Epiphany 351 Update - September
Epiphany 351 Update
From the earth beneath to the sky above work is progressing on every floor, as well as the roof and steeple. The entire building is alive with work crews removing walls, ceilings, and in some cases even floors. Excavation is expanding the cellar so as to house not only all the mechanical rooms needed to maintain the building, but large storeroom pantries for the parish and for Carter Burden.There will even be a climate controlled and ventilated trash room so that the days of dumpsters in front of the church will be over. On the new first floor, which will now be at street level rather that six feet below grade, there will be two lobbies, one for the parish house side where the church offices, CEDS, the gymnasium and the roof can all be accessed by a large elevator. And one leading to the parish hall and kitchen, as well as a gracious staircase to take people up to the church (no worries, the elevator will also take you to the church). The second floor contains the Nave and Sanctuary as well as the parish offices and Sacristy. Floors three and four are dedicated to CEDS with two offices, a library, and five classrooms. On the fifth floor will be the choir room, a conference room and other flexible meeting space. The sixth floor holds the gym and then finally, the roof garden with play equipment, comfortable seating, and a barbeque and outdoor kitchen. Every floor from the cellar to the roof will be fully accessible by an elevator. To fit all of this into a 19th century building the interior of that building, along with its antiquated electrical, plumbing, and heating, must go. Hence the months of demolition that will take us through the fall. After that, work begins on building out each floor to provide Epiphany with an environmentally friendly, energy efficient, “smart” building that will allow the parish to continue its 187 years of life, mission and ministry for generations to come.
A view of the Nave and Sanctuary from the rafters.
CEDS future home. Third floor demolition and bracing.
Progress in the sixth floor gym.
Excavation underway for the expanded cellar.