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The Connector Is Almost Ready!

Our Transform project is moving along swiftly, and this December, we’ll be excited to unveil the progress that has been made on the new Connector, east of the Sanctuary (exterior work in progress picture above).

The Connector (interior work in progress picture above) will help usher kids and families from our recently updated Alexander building into the heart of worship in our Sanctuary. This space is more than just a hallway—it contains an area to gather, restrooms, and our new children’s library. We’re excited to be opening the Connector on December 15!

Update: When the Connector opens on December 15, it will be fully functional. However, certain finishing touches will still be in progress, such as parts of the slate roof, and concrete molding.

Progress is being made quickly with the reconstruction of our Hunt building too. After months of work below ground on the foundation and parking garage, visible changes will begin taking place this month. Soon, steel will reach from the ground to the sky as the framework for our new building takes shape. We are eager to open this new space and share it with you in time for Christmas 2020.

After the Connector opens, construction will begin in new areas of our campus. The above map will give you an idea of what areas will be closed for the season, including the space behind the Sanctuary. While the blocked off areas are substantial, the ministry of transforming lives will continue as usual here at Highland Park Pres during construction.

Transform Update – November 20

Exciting things are happening around HP Pres as our Transform campus renewal project moves forward. We want to bring you up to date on some of the construction and the financial progress. We are nearing several important construction milestones:

  • The new connector is now scheduled to be complete and ready for us to use before Christmas. This project will greatly enhance the traffic flow between the Alexander Building and the Sanctuary.
  • Speaking of the Alexander Building, if you haven’t had a chance to see all the improvements that were made over the summer, please take a few minutes and go exploring. You’ll be excited to see all the upgrades.
  • Hunt 2.0 is now above ground! Hebrews 11 tells us faith is the assurance of things not seen. So far, we’ve had to take all the Hunt Building construction by faith, because we couldn’t see it. But now we will be able to see the progress. We are still planning for this major part of our campus to be completed by Christmas 2020.
  • The newest phase of our project will start in January as we begin to renovate the space behind the Sanctuary. This work will include lighting, HVAC, and sprinkler system work in the Sanctuary and Wynne Chapel. This should take several months and offices will need to be relocated.

Thank you for your prayers and wonderful financial support to Transform. You will receive a giving statement in mid-December showing your total year-to-date 2019 giving record. So far, we have collected $50.5 million of our $77.9 million Transform goal. What a blessing. But we also know that the last third of a campaign is often the most difficult to complete. We all need to focus on finishing strong.

As you think about your year-end giving and completing your commitment to Transform, we hope you will consider giving appreciated investments. This is a great way to make tax-smart contributions that, not only save taxes, but potentially increase your cash flow. To learn more about how this strategy can be a win-win for you and the church, go to hppres.org/tax-smart-giving. If you have questions or need to talk to someone, please contact Andy Raub, Director of Generosity and Stewardship. 

Again, thank you so much for your support, your prayers, and your enthusiasm for this project. Please keep praying that what we do and how we do it will honor God and raise up Jesus for others to see and follow.

Posted by Zack House at Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Transform Update – August 15

Progress is being made on our Transform campus project, and soon construction tape in some areas will be taken down and you’ll be invited to come see the work in person that you’ve been supporting.

Before August 25 arrives, the Alexander Building will be ready to receive students in both The Day School, The Hillier School, and for Sunday classes. Some finishing touches (like a few lighting fixtures, and a misc. other items) will arrive to the Alexander Building shortly after it has opened for use by our kids.

On Sunday, August 25, we will begin using the east entrance and drive to the Alexander building again! 

The East Connector Hall, which will allow direct access for our kids areas into the heart of our Sanctuary, is scheduled for completion in October. When it’s done, it will be easier than ever to include the next generation in the act of worship as a church family. 

Our indoor playground, The Woods is scheduled for completion by this December. Renovation of the University playground will break ground later this August, with work expected to be complete in November. The new playground south of the Connector Building is also expected to be completed this December. The remaining playgrounds will be finished in the Summer of 2020. 

You can always see up-to-date maps of what is open on our campus at hppres.org/maps.

Thank you for your support of Transform! If you haven’t already, you can become a part of transforming spaces to transform lives by giving today to support the initiative at transform.hppres.org/givetotransform.

Posted by Zack House at Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Transform Update – May 29

Beginning May 31, the next step in our renovation of the Alexander Building will begin and the north portion of the Alexander building will be closed for renovations that will last until the end of summer. This will create some amazing new spaces for our Kids & Student ministries to teach our families about Jesus.

In preparation, Kids & Student Sunday Classes will be on a break Sunday, June 2. Please join us for Family Worship in all of the services that morning. Classes will resume on Sunday, June 9, in their temporary summer locations.

During this time, our campus will be operating at less than 25% of its regular capacity. The only entrances to the church during this time will be into the Sanctuary from University Blvd., or near Wynne Chapel on McFarlin Blvd. Worship services and children’s classes will continue on Sundays like normal, but most adult classes will take a break until the fall. Thank you for your flexibility and willingness to help guests during this time.

Posted by Zack House at Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Transform Update – April 4

After a particularly wet winter, progress on the construction taking place at Highland Park Pres as part of the Transform project is making some noticeable steps forward.

On the west side of campus, excavation below the old Hunt building is almost complete. Soon, digging will reach its ultimate depth, and a foundation for our rebuilt Hunt building will be created. This will be completed near the end of April, and then a crane for phase two of construction will be erected.

In our February update, we shared about the start of construction on the connector between the Alexander Building and the Sanctuary. Work is progressing, and a foundation for the connector will be created by the end of April, with construction completing in August.

At the end of May, the remainder of the Alexander building will be closed for renovations that will last until the end of Summer. This will create some amazing new spaces for our Kids & Student ministries to teach our families about Jesus.

During this time, our campus will be operating at less than 25% of its regular capacity. The only entrances to the church during this time will be into the Sanctuary from University Blvd., or near Wynne Chapel on McFarlin Blvd. Worship services and children’s classes will continue on Sundays like normal, but adult classes will take a break until the fall. Thank you for your flexibility and willingness to help guests during this time.

Giving to the Transform project is going well, with gifts coming in from a significant portion of people who pledged. Please remember that ministry does not stop during construction, and that we need your continuing support of the general operating budget as well as Transform. Thank you for your ongoing support of both, so that our campus can support our ministry for the next 100 years.

Campus Vision Team:
Bryan Dunagan, Art Harding, Doug Hawthorne, Lila Marshall, Leslie Melson, Monty Montgomery, Ashley Morriss, Nancy Seay, Mark Story, and Steve Van Amburgh

Posted by Zack House at Wednesday, April 3, 2019
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