Update for 12-1-2020: *We are grateful that we are approaching the start of the Connecting Campaign facility upgrades. Currently, the building plans have received comment from the city of Boulder and those small items are being addressed (with an additional delay because of a health issue for one of the engineers). The architect anticipates the permit being finalized the week of Dec. 7.
*Himmelman Construction has told us that we should expect construction to begin immediately after the permit is received.
*We have been told that the construction project is slated to last 4-months, and the entire facility will be under construction at the same time. This will limit our access to basically the sanctuary and a few offices but will expedite the timeframe. The Atonement team has continued to work, reviewing the final plans, working on the design for the tower and chancel ‘furniture’, and picking out the finishes for the project (flooring, trim, etc.) as well as appliances for the kitchen. The Atonement staff and a few volunteers have been working on clearing out the building contents into a storage unit in preparation for the start of construction as well. Thank you for your prayers. We are getting closer to a start.
Since the July Special Congregational Meeting, there has been a lot of work accomplished behind the scenes on our facility upgrades. Currently, the building plans are in with the City of Boulder for review. In the meantime, bids have been sought from subcontractors and selections made with the help of Himmelman Construction. We hope to have the permits within a month so construction can begin in November. This permitting process has been slower than usual as Eidos Architects navigates their process with the city online. The Atonement team has continued to work, reviewing the final plans, working on the design for the tower and chancel ‘furniture’, and beginning to pick out the finishes for the project (flooring, trim, etc.). The Atonement staff has begun packing, and cleaning out, various spaces in preparation for the start of construction as well. If you have some extra time, please contact Pastor Chad and we may be able to put you to work. One major project is to greatly reduce the number of books in the Atonement library. If there is a book there that is meaningful to you for any reason, please reach out to Pastor Chad about the possibility of making it your own.
Facility Upgrades Receives Affirmative Vote at Special Congregation Meeting on July 19
With joy and thanksgiving to God for guidance and for your generosity, we are excited to share that the Atonement facility upgrades were approved at the Sunday, July 19 Special Congregational Meeting.
We are very excited about the opportunity these upgrades afford us to live into our vision. We have been planning for this moment in time for several years (and the conversation has been going on for over a decade). Thank you to those whose generosity of time and financial resources are helping this dream become a reality. We are in awe at the ways our community has united together in this time towards this common purpose.
The plan we are excited about presenting is identical to the one presented on June 7th and 9th, where we received strong support for moving forward with the facility upgrades. Each of the information sessions will have additional information about project specifics, including how we provide for a 30% reduction in the project costs. We will also outline additional information about the project “add alternates” that are not part of the scope we will vote on, but which will go through the final design so they can be implemented as funding comes available.
This YouTube link offers a narration of the virtual walkthrough of the project as presented during the Connecting Campaign. This offers project details as well as the changes that have allowed us to decrease the scope of the project.
We also invite you to view the project prospectus online and other ways to participate at www.atonementboulder.org/give.
Finances Related to Facility Upgrades
The scope of the project is estimated at $1.65M. We have gifts and 3- or 4-year commitments totaling $1.3M. To complete this scope of project Atonement will be taking out an additional loan of approximately $300,000. At the meeting the congregation also approved a construction loan (est. $1.35M). Below are several charts that outline the Connecting Campaign finances and a 5-year forecast for addressing the additional debt. They can also be viewed here.
Thank you to all of those who have served faithfully to get us this far, especially those who have served on the Facility Upgrades Task Force, all who served as part of the Connecting Campaign, as well as the Atonement Council and Staff.
In gratitude and hope,
The Atonement Church Council