Renovation Updates

Update - 12/20/18

December Update

On Tuesday, December 18, the Mount Olivet Board of Trustees approved renovating the lower level corridor in accordance with the church’s master building plan developed by cox graae + spack architects as part of the Now Is the Time capital campaign. 


A few members of Mount Olivet have agreed to fund these renovations which will result in

(1) updated flooring along the full length of the hallway to match what’s being installed in the corridor as part of the new construction,

(2) improved visual and textural accessibility on the two hallway ramps outside the elevator, and (3) making the 16th Street entrance more welcoming and less logistically challenging by reconfiguring the ellipse area by the Library and History rooms. 


Demolition work begins December 26, 2018 to accomplish the heaviest work while the Preschool, La Cocina, and Sunday school will not be in session. The church is notifying users of the affected areas about temporary relocation plans during the demolition and construction phases. We appreciate the generosity of these donors that enables Mount Olivet to accomplish this work while we have Marion Construction on site finishing the Fellowship Hall renovation and the new addition.

October 2018 Update

october 18

The last couple months have been exciting with very visible and tangible progress on our Fellowship Hall renovation and building addition project. We’ve been able to get limited access to the Fellowship Hall and are in the final stages of completing the addition.


We’ve worked together with our project manager, architect, and construction contractor to strategically provide access to the Fellowship Hall for the Preschool and Sunday worship only as work continues in this active construction site.

 

The connecting corridors, new restrooms, and new stairwell have work still to be done. It's important that we continue to limit our access to the Fellowship Hall so we don't impact the work and schedule of the construction contractor.


We fully understand important ministries such as Community Assistance, Wednesday Night Dinners, morning exercise, and Boy Scouts are anxious to expand and resume activities, but we need to be mindful of any impacts Church programs may have on contractor progress during the homestretch of our project. Therefore, these activities and others can not resume in the Fellowship Hall until the project is complete. The safety of our congregants and guests is paramount. Congregants passing through those areas without the spaces being secured and cleaned is a safety concern.


The contractor is on track currently for substantial completion in December. The work must pass Arlington County's trades, safety, and other inspections. When all inspections are approved, the County will issue a Certificate of Occupancy. With a Certificate of Occupancy in hand we will have full access to all spaces. Some punch list work likely will continue after receipt of the Certificate.


We appreciate your cooperation in adhering to our agreement with the contractor, both for the safety of our congregants and the project schedule. We all look forward to a complete and usable Fellowship Hall with new warm and welcoming corridors and fully accessible restrooms. Thanks for your patience. And thank you, too, for your generous financial support.

october 4

Most of the work to renovate the Fellowship Hall is complete and we are excited about our first worship service of The Way in the new Fellowship Hall on Sunday, October 7! Please remember that this area remains a very active construction site and your access will continue to be restricted to designated spaces. 


The Fellowship Hall is also now available for indoor play by the students in the Mount Olivet Preschool. The area will be available only to the Preschool, however, because construction will continue in the Fellowship Hall both before and after Preschool hours of operation.


Work on the addition (including new handicap restrooms) continues and is scheduled for completion by the end of December.


We appreciate everyone's flexibility in adapting to the changes that result from all this construction work. And thank you, too, for your generous financial support.

September 2018 Update

Thanks to your generous contributions to the NOW Is the Time capital campaign, work continues on our renovation and addition project. We’re at the half-way point in the construction!

View of old stairwell next to Fellowship Hall, looking out towards Glebe Road.

As you have traveled along Glebe Road, you’ve seen the progress being made on the exterior of the addition. A lot of work has been underway to renovate Fellowship Hall, and we’re anxious for everyone to be able to see it. We need to wait a few more weeks though. Please remember that the area remains a very active construction site and your access will continue to be restricted to designated spaces.

View of Fellowship Hall

We anticipate the Fellowship Hall being usable for indoor play by the students in the Weekday Preschool in early October. The area will be available only to the Preschool, however, because construction will continue in Fellowship Hall both before and after Preschool hours of operation.

Fellowship Hall Stage

As part of the renovation, new audio visual and lighting systems have been installed in Fellowship Hall. This new equipment will require band members of The Way to do some fine tuning prior to services resuming in Fellowship Hall. Currently, we anticipate The Way returning to the Fellowship Hall in early October.


Work on the addition continues to be on schedule for completion by the end of December.


We appreciate everyone’s flexibility in adapting to the changes that result from all this construction work. And thank you, too, for your generous financial support.

July 2018 Update


Behind those “DO NOT ENTER” locked doors your generous giving to the “NOW is the Time Capital Campaign” has the last of our three campaign projects well underway.  

Fellowship Hall, July 2018

Unfortunately, unlike the great work on the sanctuary organ revitalization, we’re not able to make most of the renovation work visible to the congregation. However, you can catch a glimpse of the excavation, concrete foundation, and other exterior work for the new addition through the Youth Area windows.

 

On the interior most of the demolition and excavation are complete.  The Fellowship Hall and the lower level hallway are gutted and old restrooms on both levels are gone.  Our contractor removed and abated asbestos in accordance with health and safety standards.  The stairwell is now one huge opening from the bottom floor concrete foundation to the upper floor roof rafters. With all of this early-stage work there are many hazards throughout the area such as exposed pipes and trenches in the floors, wires hanging from the walls and ceilings, and general construction debris.

Fellowship Hall, July 2018

We need your help in staying out of the construction area.  It is a hazardous area.  Entry without authorization is a safety concern to you and the workers, as well as a potential liability to the construction work.  Part of the Church’s agreement with Marion Construction, our general contractor, is to remind our members and visitors to remain outside the construction area and obey the signs. Thanks for helping meet our commitment.

Pipe work in Fellowship Hall

According to the latest schedule provided by Marion, they expect to achieve “substantial completion” (i.e., useable, but punch list not completed) of the Fellowship Hall and its access hallways prior to the beginning of the Weekday Preschool in September.  We’re currently projecting completion of the addition just before Christmas.

 

Those who have experienced renovation of an old building know there are surprises – both good and not so good.  We’ve had a few of both.  Our architects (Bill Spack and Rob Romano of cox, grae + spack architects), project manager (Adam Prill of Artisan Partners, Inc.), and Marion Construction have been a great team in addressing these surprises.

Pipe work in Fellowship Hall

Your Building Committee continues to monitor the work closely.

Committee members (Mike Nelson-chair, Susan Butler, Sharon Cummins, Dotty Dake, Jeff Goodman, Lee Moore, Marilyn Traynham, Alex Voigt, and Ed Walker) welcome talking with you more about the project and will be happy to answer your questions. 

 

We appreciate your patience as the project progresses.  Without your generous financial contributions, this work would not be possible.  We look forward to opening the doors for all to see what’s been happening behind them!

Fellowship Hall, July 2018

Questions?

Contact Marilyn Traynham, Church Administrator

mtraynham@mtolivet-umc.org