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Watch our Groundbreaking Celebration here!

On Sept. 6, 2020, we celebrated the kick-off of the construction with a groundbreaking ceremony. We give thanks for everyone who has helped us reach this exciting moment!

 

 

 

It's an exciting time as we Build Together for the Next 50 Years!

 

Through your contributions to the Building Together Capital Campaign, we are able to

  • Address deferred maintenance by renovating our facilities for ministry.
  • Improve our facilities for ministry with new gathering spaces, better technology, accessibility, traffic flow and campus consolidation to open spaces for future revenue.
  • Expand our mission with increased commitment to local and international mission efforts.

 

 

Read more about our plans     Watch our project kick-off video     How can I give?

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is working on the Capital Project?

We have a fantastic, dedicated team of individuals working diligently on National’s behalf to bring our dream to reality.

  • Capital Project Steering Committee (CPSC): John Neely (Chair); Mary Jo Pera (Vice Chair), John Lawlah, Susie Westrup, Diane Stewart (our Facilities Director, and a licensed architect), David Renwick (Senior Pastor / ex officio).

  • Architect, Beyer Blinder Belle (BBB): BBB has vast experience in in restoring, revitalizing, and reusing historic buildings and sites and served NPC as the architect during the Facilities Master Planning process. BBB’s Project Manager is Jennie Gwin.  Jennie has over 10 years of experience in architecture, historic preservation and adaptive re-use. Jennie is active in her PC(USA) Presbyterian church, currently serving as an Elder, and understands our polity and process.

  • General Contractor (GC), MCN Build: MCN Build is a local firm that served as the GC for the successful 2015 National Presbytery School renovation project – bringing that project in under budget and on time!  We believe they understand the complexity of our campus and have great experience in DC, including a recent successful renovation of Murch Elementary, one of our neighbor DC elementary schools. 

  • Owners Representative, Requity Real Estate Group: Bill Krokowski and Chris Regan each have 30+ years of real estate development and executive management experience and will provide design and construction oversight.

  • Civil Engineering Firm, Wiles Mensch Corporation (WMC): WMC has worked with the leading architectural firms, real estate developers, and general contractors throughout DC for over 30 years.

Does this project prevent improvements from occurring years from now?

No. Our project does not impede improvements or development on our property down the road. In fact, the present project fits into our final Facilities Master Plan for the future modification and enhancement of our church building and campus.

What are the key components of the construction project?

There are several significant components . . .  

·       A new entrance close to the parking lot which leads to two new elevators.

·       New Garden Rooms and interior rooms (including library) on Mezzanine level, and a landscaped fountain area.

·       New central stair to unify the building on all three levels.

·       Deferred maintenance (heating, cooling, organ, etc.) and IT upgrades.

 

The May 19, 2019 congregational meeting video offers a good overview to the major components of our capital project.  

 

Watch our project kick-off video

 

How can I receive the latest construction news?

Throughout the year, we plan to update the congregation through photos, videos and newsletters.  Our goal is publish a monthly newsletter which you can read online.  If you haven’t already joined our email list, please do! 

 

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Has the general contractor determined in what order our project improvements will be prioritized?

MCN Build has been working with our Owner’s Rep and the Capital Project Steering Committee (CPSC) to determine the best sequence of construction elements to minimize program impacts while maximizing construction efficiency.  We will be announcing the phases via our newsletter and other broadcast means.  We know that the plan calls for installing the two new elevators before removing the old one.  A primary goal is to ensure availability of the Sanctuary throughout the construction period.

When will the construction project be completed?

Our major construction project is scheduled to be completed within 12-15 months – so by Summer 2021 -- however, we’ll have additional projects to finish after that.  For example, organ re-leathering must occur in an environment that is as “dust-free” as possible, which means that major construction must be completed before that project can even begin.

Will the Church building ever have to close down completely?

Yes. It will take approximately one week to change out the existing 50-year-old electrical switch gear – the interface between the utility company and the church.  Currently that’s scheduled for October, and while it should not impact Sunday worship, we’ll have back-up plans in place in case that project takes longer than expected.

Since we don’t know how social interactions will be in the near future, should we still plan to add space?

New gathering space in the main building is essential in order to unify as much of our Sunday operations as possible in the Main building. This will open up the rest of the campus for potential income opportunities (as per the Strategic Plan and the Facilities Master Plan) in the future, and for locating the staff offices closer together. Further, these new spaces provide rooms that are of a size and beauty that we presently do not have, making our campus more flexible, user-friendly and accessible.

What can I do to help?

Pray!  Give thanks for our donors.  Pray for new donors.  Pray for our staff.  Pray for our Capital Project volunteers.  Pray for wisdom and discernment for our architects, contractors, and consultants. And, most importantly, pray that the improvements to our facilities will be a blessing to our church family and enable us to better share the good news of Jesus Christ.

I have a question about the Capital Project . . .

We’d love to hear from you.  Please email the Capital Project Steering Committee at BuildingTogether@NationalPres.org.

Meet our Capital Campaign Mission Partners

Young Life South DC

Young Life works to introduce adolescents to Christ and help them grow in their faith. 

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Little Lights

Little Lights’ spaces provide a safe, engaging, Christ-focused haven from the challenges of a difficult neighborhood. 

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Evangelical Philadelphia Nazaraene Marka Church

The church and school witness to Christ among neighbors in desperate need of love and connection.

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The National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL)

The Synod of Syria and Lebanon has set up a network of Christian schools with a Syrian curriculum to serve the refugees and offer hope.

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International Association for Refugees – Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya

International Association for Refugees is a Christian ministry that supports local church initiatives in worship, education, shelter, hygiene, and evangelism.

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A Prayer for our Capital Campaign

Gracious God, our Creator and giver of all life.  We praise you for the generous gifts that have been given for this Capital Campaign.  Help us to be good stewards of every gift.  You have blessed this congregation for 50 years and we pray that the witness will grow in the next 50 years.  We ask for your continued guidance as decisions are made and contracts are signed, and the work begins.  Bestow patience and wisdom on all who lead us.  Open our eyes to the power of the Gospel to transform our  time, talent and treasure.  We desire to pass on the message of your boundless grace, love and peace throughout our church, community and world.  In the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen. 

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