We are reaching the highest point of our construction project, and to celebrate, we are inviting everyone to write a note, prayer, or Bible verse on the topping beam this Sunday! Sharpies will be available before and after our 8:45, 10, and 11:15 am services for signing outside of the Sanctuary.
As we begin the new year we are also beginning a new phase of construction as part of our Transform project. With the new Connector between the Sanctuary and Alexander buildings fully opened, it’s time to begin projects on our campus that will help update our Sanctuary building.
During the month of January, work will be taking place on the walkway in front of the Sanctuary. Beginning on Monday, January 13, 2020, the main entrance will be closed, but thanks to our new Connector building, easy access to worship can still be found (see map above for paths to the Sanctuary). Work in this area is expected to last 3–4 weeks, with normal access to the Sanctuary being restored in the first week of February or earlier.
By entering on McFarlin Blvd. you can walk due north through the courtyard and turn west to enter the transept of the Sanctuary. Alternatively, you can use the Connector to enter the East end of the Sanctuary Narthex. To get to the Connector, you can enter from the Circle Drive on Park Street and walk through the Alexander building, or take the sidewalk that connects from the new Parking Assistance stand on university blvd. South into the Alexander building.
The Sanctuary renovations will begin earlier, on January 5, and last through the Spring. The Sanctuary will be open on Sundays for worship, but closed during the week. Work taking place includes replacing the decades-old HVAC system underneath the Sanctuary. Because of this you can expect to see temporary air ducts which will be used to bring air and heat into the Sanctuary.
The area behind the Sanctuary, known as the Sanctuary building, will begin renovation at the start of January as well. From January until just before the start of Summer, this portion of the building will be closed. During this time, Wynne Chapel will only be accessible by entering the outside doors on McFarlin Blvd., as the entrances from the inner hallways will be closed.
In many ways, this phase of construction will require the most flexibility from the Highland Park Pres Church family. However, we know that these updates will help us fulfil our church’s vision, in the same way that the updated Alexander Building and Connector are already aiding in our ministry. We’re looking forward to sharing our new spaces with you and with generations of Christ-followers to come.
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.
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:
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.
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.