Project #5 – Sanctuary & Chancel (Rooms 254 & 257)
Project #5 – Sanctuary & Chancel (Rooms 254 & 257)The approximate cost of this project = more than $250,000
(Please note the numbering of this project does not indicate its priority, it only identifies the project for reference.)
This project is made up of various repairs such as:
- Replacement of worn out carpeting – The Sanctuary carpeting has reached the end of its useful life. We have had flooring contractors here to make repairs to the carpeting and all have said “the carpet is shot; there is no way to make repairs to its current condition. Replacement is the only option”.
- Replacement of vinyl tile under pews – It is theorized that the vinyl tile was installed beneath the aisle carpeting. If this is the case, the removal of the aisle carpeting may require the replacement of the vinyl tile in order for areas not to look “patched in”. There are also areas of cracked and lifting vinyl tiles throughout the Sanctuary.
- Repair/Recondition pews and kneelers – Many pews and kneelers are showing signs of normal and tear. The condition of the pews is for the most part structurally sound. The wood finish of the pews however is in need of re-finishing. The kneelers have been noticed to have deteriorating padding, tears in their covering material and broken structural members. Since the replacement of flooring materials is imminent, this will require the moving of the pews/kneelers; this would also be the opportune time to recondition the pews and kneelers as well.
- Restore water damaged wall plaster and woodwork – Throughout the years, many areas of the Sanctuary and Transept roofs have leaked water. Many repairs have been made, some have held while others only pushed the leak to a nearby location. Before repairs to the plaster and woodwork are undertaken; our best efforts will be made to eliminate all roof leaks. Given the nature of certain roof elements, they will likely always be a source of future maintenance repairs.
- Repaint entire Sanctuary and Chancel – Plaster repairs will require repainting of several walls. This seems like the right time to freshen up the appearance of the Sanctuary and Chancel
- Clean Sanctuary woodwork (ceiling, arches, purlins, railings) – Since the scaffolding will be on site for plaster repairs and painting it makes sense to clean the high woodwork at this time as well as to save the mobilization costs of erecting scaffolding at a later date.
- Upgrade breaker panel for lighting to be operated by wall switching – The Sanctuary and Chancel lighting are controlled by a breaker panel located in the front hall adjacent to the Chancel. With much the same reasoning as mentioned in several items above, it seems opportunistic to convert the switching of lights to wall switches at this time.
- Upgrade to more energy efficient lighting options – With the advancement of modern lighting, there are several advantages to converting our lighting to more energy efficient devices. Not only are modern devices less maintenance, they also produce better lighting, use less energy, last longer and are eligible for DTE Rebates. This option will greatly reduce/eliminate the need for staff to replace incandescent lights in the lofty places of the Sanctuary and Chancel.