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Building Update – THE WORK HAS STARTED

The campus will look a little different this week when you arrive. The trees around the southern end of the building are being removed. Next week, the retention pond will begin to be dug. The plan for the retention area is to make it a large shallow “dry” retention area that can be used as athletic fields during the dry season. It will hold water in the summer and then dry out, and be able to be useful space in the winter. It will be at the southern end of the property. 

Next week, will see the construction of a temporary parking lot on the south side of the building. This parking lot will serve first as temporary parking for us as the new parking is put in, then as the building staging area once the new parking is usable. 

Jim Burg, The Building Committee Chair and Jerry Varnon, The Trustee Chair are the churches liaisons with the builders. We have instructed the builders that Jim and Jerry will be the only ones who are authorized to represent the church. If you have a question please see either Jim or Jerry. 

A couple of things that seem far off now but we will need to prepare for: From September to January the business offices of the church will be moving into the Choir Room while the current offices are renovated.  The program staff will both work-from-home, and we will share a temporary office in the classroom behind Fellowship Hall.  The original plan was to wait until the new offices were finished and only move once, but that model added 2 months and $51,000 to our budget. For that kind of time and saved money, we can be inconvenienced for a couple months.  

Temporary uses – when the existing office space, parlor, and library are renovated, we will be able to move back in and use them again, however, we will use these spaces temporarily for different things.  For example, the new meeting/conference room that is currently Pastor Tim’s and Mary’s office will most likely temporarily be used as the nursery and toddler area. That will happen because the current nursery and toddler are will need to be torn out to make room for the lobby expansion.

The roof over of the children’s courtyard that we discussed last week is going forward. On Monday, we were notified that someone else in the Congregation had felt led to increase their pledge by $50,000 to help pay for the roof over. So of the potential $230,000 we have received additional pledges for $150,000 without ever asking for additional pledges. We are very grateful for God’s provision through  your generosity!

Last March, the building Committee presented our plans for a 24,000 sq. foot multi-purpose building.  In those presentations, we laid out the need and the plan, then asked for feedback from the Congregation. We received 286 overwhelmingly positive responses. However, there was an undercurrent running through those responses, of concern for the cost and scope of the project.
                                              “We need to grow in phases by what is needed most without creating a massive amount of debt.”
After much deliberation, the Building Committee decided to present a phased plan. The problem, of course, was that it was impossible to phase the original design. So, we redesigned and asked ourselves, “What are our most pressing needs?” Classroom space was the easy answer. But, as the conversation progressed, we realized we could address several other important deficiencies in the church with phase one.

Here are the three big things Phase I does:
1.  It provides a new Children’s Wing that is in the same building as the Sanctuary.
2.  It moves the entrance of the church to face 41and provides a covered portico for the entrance.
3.  It addresses our undersized Narthex, giving us a new gathering space. 


• Connect Phase I to the current Sanctuary building at the exit at the end of the hall on the southwest corner, and at what is currently Pastor John’s office door.
• Add 11,686sqft. of classroom, narthex, and office space, including three large, dividable classrooms.
• Provide an enclosed “Children’s Garden” that would house playground equipment in a secure enclosed area.
• Allow for the renovation of the existing office wing.
• Allow for the renovation of the existing Children’s Building. (The idea is that it would become our youth room.)15-571 EUMC Color Plan 10-26-15 copy


The cost estimates are for a $4.332 million dollar project.  

Some notes on the cost:
• One of the big issues we have wrestled with in this building project is building something so small that we will have outgrown it before we move in, or building something so big    that our whole focus is not on ministry but paying the debt.  We feel this project places us in the middle of those two extremes.
• We have $800,000 in site work that we will be required to do by the Village of Estero, Lee County, and Southwest Florida Water Management District on our property no matter what we build.  We will have minimal site costs for subsequent phases. 

Building Cost        $2,742,000.     (Building and Construction)
Site Work                $800,000.     (Sewer, Water Retention, Landscaping, Parking)
All Fees                  $350,000.      (Architect, Engineering, Impact, Permitting)
F.F.&E.                   $120,000.      (Furniture, Fixtures, And Equipment)
Renovations             $80,000.      (Renovate Existing Offices and Children’s Building)
Reno & Cont          $240,000.      (Renovations and Contingency Costs)
Total Cost          $4,332,000.


EUMC will begin a Capital Campaign this winter. 

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Click HERE to see photos of our recent groundbreaking!