Finishing the Program

We have written a few times about the program in this blog, and we are happy to report that it is finished. For now.

What do we mean by “finished”? Well, it means that, at this point, we believe that we have identified and quantified all of the things – kinds of spaces – and how many people or how big these things need to be – for the new building. We’ve blogged about the youth space, the adult space, and the connector before now. We also have discussed and documented our thoughts about the chapel and the administrative space (watch this blog for future posts on these topics). We had a goal to complete this by the middle of October, which we did. (Once we start working with the architect, we will undoubtedly have to consider making some changes to the program.)

Part of the program is also to list goals and possible changes that we want to make in the current building once we get around to renovating it. We have talked a lot about this over the past several months, and we have documented some of this in this blog before now, as well (see especially the early entries, when we were just getting started).

Having a list of possibilities in the program helps us in at least three ways.

First, it is a check for us to make sure that we are addressing all of the needs that were identified back in the SNAT period (the Space Needs Assessment Team’s work). Did we remember that we need to open up this pinch point? Do we still think that we need to consider moving the coffee area? What are we going to do, really, about children’s space?

Second, including a list of desired renovations lets us double-check the overall capacity of our facilities against our stated goal, to balance the non-auditorium space with the planned-for capacity of the auditorium. If we grow until our auditorium is “full,” how many children will we have? How many adults? How many teens? Will our plan for youth and adult space in the new building be sufficient to make the whole site work? If not, will further renovations be required? How will we know, one way or another, and what are our likely strategies if we need to make changes to the program? How will we adjust? Seeing as complete a list of possible renovations as we can muster at this early point gives us more confidence that we are making the best decisions about the new building.

Finally, it helps us estimate the costs of the project, and be sure that our budget is sufficient, and that everything will be able to be accomplished within the budget.

So, in no particular order, here are some key things that we have agreed we definitely want to include in the renovation:

  1. Expanding the space devoted to children’s ministry by incorporating the current adult and youth space in the ‘educational wing.
  2. Moving the offices to the new building and renovating some of that space into children’s space. (The rest of the office space is not yet decided.)
  3. Removing the wall that divides the Fireside Room from the Lobby and expanding the Lobby. Addressing the acoustical issues in the Lobby.
  4. Widening the hallway between the auditorium and the kitchen by cutting off a corner of the kitchen, and expanding the back of the kitchen to fill in under the eaves (expanding the pantry).

There are other things on the list that are somewhat less certain than these. But these are things we are definitely planning on as we get to the renovation part of the project.