By JESSICA BARNETT
St. Andrew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at 914 S. West Blvd., is currently working on designs for its “Building for Christ’s mission,” which will expand the church as well as upgrade the current building.
According to the church’s June 17, 2010, newsletter, the total cost for the project will be $1.1 million.
St. Andrew’s has been open for more than 50 years, and the church has been unable to make needed repairs on the building. They had to defer needed renovations mainly because of the increase in staff affecting their budget.
The renovations will include:
- Roof repairs
- Installing a new and more efficient heating and cooling system
- Installing new flooring
- Making the restrooms larger and wheelchair-accessible
- Creating a new driveway onto West Boulevard that is safer
- Creating a functional front entrance into the church
- The church offices will be consolidated to one space
- Remodeled centrum with new entrances, carpet, lighting and sound system
The church is asking all members to increase the amount of their tithe if they can, or begin giving one to help pay for the costs. The church has set three fundraising goals for the project, a celebration goal of $750,000, a victory goal of $1 million and a jubilation goal of $1.25 million.
The construction company, Huebert Builders, has also invited the members of St. Andrew’s that have construction experience to participate in the project. The church is working with Peckham & Wright Architects and the builders throughout the month of July on the designs of the project. The current goal is to have the construction documents finished by the end of September.