Frequently Asked Questions


 

 

Q: Where will the adult Bible Fellowship classes go when building G is demolished, but the new children’s building is not built yet?

Q: What happens to building F when we build the children’s building?

Q: What happens to the library, history room, computer room, special needs classroom, etc.?

Q: Where is the bride’s room for the chapel?

Q: The facility currently has water issues and foundation problems. How will building a new building deal with these issues?

Q: Does the estimated building cost for each phase and block include decorations, furniture, and anything else interior?

Q: Does the estimate include wireless and technological updates we need?

Q: Is the estimated cost enough money?

Q: Will any of these new spaces be rentable for the Richardson Community to use?

Q: How are we planning to pay off our current debt?

Q: What is the total estimated cost of the entire campaign?

Q: Will we have to go into debt for this project?

Q: Where will guest parking be in the new plan?

Q: Is our church growing right now?

Q: How will new buildings help us to grow?

Q: Why build? What’s wrong with our facilities right now?

Q: Why knock down Building C? Is it just for aesthetic reasons?

 

 

Q: Where will the adult Bible Fellowship classes go when building G is demolished, but the new children’s building is not built yet?

A: During the Transitional time period between campaigns our small groups will have enough space to meet in other areas, though it will be cramped. This comes with all building projects, and we have plans for utilizing available spaces all across campus in the transitional periods. In the first Phase, Building G will be deconstructed to make room for the new children’s building and lobby. It will take approximately 9-12 months to complete construction. During that time, the preschoolers who currently meet on the first floor of G building will be moved to F Building (the current children’s building), and the adults who currently meet on the second floor of G Building will be moved to classroom space in C Building. After the new children’s building is complete, all preschoolers and children will move in to the new facility and we will once again have plenty of classroom space because building F (the current children’s building) will be vacant.

 

 

Q: What happens to building F when we build the children’s building?

A: Eventually, F building will be renovated into a youth area upstairs and administration offices downstairs. But this will not happen until the end of Phase 2. After Phase 1, Building F will be used for Adult Education space.

 

 

Q: What happens to the library, history room, computer room, special needs classroom, etc.?

A: The details about where specific rooms will go are not nailed down yet. This will be discussed when the architects start drafting the technical construction drawings. We will not commission these expensive drawings until our church votes on the overall project on January 26th, 2014.

 

 

Q: Where is the bride’s room for the chapel?

A: There are multiple options for a bride’s room near the chapel space. One is a large conference room directly across the hall that could potentially double as a bride’s room. Also, the current bride’s room will remain in place.

 

 

Q: The facility currently has water issues and foundation problems. How will building a new building deal with these issues?

A: The architects and engineers will study all of our current issues and develop a plan on how to deal with them, as well as designing new facilities that will try to avoid these issues. However, the estimated costs on construction and renovation do not include any foundation work on existing facilities. Most of the foundation issues are in Building C, which this plan proposes to deconstruct.

 

 

Q: Does the estimated building cost for each phase and block include decorations, furniture, and anything else interior?

A: Yes, the estimates are inclusive of paint, furniture, décor, light fixtures, and anything else for the interior spaces.

 

 

Q: Does the estimate include wireless and technological updates we need?

A: Yes, the estimates include all updates for each of the new buildings, plus some renovations to the current systems to keep pace with the new buildings.

 

 

Q: Is the estimated cost enough money?

A: Yes. However, the estimated cost does not consider inflation that may occur between now and the time the buildings are built.

 

 

Q: Will any of these new spaces be rentable for the Richardson Community to use?

A: Absolutely. In fact, the new facilities are being designed with this in mind.

 

 

Q: How are we planning to pay off our current debt?

A: Over the last four years our debt has been reduced from $1.4 million to $550,000. There are a number of donors who have generously offered to help pay this debt off before we break ground on this new project. We hope to have the current debt paid off soon.

 

 

Q: What is the total estimated cost of the entire campaign?

A: 23 million dollars broken up into 3 phases over 10-15 years.

 

 

Q: Will we have to go into debt for this project?

A: That depends on how much the church membership is willing to pledge for the project. The Finance Task Force will make a recommendation on debt at each step in the process. Ultimately, the church will vote on how much debt, if any, to take on for this project.

 

 

Q: Where will guest parking be in the new plan?

A: We will have multiple areas for guests to park, mainly around the children’s building and the new front lobby of the church.

 

 

Q: Is our church growing right now?

A: Our church is currently growing among the young. The fastest growing areas in our church over the last four years have been the preschool and children’s areas. Our contemporary worship service has doubled in size. Our Wednesday night children’s programs have almost tripled in attendance. However, we are also decreasing in attendance among the elderly. Many of our elderly members are becoming homebound, moving away to be closer to adult children, and of course, many have gone to be with the Lord. Over the last five years we have added 602 members, and have lost 343 members (mostly to death and moving out of town). Overall, the church can be characterized as experiencing very slow growth.

 

 

Q: How will new buildings help us to grow?

A: We have identified that part of the reason many visitors do not choose to join our church is that the facilities and overall impression is that we are “dated.” Facilities do not win people to the Lord or to our church. However, they can have the effect of turning people away. If the facilities look and “feel” old, young families will join elsewhere. Many will never even give us a try. The life, vibrancy, and love that is to be found in our fellowship is one of the best kept secrets in Richardson. New, vibrant, relevant facilities can help change that. A significant investment in facilities on one of the busiest corners of North Dallas will speak volumes to those who drive by.

 

 

Q: Why build? What’s wrong with our facilities right now?

A: We have multiple problems with our aging facilities. Primarily, we have major foundation problems in Building C. We also have an older image on the inside and outside of the facilities. We have plenty of space, but much of it is not usable space for our changing needs. The Master Site Plan Task force has identified seven major issues with the facility. They are: (1) there is no obvious “front door”; (2) there is no central “spine” to facilitate flow from one building to the other; (3) there is no Senior Adult space and Children’s space close to parking and the Worship Center; (4) there is no mid-size worship space; (5) there is no large gathering space; (6) there is no aesthetically Welcoming Façade; and (7) there is no updated and contemporary space for young families. The new plan addresses all of these issues.

 

 

Q: Why knock down Building C? Is it just for aesthetic reasons?

A: No. Although aesthetics are important. The goal of the Task Force was to present a plan that would bring our entire campus into the 21st century. A conservative estimate for renovating and upgrading Building C was $4 million. It is quite possible that another $2 million would be needed for foundation repairs, to bring the total to $6 million. For less than $6 million we can build a new building AND place it closer to the Sanctuary with better access to parking. The added bonus is a more aesthetically pleasing “front door.”

 

 

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All of the frequently asked questions were generated from town hall meetings, conversations, and emails since The Big Reveal Presentation.  We invite you to join us and ask your questions by attending an upcoming town hall meeting or emailing the Master Site Plan Task Force at feedback@fbcr.org