The installation of the church sound system is the final project in the first phase of the Preserving Our Past, Securing Our Future Capital Campaign.
After the first year of the Preserving Our Past, Securing Our Future Capital Campaign, we have completed the first two projects, and work is nearing completion on the third project.
The first project addressed needed updates to our campus security and safety. The second project was the installation of the independent boiler system for the church. In February, we finished work on the renovated church basement. Since completing the work, the church basement has hosted several events including a murder-mystery dinner theater and pancake breakfast – both events sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.
Our third project is now nearing completion – the installation of a new sound system in the church. A sound study was completed late last year to help determine what would be the correct system for our worship space.
Our new sound system is custom designed for our church. This system will include speakers that should reduce, if not eliminate, echoes and provide clear sound. Behind the scenes, all of the wires are being replaced and will include infrastructure for the addition of TV monitors in the future. The monitors will allow the parish to show videos, such as the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. The monitors will only be brought into the church when they are needed.
The sound system will include two new speaker towers that will be mounted on the two columns at the front of the church and will each be about six inches square and about nine feet tall. The color will very closely match the color of the marble columns.
Two additional small speakers will be mounted on the second column from the front and will replace the existing speakers. The existing speaker that currently hangs from the front columns and the one speaker hanging from the altar will be removed.
The next major project will be the painting and renovation of the interior of the church. Because the parish will not start the project until we receive the needed funding, we do not expect to start work until 2018.
However, we do expect to begin work on rehabbing our large stained glass windows this summer. We are in the Request for Proposals phase of this project to determine the costs and timeline. All of the large windows will be removed and rebuilt at the glass studio with new modern frames. They also will evaluate and make repairs to the high small windows in the church once scaffolding goes up in 2018.
Next, we will work to secure proposals for painting and renovation of the church. Due to the complexity of this work, there will need to be significant coordination between all the contractors we secure to complete the work. Our goal is to start the work after Easter 2018 and hope to have the work completed by the end of summer or early fall of 2018.
We will provide updates in the fall and give parishioners ample opportunity to provide input on potential design concepts.
Once the work in the church is completed, it is our goal to move onto the renovation of the High School Auditorium and Robert Frye Gymnasium. We are still several hundred thousand short of making this project a reality. The actual scope of what we will be able to accomplish will be determined by the funds available.