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August 23, 2016
First Stones of New Bell Tower Set Into Place - Special Moment in History of All Saints
The first row of stones has been set into place as the start of the reconstruction of our new tower begins. "This is a special day in the life of the parish," noted Rev. Aimée. "For 116 years, the original tower stood strong as a beacon to Christians from our neighborhood and from around the world. Now, thanks to the hard work of this parish, our new Bell Tower will continue to call all of us together."

The first "course" goes into place.

Workers use photos to replicate the old Bell Tower base. Can you say "jigsaw puzzle?"

With weeks of prep behind them, teams of masons are able to make fast progress to set stones in place.

The view behind the construction fence reveals major progress. No timeframe has been set to complete Phase 1; however, it will be in October. Planning is underway to celebrate the new Bell Tower!
Controls on Sanctuary Project Require Hard Decisions, Daily Oversight

Major Deficiencies Uncovered During Phase 1 Bell Tower Work
 
We have recently learned that additional work will be required as part of Phase 2: rebuilding of a significant portion of the north and possibly south walls of the church, including adding new exterior shingles, interior framing and new interior plaster. The need for this new element of the project was learned after the Bell Tower was removed and we opened the entire northwest corner of the building.

The north aisle
Little more than planks and plaster have held the Sanctuary together for the past 116 years. Note the shingles are tacked to boards that provide no structural support.
ceiling has been "sagging" for perhaps decades because no support beam was originally installed during the 1930s addition (see photo below), pushing the top of the north wall outward. The roof will have to be shored while new walls are built. The cost for this work will hopefully be covered in our generous project contingency fund; however, this is being analyzed.

What was thought to be a beam supporting the roof has turned out to be a faux beam. The lack of support has caused the roof to sag and push out the top of the side walls.

Organ Location Update: Altar Area Chosen Due to Budget Constraints and Construction Challenges
 
As you have read in previous newsletters, the possible locations of our new pipe organ had been honed down to two: at the west end near the entrance to the church or behind the altar area. There were significant pros and cons to each location, liturgically and architecturally. Fisk, our organ manufacturer, noted that both locations would produce excellent sound and serve the parish well, but recommended that the best location acoustically was the entrance area. 

However, our
What went down now goes up: 26 feet below are the steel rebar cages encased in concrete and then connected to a complex series of footings that tie into the new foundation. Architects and engineers have worked so hard on things we'll never see but will keep our new Tower strong for generations.
architect and structural engineers advised that this location would require strengthening the Baptistery and northwest entrance walls. Additionally, one of two expensive options would be required: either build a basement under the Baptistery to house the organ blower and air conditioner or install sealed ducts from the entry area to the basement beneath the altar to run blower and air conditioning air from there, at an unbudgeted cost of at least $200,00 0. 

Project leaders recognize the necessity of reserving our contingency to address necessary structural deficiencies, and have therefore determined that the entry location not practical, irrespective of other considerations. We are confident that our new Fisk organ will provide music worthy of the God to whom we give praise.
 
Overall Project Costs Being Updated
 
Project leaders have requested that architect Bob Easton, the contractor, structural and mechanical engineers, and other professionals undertake further exploratory work on the walls, roof supports and other areas to be addressed in Phase 2 in order to identify likely "surprises" not covered by our original budget and to prepare an update.
 
It's a little hard to see in this photo but the 2"x4" support to the right of the green tape is perfectly "plumb" - or straight up and down. The wall on the right (the north entrance wall) is literally leaning out on top where the sun is shining through. Amazingly, it is touching the 2"x4" at the base of the wall!
A 20 percent contingency is included in the project budget and is designed to handle these types of surprises. However, if we have significantly under-budgeted, even with this contingency amount, we want to know now so the leadership and ultimately the Vestry can undertake a process of prioritizing project elements. That task will begin this fall once the revised budget is received in late August.
 
"We are committed to making sure we address the needs of the Sanctuary while ensuring we monitor the project, its costs and our budget," said Rev. Aimée. "We have excellent lay leadership working daily to monitor all aspects of this major undertaking. We also have a stellar team of outside professionals managing the project. The Vestry is updated regularly and we will continue to keep the parish informed," she added. 

We look forward to presenting more information about all of these developments at our fall Town Hall meeting.
More Than 200 Gifts Received!
"How Firm Our Foundation" Capital Campaign Continues Aggressively
We now stand at $9.5 million raised via 208 gifts. Fund raising continues at a fast clip as we race to exceed $10 million, which would enable the Vestry to authorize the year-long process to create detailed drawings, obtain construction bids and secure the array of permits necessary.


Click on the image above to see the latest campaign status report.
Campaign Co-Chairs Send Appreciation for Array of Gift Sizes
By Ed Birch, Bitsy Bacon and Sheri Benninghoven
Campaign Co-Chairs
 
We want to offer our sincere appreciation to the 208 parish families and individuals who have supported the "How Firm Our Foundation" capital campaign. The parishwide effort kicked off at the first of February - and together we have made so much progress. 
 
Please be assured that we are in need of gifts of all sizes. The campaign strategy was built on this concept and we continue to invite each member of the parish to help support the effort - no matter the size. As you can see from the box below, we are making great strides, thanks to your help.
 
 
Our fundraising plan sets out the number of gifts needed by size in order to reach our aggressive goal. The box on the right shows where we stand.

Photos Updated Weekly!
Check Out Bell Tower 
Construction Photo Album
Click the link below or the photo above to see the latest behind-the-scenes (or in this case, behind-the-fence) photos of all the work being done to remove and rebuild the Bell Tower. It's amazing!

Amendment to All Saints' Conditional Use Permit Requested 
All Saints has received preliminary feedback from Santa Barbara County regarding our request to amend our Conditional Use Permit to allow for the various changes inside the Sanctuary. The request to the County described the goals of Phase 2 and they've requested clarification of a few items:
  • The extent of structural renovations proposed
  • Addition of the columbarium
  • Parking and traffic issues, if any
  • Details regarding the landscape plan
  • Site drainage
  • Pipe organ and audio system sound levels
  • Historic structure analysis
Our responses to the items are due in the next several weeks, according to architect Bob Easton. "Our initial submission to the County was quite detailed and we are very pleased with this response. While there are many questions to answer we are confident that we can provide all the necessary information," he added.