To Welcome and to Serve in the 21st Century
Trinity Cathedral Life/Safety Projects
Construction (August 2018 – Winter 2019)
What do the following have in common – automatic door openers, a fire suppression system, and emergency signage and lighting? They are just a few of the many “hospitality” projects that are slated for work this year at the Cathedral. “To Welcome” (accessibility) and “To Serve” (life/public safety) projects were given the highest priority during our spring 2016 congregational discernment of potential capital campaign projects. These priorities became the basis for Trinity’s From Generation to Generation capital campaign launched later that year.
Work on eight different accessibility and life/safety projects will begin this month. The R.W. Clark Company, Inc., a regional company with over 37 years of experience, is the general contractor. R. W. Clark was awarded the contract after a competitive RFP and negotiation process that was overseen by Trinity’s Property Committee. The work will take five months and is expected to be completed in early 2019.
On Sunday, August 12, an informational table was in the Promenade, staffed by members of the Property Committee and Trinity’s Chief Operating Officer Diane Swander to explain the projects and answer questions. A link to a PowerPoint presentation describing the scope of work and project detail is below.
All of the hospitality projects will be funded in full from our From Generation to Generation campaign proceeds. To date, the campaign has raised more than $1.3 million from over 300 generous pledges, gifts, and grants. This includes recent “Smith Trust challenge” donations to which more than 80 Trinity households contributed (some twice!) to qualify for a $75,000 Trust grant. The hospitality projects will be the second and largest campaign expenditure to date. The first was 580 new sanctuary chairs, which were installed in December 2017.
Some of the completed hospitality projects will not be visible — basement sprinklers, air dampers, and a comprehensive fire alarm system. Others will appear quietly – new exterior handrails, automatic door openers, and emergency exit signage – and become quickly assimilated in day-to-day functions. Both, however, signal our deep and abiding ministry to love and serve our neighbors. So, “excuse our dust” as we undertake the significant work to bring our historic Cathedral up to 21st century standards of “welcoming” and “serving”!