Building Visioning Update

“Warm, Safe and Dry” Research Continues

Landscape Architects Hired for Concept Devleopment

The Building Vision committee has been working over the last year to take action in response to congregational guidance regarding changes to the church building and grounds.  In 2011 we completed a series of four congregational meetings, from which Parie Hines, a member of the committee and professional architect created a “program document.”  This document compiled and organized goals and desires reflected in the congregational meetings for the interior and exterior of the building.  Major themes that emerged from the congregational meetings and were included in the program document are:

 – Our building as a place for spiritual journey.  Participants from the congregation wanted to incorporate art and nature into the building, to maintain and enhance the experience of sacred spaces, to create a sense of journey into worship and to support spiritual growth.  We want the building to be a strong center for children and youth.

 – Our building as a center of openness.  Participants said they want All Pilgrims to appear more welcoming, open and transparent both externally and internally.  We are seeking a more welcoming entrance, a central cozy gathering space, and a more welcoming green space on Broadway.  We want to welcome the community! 

Early in 2012, the Building Vision committee used this program document to engage a consulting organization to help us consider options for the building.  We contracted with Ally Community Development LLC, whose principals are Matthew Horwitz and Phillipa Nye. 

Matthew and Phillipa’s initial scope of work has been focused on what the committee calls “Warm, Safe and Dry.”  This addresses preliminary seismic (earthquake) reinforcements, fixing our roof and determining the most cost-effective means to heat the building.  Flashy stuff, we know.   They are currently gathering sufficient information to conduct a pre-permitting meeting with the City of Seattle to find out what our legal obligations are as we prepare to make changes in the building.

You may have noticed small holes in many of our walls.  These are part of the research that Matthew and Philippa have conducted, involving work with a general contractor and a variety of specialists on the mechanical, electrical, structural, plumbing and other factors of the building.   This process has taken longer than we had hoped, but it is in service of finding the most cost-effective approach going forward.

With a desire to act more quickly on the congregation’s interest in being a “center of openness,” the committee expanded Ally’s scope in December to include research on landscape design for our green space and grounds.  We solicited bids for landscape design consulting and selected Barker Landscape Architects to help us develop concepts for our green space.

In order to become a center of openness, we will be seeking to engage stakeholder groups from our Capitol Hill neighborhood in helping us to explore design concepts.  Our green space must be designed to serve All Pilgrims’ objectives first.  However, one of our primary needs is to be of service and ministry to those around us.  As a result, we are likely to invite key stakeholders into a series of collaborative planning meetings in the first half of 2013.

We will announce dates in the process shortly.  2013 will be a time of more visible activity in the congregation concerning the building.  We look forward to talking with you and imagining our future together.

To review All Pilgrims’ “Program Document” with compiled feedback from the congregation please visit the Building Vision blog.   The blog also contains documentation of all the congregation meetings and discussions that led to the Program’s development.

Questions?  Please contact Kathleen Hosfeld.