Building Committee Update

March 6, 2016

Pledges to the Pave the Way campaign have now exceeded $2.4 million. $619.000, or about one fourth of that total, has already been received and is being held in safe investments until it is needed. By the end of this year, more than $1 million will likely have been received, which should be more than enough to cover the costs of the parking lot renovation.

The design of the new parking lot has been the focus of the Building Committee’s attention so far, in accordance with the motion passed by the Nov 30 Church Conference.

During the process of contracting with an architect and a civil engineering firm to design and supervise the construction of the parking lot, Gregg Yanchenko, an active member of our congregation and an experienced architect, very generously offered to provide these services to the church at no cost. Thank you, Gregg!

At the Committee’s meeting on March 10, we’re looking forward to reviewing the first design proposal prepared by Gregg and the civil engineering firm with which he’s working. That firm is Hancock Associates, headquartered in Danvers with an office in Marlboro.
In January we separately contracted an engineering firm with geotechnical capabilities to dig and evaluate 10 test pits. That study provided valuable information on the composition of the soil beneath the existing pavement.

Unfortunately, the soil is not as permeable as we had hoped, which will likely limit the stormwater drainage options available. This, in turn, may limit our ability to raise the grade of the parking lot all the way up to the level of the Sanctuary entrance, as proposed in last year’s facility study. However, it will not affect our goal of raising the grade enough to provide a front entrance for all persons in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, most likely in combination with a well-designed ramp that maintains the aesthetics of the building.

A related goal of the parking lot project is to improve the drainage of the courtyard between the Sanctuary and Hawes Hall, along with enhancing the entrances to Hawes Hall and the educational wing. The Committee is working with Gregg to evaluate options for these improvements.

We hope to complete the design process, obtain the required approvals from the Town of Sudbury, present the project to a Church Conference for approval, and hire a contractor in time to begin construction in July or August.

You can keep up to date on the work of the Building Committee by visiting the Committee’s page on the SUMC website under the “Connect” menu ( There you’ll find minutes of the Committee meetings and other relevant documents, including the Committee’s meeting schedule and the names of its members, who will be happy to answer questions you might have.

Richard Morris, Building Committee Co-Chair

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