BUILDING FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Can you help me understand the design and building process? When will we start construction?
The building design and construction process has multiple steps: Programming, Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, Bidding and Construction. During each stage of the design details of the building and site will be developed and refined.
Programming is complete. During programming the congregational survey was completed to determine the desires of the congregation. The Building Committee evaluated the ministries of NAPC and determined what space would be required. An analysis was done to make sure that the property would allow us to achieve our immediate needs and allow for growth. A Master Plan for the site was created. Preliminary exterior elevations were developed prior to the land purchase. The designs were created to confirm NAPC would be allowed to build the size and style of building needed to fulfill our mission.
Schematic Design is nearly complete. This included the site plan and improvements, further refinement of the floor plan and elevations and selection of material finishes.
What remains is the development of the final specifications and design drawings. Then construction documents will be sent out for bid to multiple sub-contractors in the November/December time frame. From this, we will also obtain a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) for the construction contract, and a 12-16 month construction schedule. At that time, we will hold a congregational meeting to vote on the budget and loan.
We are hopeful that we can begin some site work before November to avoid the difficulties of performing these activities in the winter.
2. How big will the new building be?
Our previous building had Sanctuary seating for 287 (and parking of 121 spaces). The new Sanctuary will have seating for 460 (and parking of 200 spaces).
3. Please describe the sanctuary and the expected interior design of the building.
Consistent with feedback from the congregational survey, the Cross will be the focus in the sanctuary. It will be designed as a sacred place of worship consisting of natural light and simple timeless elements. The seating will be flexible so we can maximize the use of the space during the week for small groups, prayer meetings, fellowship events, and other gatherings.
4. Please describe the exterior of the building.
The current design includes a combination of horizontal and vertical white wooden siding, and synthetic stone. Careful product cost analysis will be performed and evaluated before materials are finalized for all major building elements.
5. What has been assumed to be included in this building scope and budget?
Our current priority is building a facility in line with our vision and goals, namely running Sunday services and providing space for discipleship. Our goal is to build as much of the building as possible, reserving for later the items that can more easily added post-construction.
The initial building estimate includes all site preparation work and construction associated with such space. In addition, there is a budget for AV equipment/speakers, stage lighting, classroom furnishings, sanctuary chairs, and other necessary items (exterior sign, communion table and pulpit, coffee equipment/refrigerator). The current budget does not include: an organ, playground equipment, LED screens, narthex furnishings/acoustical treatment, kitchen equipment and cabinets, classroom cabinets or internal wayward signage. We are prayerfully optimistic some of these items will be included as we continue to refine the scope and design details.
6. Can we build a basement in the church?
Many of us probably grew up in a church with a basement. Children’s education or a fellowship hall were in the basement under the sanctuary. They were a great use of space. These were mostly built before ADA codes and requirements when the only requirement was one set of stairs. We have discussed the possibility of a basement with the architect and the Construction Manager, and neither have built a basement in their projects in recent years because they have become cost prohibitive. A basement would require two sets of stairs and an elevator, which are expensive uses of square footage. The additional structural support required to build out a second floor also increases the cost per square foot. For these reasons, we are not pursuing a basement.
7. Can we put a more traditional steeple on the building?
The building committee reviewed many different designs, many having a more traditional steeple. Other building designs as well as a more traditional steeple on the current design were evaluated. The design team felt it was most important that the building was easily identified as a church. After much comparison it was determined the current design was easily identifiable as a church and that the steeples as drawn were a better complement to the overall architectural of the building.
8.Why is there no overhang over the drop off area at the Narthex entrance?
An overhang over the drop off area would be nice to protect our members from the elements. We understand that there is a desire for a covered drop off. The design team explored this option with our architect and civil engineer. Covered drop off areas at a main entrance tend to cause traffic congestion according to our consultants. The flow of traffic from the 161 and Harlem Road entrances through the parking lot and to the drop off were analyzed. Unfortunately the shape of our building, location of the entrance and distance from the front door to the driveway made it difficult to design a cover that complimented our design, allowed for an adequate flow of traffic and fit in our budget. The current design does include a covered porch and an overhang over the front door for some protection from the elements.
9. What duration of time is the Faith.Forward Capital Campaign?
The campaign runs for 36 months, beginning in 2020 with commitments made and fulfilled through 2023. Because the 36-month commitment spans four calendar years, we hope this timeframe enables everyone to commit even more generously.
10. How should I think about my campaign commitment relative to my regular giving?
Although the Faith.Forward Capital Campaign is instrumental to our future as a church, maintaining regular giving is critically important. We ask that you make a commitment to the building without decreasing your regular giving. In other words, do not rob Peter to pay Paul.
11. Can I contribute to something specific for the building or land?
We are asking everyone to give to the Faith.Forward Capital Campaign in order to fund the overall vision and plan for our permanent space. We have an excellent plan focused on our mission, and therefore are asking for non-designated contributions at this time.
12. Are other potential funding sources being pursued?
We have searched for and identified a few potential grants and applied. We are blessed to have professional grant writing skills in our congregation to assist with the applications. However, no grant has been awarded, and there is no guarantee we will receive any amount of funding from a grant.
FINANCE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
13. How will we pay for this new building?
We have already received bank financing for the land purchase and have adequate cash balances for all required deposits. The building will be financed through a combination of bank debt and the Faith.Forward Capital Campaign. We will also seek alternative sources such as grants, but are not currently anticipating that we will receive any alternate funds in our budget and projections.
14. What are we doing to ensure we are not jeopardizing NAPC’s financial stability?
The future always contains uncertainty, and we are aware that assumptions can quickly change. We will constantly monitor and update our projections with a view of maintaining adequate cash balances compared to our operating expenses, and ensure our profitability exceeds our financing costs by an appropriate amount.
15. What have you assumed for financing assumptions?
We received indicative financing offers from various banks/financing institutions that we have utilized for our modeling purposes.
16. How do you expect to develop budgets and control costs during this project?
We anticipate broad cost categories such as land development, building construction and furniture and equipment. Each category will have an owner that will develop detailed line-item estimates based upon input from external consultations and internal industry experts. Larger costs will also be subject to an external bidding process. Actual costs will be tracked and monitored separately against initial budget amounts to ensure we maintain proper visibility throughout the project. Budgets and actual amounts will also be scrutinized by our Treasurer, Permanent Space Steering Committee, our Finance Sub-Committee and Session.
LAND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
17. The Harlem Road property contains two houses, can they both be saved and renovated into usable space or do they need to be razed?
We would like to save the brick cape cod house that was occupied by Ms. Taylor but plan to demolish the older house at the northeast corner during site construction.
We obtained possession of the brick cape cod house on March 3. We have been working to understand the limitations and requirements for making the best use of the cape cod house.
18. From which road(s) will the entrances to the church be accessed?
The latest plan is to have one entrance/exit off of Dublin-Granville Road at the traffic light intersection, and another one on Harlem Road.
19. Will members of the congregation be able to walk or ride bicycles to the Harlem Road facility?
Conveniently for us, the city has constructed a leisure trail on Harlem Road. This trail would connect our church with both Dublin-Granville Road and Greensward. As a result, the church property would be accessible to all NA neighborhoods via the leisure trails, so people could walk or ride bikes to the church. Since the property is close to the NAPLS campus, students would have easy access to the church from the school as well. The Harlem Road site is a 7-minute bike ride to the High School campus and for reference purposes is an 8-minute bike ride from the prior NAPC facility.
20. How can we demonstrate good environmental stewardship during the development process of the Harlem Road property?
As part of the due diligence process NAPC performed an Environmental Site Assessment of the property. As part of the civil design process, the civil engineer evaluated environmental features such as wetlands, streams, endangered species, water quality treatment and runoff, and the natural environmental amenities (trees) present on the property. There were no concerns raised regarding this property. We are committed to being excellent environmental stewards of the property.
21. The Harlem Road property contains a lot of trees, do we need to cut them all down to build the new facility?
In order to build the building, parking, stormwater, and associated amenities, approximately 70% of the trees on the site have been cleared. The tree survey process allowed us to save as many trees as we could along the western and southern property boundary. Some of the trees were saved to make a wooden cross for the building. The Indiana bat is a species whose habitat is protected in Ohio. Due to this, no tree clearing can occur between April 1 and September 1. All trees identified in the tree survey were cut down before March 31, 2021. More information on Ohio bat survey guidelines can be found here. The tree clearing activities will continue into June.
22. Do we know what is going to be built (if anything) around the property?
The property will be surrounded by residential homes in all four directions. The adjacent property to the west will continue to be under construction for the next several years. The farm to the northwest of the property (across Dublin-Granville Road) will not be developed.
23. How can we connect with and communicate with the surrounding residential communities to let them know what is coming and how we might be able to minister to them?
The Steering Committee will continue to handle all communications with adjacent property owners. Our architect and planner have assisted with these efforts.
Now that we completed the purchase of the property and launched the capital campaign, other prior FAQs have been archived.