In a unanimous vote this week, the Building Committee recommended adoption of updated floor plans and architectural renderings for Central’s project to create much improved space for a vibrant music ministry and to enhance worship with modifications to our sanctuary’s chancel and transept areas.
The plans, a response to the congregation’s Master Plan adopted in February, were also unanimously recommended by the panel’s Executive Committee.
The votes are part of the process leading to a June 27 Church Conference at which the Building Committee will ask Central members for permission to develop detailed construction drawings and authorize development and execution of a capital campaign. Two informational sessions are planned from 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 22 and from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. on June 25, both in the Wesley Chapel.
Key elements of the proposed construction plans include:
- Surgical demolition of the current second-floor choir rehearsal space and first-floor parlor and music director’s office to make room for a larger music suite, with a large first floor rehearsal room, an ensemble practice room, two individual practice rooms, a rehearsal room for Central’s bell choirs and offices for music ministry staff.
- Chancel modifications designed to enhance the worship experience by increasing space for musical instruments and choir seating, improving sight lines, and making the space more flexible all while maintaining architectural integrity. It will also bring better focus to the chancel area’s beloved architectural features, such as the altar, with its Last Supper sculpture and spot for flower arrangements, the suspended cross, the rose window and the descending dove.
- New and improved entrances to the sanctuary in the east and west transepts.
- A stronger visual presence of a new pipe organ.
Central members set these plans in motion with the first Charge Conference back in February. Since then, the Building Committee has worked to modify the original plans in response to member feedback. That’s resulted in an expanded footprint for new construction that include additions of:
- Modern men’s and women’s bathrooms easily accessible from the sanctuary.
- A new parlor that will also serve as a bride’s room for weddings, a pastors’ robing area during services, a family room for funerals, and a small group meeting space.
- A covered walkway providing protection from the elements from a vehicle drop off point north of the sanctuary to a new west entrance to the sanctuary. There will also be easy access to a covered entry from the handicap parking lot east of the sanctuary.
- Re-designed access for people who need ramps that will allow access to the chancel area from both the music suite and front seating areas.
- The addition of technology and other equipment that makes the choir rehearsal space flexible to use for meetings, recitals, and small concerts.
- Addition of an elevator to improve access to both floors.
“This venture is about far more than a construction project,” said Jan Davis, our senior pastor. “It’s about creating space to significantly expand Central’s music ministry, including adult choir, new children and youth programs, bell choirs, instrumentals, musical ensembles and beyond. Phase I of the Master Plan will strengthen our capacity to worship through music and song. The project is also about taking full advantage of the sanctuary’s historic architecture and chancel area to preserve this sacred space and its ability to inspire the worship of those attending services now and into the future.”
More information including floor plans and color drawings of the proposed renovations will be sent to members in advance of the June 27 Church Conference.