A large two-story music suite with a modern music library, efficient robe storage/dressing area, practice rooms and effective office space for music ministry staff.
Creatively designed ramps and an elevator that remove barriers so people with physical disabilities or limitations can enjoy full participation in Central’s music program and worship services.
Restrooms easily accessible to those worshipping in Central’s sanctuary.
Covered access to the sanctuary from a car drop-off point designed to protect arriving and departing worshippers from the elements.
A new pipe organ – funded through a generous donor – that will add as much to the physical beauty of the sanctuary as it does to the worship experience through song.
These are among the recent developments in Central’s drive to turn Phase I of the congregation-approved master plan into the reality of construction starting early next year.
Members of Central, during a church conference in February, adopted a master plan and established a Phase I Building Committee. Ever since, the panel and its subcommittees have kept an aggressive pace to achieve their responsibilities on schedule for a second church-wide church conference on June 27.
Throughout these meetings and a tour some committee members took to the Dallas area to gather ideas and learn from other churches, the effort has been intensely focused on a few foundational principles – staying focused on the sacred nature of Central’s sanctuary; to meet its commitments to the congregation as charged in February; and to honor the congregation’s devotion to preserving the architectural integrity of our beloved sanctuary.
Among many milestones, the Building Committee, through a rigorous process, selected Arkansas-based Baldwin & Shell as the Phase I construction management team, which will work closely with HH Architects Inc. to turn the congregation’s vision into a physical reality by summer 2018.
Feedback from church members and the committee resulted in a number of changes to Phase I plans, among them a relocation of new entrances to the sanctuary’s transepts to improve access from the dropoff area just to the north of the sanctuary. Spaces for wheelchair-bound worshippers will be sprinkled throughout the sanctuary pews. And, a multi-functional room was added to serve as a family room for funerals, a groom’s room for weddings and a green room for pastors.
From the beginning, members of the Building Committee have considered their primary mission to be the creation and preservation of sacred spaces that continue Central’s rich building history of glorifying God through architecture,.
As noted, all the work underway is preparing for the second of three church conferences planned before final approval. On June 27, the congregation will be asked to review and approve an updated floor plan; a pre-construction pricing updated by the newly hired construction management firm; authorize the Building Committee to work with the architect to develop construction drawings; and grant permission for a capital campaign fund to pay for Phase I and related work.
Before that church conference, church members will be presented a set of anticipated questions and answers on Phase I and an updated timeline for planning, fundraising and construction. Informational session are also planned in June so that members can learn more and ask questions prior to the church conference.
Please keep the work of the Building Committee in your prayers.
Building Committee Communications Team