Wednesday, January 10, 2018

How many consultants does it take to remodel the Fellowship?

Several members of the Building Committee and Rich, our architect from Barrett Studios, spent 4 hours on Tuesday meeting with members of the Administration Team and the Sanctuary Team to review and discuss the latest iteration of the plans for the remodeling/building project.  Good progress was made in beginning to finalize the plans for those 2 areas.  
 
In addition, meetings with the School of the Spirit and Hospitality/Memorials are scheduled for later in the month.
 
Ever wonder how many consultants it takes to remodel and build on to the Fellowship?  Here they are so far:
  • Architect:  Barrett Studios, architectural firm, a Boulder firm
  • Builder:  Faurot Construction, a Boulder firm
  • Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing (MEP): firm has not been officially hired yet, but will probably be on board as of the beginning of next week.
  • Soil:  Soils Engineering: Scott, Cox & Associates, a Boulder firm
  • Asbestos:  Asbestos Testing: Boulder Environmental Inc., a Boulder firm
  • Surveying: Ehrhart Land Surveying, a Lafayette firm
  • Civil Engineering: Osborn Engineering, a Denver firm
  • Landscape Architecture: R Designs, a Denver firm
  • Acoustics & Sound Design: Soundpost Acoustics, a Longmont firm
Rich, our architect, has had several informative meetings with officials of the City of Lafayette; Planning, Zoning, Building and Fire, etc..

Friday, December 29, 2017

Happy New Year's News!

The Building Committee met last Thursday night for our bi-monthly meeting.  We are very pleased to report that the builder whom we had chosen has accepted our invitation to build and remodel the Fellowship.  So, now we can make a revealing announcement:

The name of the builder is (drum roll):

of Boulder

Some of the reasons that we chose Faurot to build and remodel our building are:
  • They have lots of experience:  A few of their projects include:  Clínica Family Health Services, Upslope Brewery, Rallysport Health and Fitness Club and Vic's Express. 
Okay, so you might be saying to yourself, that's pretty good, a clinic, a brewery, a health club and a coffee shop.  But what about a church? Have they ever built a church?  Do they know how to build a church?
  • The answer is yes.  Would you believe that Faurot is building and remodeling the First Universalist Church of Denver?  They are almost finished with the work and Faurot receives high praise indeed from 1st U of Denver, for their work.
 And what about our architects, Barrett Studios?  Will they work well with Faurot?
  • Yes, we're pretty sure that they will, since Barrett Studios was the architectural firm contracted by the First Universalist Church to work with Faurot.
Your Building Committee has worked hard the last few months doing "due diligence": interviewing and re-interviewing builders, checking references, talking with prior clients, emailing, phone calling, etc.  We feel confident that we have found the best builder for our project.  We hope you agree.

Wishing you all the best of a Happy New Year!





 



Friday, December 15, 2017

Houston - We have liftoff!

Wow!  A busy week for your Building Committee.

  1. On Thursday night, at their bi-weekly meeting, the committee discussed and voted on a builder for the remodeling and expansion project.  The vote was a unanimous 7-0 for one of the builders.  After a few courtesy calls to inform all parties involved of our decision, we will reveal the name of our builder.
  2. Our architectural firm, Barrett Studio, has engaged a landscaping expert and a civil engineer.  Members of the committee spent time with them on Tuesday, walked the property and brainstormed ideas.  We're very please with both of these additions to our team. Barrett will also engage an acoustician* to make sure that the acoustics in the new sanctuary are of the highest quality. (*Join a Fellowship committee... learn new words... increase your vocabulary.)
  3. Members of the committee have also been meeting with a local realtor to generate ideas for our transition time.  During construction, we will need to move the services of the Fellowship office to another site for 6-10 months.  The realtor is looking for a site that is close, perhaps in downtown Lafayette.  The committee also is looking for a local site for Sunday services, School of the Spirit, and various other committee meetings during the transition time.
We're excited about the progress on our Fellowship project ... even though it sometimes seems to us like we're turtles slogging through molasses!  

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Due Diligence

Due diligence:  
  • The care that a reasonable person exercises to avoid harm to their property.  
  • Research and analysis of a company in preparation for a business transaction.  
    • Merriam-Webster.

Your Building Committee spent last Thursday's meeting exercising due diligence as we continue to try to obtain the best builder for our expansion/remodeling project.  We have spent many hours interviewing different companies, paring down the choices.  We are very close and thought that we would select our builder at the last meeting.  However, we had some questions for one of the builders, so we requested an additional interview with the on-site superintendent.  After the interview, we were not able to come to a unanimous vote as there were some additional questions regarding submitted bids, references, etc.  So, exercising due diligence, we will spend an additional 2 weeks researching these builders.  

We're very close to choosing our builder, but we must be 100% sure that we've chosen the correct one. 

We'll announce our choice as soon as we have finished our due diligence.

1. General: Measure of prudence, responsibility, and diligence that is expected from, and ordinarily exercised by, a reasonable and prudent person under the circumstances.
2. Business: Duty of a firm's directors and officers to act prudently in evaluating associated risks in all transactions.
3. Investing: Duty of the investor to gather necessary information on actual or potential risks involved in an investment.
4. Negotiating: Duty of each party to confirm each other's expectations and understandings, and to independently verify the abilities of the other to fulfill the conditions and requirements of the agreement.

Read more: http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/due-diligence.html
1. General: Measure of prudence, responsibility, and diligence that is expected from, and ordinarily exercised by, a reasonable and prudent person under the circumstances.
2. Business: Duty of a firm's directors and officers to act prudently in evaluating associated risks in all transactions.
3. Investing: Duty of the investor to gather necessary information on actual or potential risks involved in an investment.
4. Negotiating: Duty of each party to confirm each other's expectations and understandings, and to independently verify the abilities of the other to fulfill the conditions and requirements of the agreement.

Read more: http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/due-diligence.html
1. General: Measure of prudence, responsibility, and diligence that is expected from, and ordinarily exercised by, a reasonable and prudent person under the circumstances.
2. Business: Duty of a firm's directors and officers to act prudently in evaluating associated risks in all transactions.
3. Investing: Duty of the investor to gather necessary information on actual or potential risks involved in an investment.
4. Negotiating: Duty of each party to confirm each other's expectations and understandings, and to independently verify the abilities of the other to fulfill the conditions and requirements of the agreement.

Read more: http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/due-diligence.html