One of the first steps in the construction project will be the demolition of our current interior staircase. Using our exterior staircase will ensure we continue to have access to the offices, sanctuary, and classrooms. That staircase currently serves the emergency exit at the front of the sanctuary, and some minor improvements will make it better suited to its temporary purpose.
Indoors, the contractor can provide a temporary wall on the north side of the sanctuary that will enable us to continue to use the space during their construction. Once the contractor has completed their portion of the work, we will have a working elevator, a new staircase, and new doors on the north side of the sanctuary in place before we begin the volunteer portion of the remodeling.
We have worked creatively through the COVID-19 pandemic to host events in alternate locations or on alternate platforms, and could build on that flexibility during the construction project if we need to host events outside of the sanctuary.