The Board, in two different steps, approved a modified building design, recommended by the Rebuild Committee, which serves to substantially reduce the building cost while maintaining the same general appearance, spirituality, functionality, and footprint as the earlier design. The main differences include first reducing the 14,000 sq ft building to about 10,000 sq ft by eliminating the second floor class rooms, bathroom, and balcony. Instead, class rooms are now designed into the first level front section leaving generous sizing for the board room/library and office as well as the men’s and women’s bathrooms. In the second step, the width of the sanctuary was reduced from 70′ to 60′. The 70′ width was retained in the rest of the building, and the overall size was reduced to about 9,000 sq ft.
In response to Board member questions about future expansion of the building, it was pointed out that this new design enables, in some future project, the easy addition of two rooms (one perhaps a chapel) north of the sanctuary and two additional rooms west of the kitchen. This new design preserves the social hall size capable of seating 200 for dinner and dancing, catered receptions, banquets, concerts, and other forms of activities and functions, while the sanctuary, when closed, can still seat over 100 persons, and, when open to the social hall, can seat 400-500 for the High Holidays.
Jeff Shapiro, the new Rebuild Project chairman reported that demolition of the old facility began on Feb. 28, 2011. This was a delay of about 1 month due to mandated asbestos inspection in the old facility and the removal of gas lines. Because of these delays it is now doubtful that we will receive a Certificate of Occupancy in time for this year’s High Holidays. When completed, the JCC membership can enjoy the new building and plan for Bar/Bat mitzvahs, weddings, High Holidays, and other events in our own building.
Now that construction has begun, it is hoped that those JCC members who have not yet participated in the financing will make a pledge or gift so that we can report that all members are participating in this exciting project. This is also a good time for those members who are financially able to do so, to increase their support in order to help reduce the amount of money that must be borrowed to complete the project.
Update 3/6/11 kps