Progress toward our fund-raising goal
We give thanks for continuing progress as first meal is served in new fellowship hall
On Monday, November 25, the Cauthen-Cole Sunday School class provided a Thanksgiving meal to construction workers to thank them for their hard work. This was the first meal served in the new fellowship hall. Since there is no kitchen equipment yet, the meal was brought in from Town and Country and class members made desserts.
Workers enjoy their Thanksgiving lunch.
After years of creating marvelous meals in a cramped, inadequate kitchen, our volunteer cooks will be overjoyed by the ample space of the new kitchen.
Progress on the new youth space continues on the top floor. Wow!
November - continuing progress and the beginning of a metamorphosis
As November got underway, interior and exterior progress continued on the new building. In the old building, the fellowship hall was gutted so the metamorphosis into new children’s space could begin.
This photo, taken November 6, shows the new state-of-the-art fellowship hall.
The church has lacked a casual gathering area or foyer. This is being remedied by the Brown Street Vestibule (following photo 11-06-2019), connecting the old and new buildings.
Meanwhile, in the old building, the finishes of the old fellowship hall have been stripped out so that the work can begin to construct new children’s space (photo below 11-07-2019).
Exciting progress is being made in October
We got a formal timeline update from our construction professionals in mid-October, and we continue to be on schedule to hit our target completion dates next spring. Over the next several weeks, here’s what you can expect to see happening around the job site:
- Continued work with heavy timber framing around the gathering vestibule and the porte cochere.
- The first exterior “finish” materials will be installed as the lower levels of cast stone go on the building.
- Shingles will go on the roof and the roof will be completed.
- Much of the interior utility and mechanical work will be completed.
In addition, in a few weeks, the existing elevator vestibule will be demolished, opening the elevator into the new, larger gathering vestibule. We will have continuous access to the elevator as that work is done, and, for our safety, the elevator will continue to be cordoned off from the larger construction site.
Please keep the building project in your prayers as we seek to use all that God has blessed us with to better serve our community and God’s kingdom.
Work continues on exterior and interior
As we’re into late September, the building is on schedule. Progress is being made on the exterior walls, the roof system, and the electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems.
In this photo taken September 25, we’re looking from the old building across the Brown Street Vestibule into the new building.Windows look out on the recreation area. (Photo taken 09-18-2019)
August was another good month of progress
August was another good month of progress on our building project. Much of the mechanical, plumbing, and electrical work has been completed. As we move through September we can expect to see the roof completed, windows going in, sheetrock being installed, and continued work to connect the new building to our existing buildings. The project continues to be on schedule and within budget. We’ve collected more than $7 million dollars toward the project so far and continue to have cash on hand to pay the considerable expenses associated with this phase of construction. As we start to look toward the finish line, however, we still have considerable work to do. Your gifts at the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020—both to fulfill pledges and in addition to pledged giving— will determine whether we need to borrow money to complete this project and whether we’ll carry any debt going forward. We are becoming even more excited about what this new building will mean for our church and for our Christian witness in this community as we become more familiar with the details of the finished project. You’re going to be excited, too. We can’t wait for you to see how it all comes together! Representatives from our facilities planning team, our capital campaign team, and from Headley Construction provided a church-wide update and took questions during Bible study time on Wednesday, September 11.Photo taken from Broad Street 09/04/2019. The inset shows a bit of the HVAC and plumbing that has been completed.
It's all coming together
We continue to make great progress on the new addition. We’ve started the process of connecting the new building to our existing buildings. That process will continue as we work to get the whole project under roof. We hope to have the roof work complete by the end of August. At the same time, all kinds of HVAC, electrical and plumbing work will continue throughout the month, along with the installation of new stairwells and some continued exterior framing for places like the Porte Cochere and Gathering Vestibule. As our construction teams work, we have church teams busy at work as well. Our furnishings committee is actively working in coordination with our staff to begin the process of selecting and ordering all of the new furniture and decorative items that will be needed to make our new spaces complete— and to make them feel like Central. Please continue to remember the building project and capital campaign in your prayers. They’re working! We couldn’t have dreamed of being in a better position at this point in the process than we are right now.
Photo taken from Spring Street 08-07-2019
Interior photo taken 08-13-2019
Sheathing is going up
Photo taken from Broad Street 07-24-2019
Steel structure is complete
As surely you’ve noticed, we made GREAT progress on the building in June. With the steel structure complete and concrete poured on the second level, the project moves forward with three priorities for July.
First, the interior wall framing will begin to take shape as you see metal studs go up inside the building. Second, in the next few weeks you’ll begin to see roof beams being placed to tie the new building to the existing one. And third, the construction team will begin working to get the whole project under roof.
We’ve enjoyed great weather recently and hope the clear skies continue. Please continue to keep the project and those working on it in your prayers as we continue to build on our past and build for our future.From Broad Street July 9 (above) and Spring Street July 14 (below)
Work continues to move along
The form of the building is beginning to take shape
Steel is going up
It's concrete, y'all
Constructing a strong foundation
Actual construction is underway
Construction progress necessitates entry changes
Being an active church in an active construction zone
Bye, bye Brown Street
Site preparation gets underway
Brown Street closed
“Prepare ye the way . . .”
What’s included in our campus expansion and renovation?
Central Baptist Church has a rich history that has grown and evolved for over 120 years. Now work is underway on a major expansion and renovation of our facilities. Included in a new building on the site of the old youth building and Brown Street are
- a new fellowship hall
- new youth space
- a gathering space
The current fellowship hall will be converted into children’s space, making it possible for all children’s activities to be on the same floor of the building.