have been reviewed with council periodically over the year to this point and are now being presented to you for your feedback and prayerful consideration. They are currently on display in the parish auditorium or available electronically by emailing our parish office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I want to thank Jean Alonso for his efforts to date to coordinate the preparation and presentation of the concept plans. May the Trinitarian God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – continue to lead us forward as a vibrant community of faith!
Fr. André LalachView planned rennovation