Church/School Expansion Update: September 2017

When will we break ground?

That is the question asked almost daily from parishioners, school parents, staff, neighbors. The answer is “as soon as we possibly can”! Originally we had hoped to begin at the beginning of September but are now shooting for the end of the month/ beginning of October. We are currently seeking final approval of our site plan, construction drawings, and necessary permitting.

Artist’s rendering of the music wing in the new addition to Saint James’.

Then what?

In the coming weeks we will begin to prepare and secure the construction site. The process of running electrical to the new site is already well underway. You probably have also noticed playground equipment being relocated to the far field. The site and staging area will be within the current playground with a walkway for our children from the school to the far field (the parking lot will remain in use). Once we have a firm start date we will also invite you to an official groundbreaking.

Then construction will begin with the expansion which should continue through summer of 2018. Once we conclude the 2017-2018 program year, we will complete to renovation of our current space with both being completed in advance of the 2018-2019 program and school year.

What about $$$?

Bids have been received from our subcontractors based upon the actual construction documents and all appears to be in line with our $3.7 million estimate. Our current fundraising efforts have raised pledges of $2.27 million which exceeds our campaign goal but is considerably less than the actual project cost. So we still need your support. If you have not made a pledge, please consider joining with the over 200 donors and leaving your mark on Saint James’. Those of you who have already made a commitment toward the project, we encourage you to stay on top of your payments. The additional funding has been secured as a bridge while the three year pledges are received and to finance over twenty years the difference between our fundraising efforts and total project cost.

Thank you. It has been a herculean effort spanning over 5 years to get to this point and we cannot begin to name all of the people who have been part. Beyond the much needed classrooms and upgrades, this project also stands as a testament to the remarkable people who call Saint James’ home and their inspiring dedication and love of our church and school.