Detailed Picture of the Project (provided by Paul Stoffel, chair)
The architect from Groth Design Group is drawing construction documents for the sanctuary renovation. A complete set of documents contains floor plans, elevations, sections and details that, together, form a detailed picture of the project.
The most up-to-date floor plan is posted on the Centered on Christ web page. The most notable changes to the floor plan are the location of the family bathroom and slight changes to the sanctuary platform. An access ramp is shown between the sanctuary platform and the choir space. The sanctuary platform is wider, giving more space around the ambo.
Also on the website is an example of a chart that helps with project management, from Saint Dennis’ perspective, during the construction phase. Essentially, the as-shown, partial chart illustrates the scope of work by listing task descriptions. A full-blown chart (not shown) also keeps track of various steps along the way, such as quotes received, material received, installation complete and more.
Grand Piano Keyboard (provided by Paul Stoffel, chair)
As part of the sanctuary remodeling project, a Yamaha electronic keyboard has been purchased. The keyboard’s cabinet resembles a grand piano style, capable of providing an accurate simulation of an acoustic piano, an organ, and many other accompanying, instrumental sounds.
The grand piano keyboard will replace the need for the traditional piano and pipe organ. The traditional piano is becoming more and more difficult to keep in tune. Keeping the pipe organ fully functional would require costly console and mechanical updates and repairs. Recently, it was noted during the church’s acoustical study that the pipe organ also has an air leak somewhere in the bellows. The plan is for the pipe organ to be removed.
The Centered on Christ committee, along with the parish pianists, choir directors and Saint Dennis Liturgical staff, have weighed in on the decision to begin using an electronic keyboard. It is temporarily located in the chapel until a dolly is delivered to make it mobile. It is expected that the keyboard will be moved into the church within the next couple of weeks, after a training session from the Yamaha dealership. The chapel will be the new home for the traditional piano.
Church Lighting (provided by Paul Stoffel, chair)
A major goal of the church renovation and facilities upgrade project is to replace the current lighting in church, and around campus, with energy-saving LED bulbs.
In church, the current pendant lights will be replaced with new LED pendant fixtures that have a bright downlight, as well as an uplighting array, to illuminate the ceiling.
A common method of measuring the amount of light in a room is by using a light meter that measures in “foot-candles.” The lighting in a church should typically be around 20 to 40 foot-candles. A lighting contractor recently measured the available light. At different locations in the pews, the foot-candles were low and varied widely: o.7, 2.5, 6.7 and 11.8.
These foot-candle readings are not surprising. We know the church needs better lighting, more foot-candles, but it also needs more uniform lighting throughout.
New, brighter, dimmable church lighting is part of the Centered on Christ sanctuary renovation project.
Financial Update (provided by Fr. Randy)
Task force includes: Dan Clancy, Mark Courchane, Craig Fenrick, Todd Hollister, Derek Metcalf, Jim Wilson, office staff: Roger Howerton and Sue Besler; Campaign Chair – Paul Stoffel.
- Savings on-hand available for project – $89,438
- 2017 year-end gifts received for project (32 gifts = $93,628)
- 15 pledge gifts received totaling $518,000
- 5-year pledge commitment
- Average of $34,500
- 10 outstanding pledges to be returned
- Total pledged to-date & on-hand for project – $701,066 – January 30, 2018
- Additional Funding Possibilities
- Diocese of Madison-Apostolate of Persons with Disabilities
- Task force recommends to begin inquiry with lending institutions and credit union regarding loan options
- Per Diocesan policy – ‘blackout period’ – no active fundraising through Annual Catholic Appeal (Commitment Weekend for Bishop’s Appeal is March 3 & 4)
- Early April: solicit 50 additional pledge commitments
- Mid-April: parish-at-large in pew commitment
- Goal 1- $1,335,000(sanctuary redesign, liturgical furnishings, lighting, flooring, family restroom, restrooms refurbished, power-assisted doors, video projection)
- Goal 2 – $183,000(school classroom heating units, school kitchen flooring and walls; additional handicap and visitor parking, sidewalk repair)
- Goal 3 – $195,000(solar collector panels, school bathroom sinks, lockers, ceiling tiles, campus lighting/security)
- All Three Goals – $1,713,000
Acoustic Renovation Design (provided by Paul Stoffel, chair)
Our church “room” or space was evaluated by acoustical engineers this past week. They wanted
to understand and diagnose why the church’s unique room acoustics are actually degrading
sound quality, affecting speech intelligibility and clarity.
The acoustic engineers took measurements to determine the room’s frequency response, bass
decay, reverberation time and reflections.
Preliminary indications point to a need for acoustic renovation design elements which include
increasing the amount of hard surface floor areas, such as under the pews; the use of sound
reflective/diffusing profiles on the east and west walls of the church; and the application of
sound absorbing material at strategic locations. These recommended design elements will be
part of the Centered on Christ sanctuary renovation project.