Many of you will recall that late in September Bishop Brandt called
a press conference to announce the success of the Diocesan Capital Campaign.
During that press conference he referred to the building project here at Christ
the King parish. Much has occurred with the building project in the ensuing
months. With that in mind it is appropriate that I give you an update on our
Following the press conference I met with our building committee
and our architects and engineers. During the month of October we prepared
another presentation for the Board of Consultors addressing any concerns they
had expressed during our previous meetings. Later in October these updated plans
were presented to our Building Committee. With their approval we scheduled a
meeting with the Consultors on November 8th. We made our revised presentation.
While we awaited the Bishop’s response I met with our Pastoral Council and our
Finance Council to update them on the presentation. This past week we received
the official letter of permission to proceed with construction drawings and
plans. A copy of the Bishop’s letter is reproduced for you here.
Once again we will need to address some concerns of the Consultors.
Let me assure you that that is already being done. We will continue to consult
the Engineering and Facilities Management Office as our plans evolve.
In the near future I will be presenting our plans to the parish. If
you would like to see the plans that the Diocese has approved look for the times
of the presentation in upcoming bulletins.
Building Project Update - July 22, 2010
Over the course of the summer the building Committee has selected
Ross Shonder Sterzinger Cupcheck as our architect. Working with them and
Streamline Engineering for site planning we prepared, in broad outline, a plan
to be presented to the Diocesan Board of Consultors. The Consultors met on May
21, 2010. It was a lengthy meeting lasting more than an hour and a half. It was
also a productive meeting giving us needed insight to continue the planning
Initial response to our presentation from the Bishop and the
Consultors was very positive. The official response took somewhat longer. On
July 20, 2010 we received that response. It is reproduced for you here.
In the meantime we have continued updating our plans responding to
the concerns and contingencies presented to us by the Board. We have been moving
forward with continued site planning. And have met with our architect and
engineer several times. It is our intention to have a more detailed budget and
design ready for a possible September meeting of the Board of Consultors.
Further updates will occur as information becomes available.
Building Project Update - February 6, 2010
When I last updated you on the Building Project I told you that we
had met with the Diocesan College of Consultors and scheduled interviews with
several architects to consider our options for plans for our worship site.
We have continued to move forward since that time. During the last
week of November and the first week of December each of the prospective
architects was welcomed for an individual site visit in advance of the
interviews scheduled for December 11th and 14th. The Building Committee was
impressed with a number of the presentations and scheduled a second round of
In the meantime we received a letter from Bishop Brandt thanking us
for our presentation to the Consultors and reminding us of the proper procedure
to follow as we continue through this process. His letter is reproduced for you
Since the reception of the Bishop’s letter I have
met with the Building Committee several times, first to narrow the field of
architects for the second round of interviews and a second time to prepare a
list (based on the needs expressed by the parishioners in the development of the
initial design) of mandatory elements to be included in the new design.
Following those meetings I have met with Ed Turner, the Director of the
Facilities Office for the Diocese, to obtain his ideas about the project. This
was followed by a yet another meeting of the Building Committee to make any
adjustments to our ideas based on Mr. Turner’s input. With those meetings
completed we met with each of the architects to provide them with the
information gathered and ask for concept designs to be presented on Feb. 11th
Further updates will occur as information becomes
Building Project Update - Nov. 29, 2009
The Church Building and Renovation Project has languished for several years
now. During that time we have petitioned the Diocese several times for
permission to resume our project. Unfortunately there have been a number of
things standing in the way. We have had to wait for the appointment of a new
Bishop. We have had to wait for the Diocesan Strategic Planning Committee to be
constituted and complete its study. We have had to wait for the restructuring of
the Diocese. And finally we have had to wait for the permission of Bishop
With these other things completed, late this past summer, we (Fr. Joe,
the Pastoral Council, the Finance Council, and the Building Committee) once
again petitioned Bishop Brandt to allow us to resume our project. In early
September Bishop Brandt responded asking that I meet with Diocesan
representatives to discuss the project. That meeting took place on September
28th. At that meeting we discussed the needs of the parish, the strengths and
weaknesses of both the Second Street and Gilpin sites, the advantages of
consolidating to a single site in light of the changing demographics of the
Leechburg area, the declining number of both priests and parishioners, and the
realistic possibilities for future development of the parish.
As a result of
that meeting the Diocesan representatives were to report their findings to
Bishop Brandt and I was to call together the Building Committee to apprise them
of the meeting results.
We received the Bishop’s response on October 30th. In
essence it gave us permission to restructure the project in light of available
funds. The letter is reproduced below for your perusal.
Things have moved
rapidly since that date. I have already met with the Pastoral Council. We have
contacted the Diocesan Office for Engineering and Facilities and requested and
received a list of architects from them. The Building Committee has met twice,
selecting architects to be interviewed. On November 6th I received an invitation
to make a presentation to the Diocesan Consultors to give them an update on our
project. In the two weeks that followed we prepared a presentation and on Nov.
20th gave the Consultors not only our reasoning for moving forward but also the
steps taken since receiving the Bishops letter of permission.
Since the November
20th Consultors meeting I have scheduled site visits with the prospective
architects. The Building Committee will now conduct interviews. This should be
completed by mid-December. Look for a further update at that time.