Building Committee Update

January 31, 2021

Some good news received mid-January 2021: needed structural repairs to the Historic Church are not as dire as initially thought. The reduced scope of the anticipated structural work may free up more of our budget for some of the many additional items on our wish list. Our architects, Ford, Powell, & Carson (FPC), are working with our contractor, SpawGlass, to finalize cost estimates and to provide a final list of items to be included in Phase One of the work. Next, FPC will produce working drawings for Phase One which SpawGlass will agree to execute for a guaranteed maximum price. We currently expect to begin construction in mid-2021.

FPC is also finalizing a phased preservation master plan for the church to be used going forward. The current 600-page draft version of the plan contains comprehensive assessments of all the church buildings by specialists in every construction category.

Our structural consultant, Architectural Engineers Collaborative, reported that previous stabilization work (tie rods across the nave, exterior diagonal pipe braces on the east wall) is doing its job. After extensive modelling of various solutions, the emerging plan is to provide additional connections between the walls and roof at the north end of the church that will allow removal of the exterior braces, while retaining the interior tie rods.

The consultants found that almost all the visible wall cracks are limited to the surface stucco and are not present in the underlying structural masonry walls. All the stucco cracks will be repaired. The problematic west wall will probably be repaired by removing all the surface plaster inside and out and sandwiching the original rubble wall in stainless steel mesh before replacing the stucco. The work would be done in successive wall sections to maintain stability.

In 2018, the vestry created the special St. David’s building committee (distinct from the standing property committee) to oversee the renovation of the Historic Church, as well as repairs in Bethell Hall and other parts of our campus. With vestry oversight, the committee is stewarding the $5 million-plus pledged through the “It’s Our Turn” capital campaign. The 27 committee members provide a broad representation of the parish and have delegated day-to-day oversight of the project to a building executive committee: Jim Lamm, parish administrator, Eric Leibrock, Allison Marshall, and John Volz.

Representing the parish as “owner,” it remains our building committee’s mission to make sure our money is well spent. We ask parishioners for patience and cooperation during this long and painstaking process, significantly delayed by the pandemic. For more information, please contact Eric Leibrock, building committee chair: .

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