Since approximately 2007, the congregation has been aware of the building repair issues facing them. This beautiful and unique building is in need of some exterior attention.
Hastings First United Methodist Church or ‘Green Street Church’, hums with activity and community involvement. This building is central to the Hastings community. An attitude and an environment have been created by the leaders of this congregation, congregational members, and the community at large for this statement to ring true. This congregation gifts itself to the community in many ways. One significant way is through the use of the facility. The list is long and diverse of the many organizations in Hastings who depend upon this ‘open hearts, open minds, open doors’ climate.
Our reality is that part of this building is old and unique. This means accepting some of the oddities of its structure and blessing them. Probably the building – if the integrity and dignity is to be maintained – will never be easy to navigate. The light bulbs in the sanctuary will always be high and difficult to change. Steps will always be a factor. This produces frustration on several levels – expense, energy, and complication in usage – to name just a few. It is also a building to be celebrated for its most uniqueness.
In September, 2013 the decision was made to select Architects Incorporated P.C. to prepare bids for cornice and pediment sheet metal repairs for the church. Mihm Enterprises of Hamilton, Michigan was awarded the contract for the repairs. The contract was signed on October 20, 2013 for the sum of $121,745 to be dispersed in two work phases. Work began in November, 2013 and was completed June, 2014. Fundingwas provided by congregational stewardship activities; i.e., anonymous donations, sales, gifts and so on.
This cornice and pediment work, that is, the visible band that separates the dome from the lower brick work is but Phase I of what is expected to be 3 Phases.
Phase II, the actual dome shingle replacement, cleaning and repair of exterior trim, window repair and so on, has been placed on temporary hold. A more urgent need has arisen; the replacement of the leaking roof over the educational wing. Temporary repairs and patches have been made to this area to get us through the winter months of 2014/2015. Our goal is to obtain sufficient bids and funding to completely replace this room in the spring/summer of 2015.It is estimated that roof repairs will cost between $40,000 and $50,000.
On May 7, 2015, we will convene a meeting with our Dome Restoration contractor, Mihm Enterprises. Sufficient funding has been raised to begin restoration work. The updated project cost estimate is approximately $54,000. Thanks to gifts from anonymous donors, theyhave made it possible to begin this timely and much needed project!
Monday, November 2, 2015: Work on the educational wing roof has begun! Carpenter plumbing is installing the piping for the new roof drainage system. This would should be completed in a couple of days. Once the pipes have been installed, the roofers can begin the task of peeling back the old roof membrane, inspect the roof deck, remove damaged insulation, install new insulation, hook up the drainage system and apply a new roof membrane.
As the educational wing roof project gets underway, we are in the process of choosing a new roof for the dome itself. We have narrowed our focus to a couple of colors of metal roofing which should provide years of maintenance free use. This work should commence within the next couple of weeks, probably the 2nd or 3rd week of November, 2015.
Monday, May 2, 2016: The educational wing roofing has been completed and within budgeted amounts. Phase II of the dome restoration has nearly been completed with the only remaining portion, the crown work, to be installed. The last phase, Phase III of the dome project, concerns itself with replacement of the windows and casements which have been in a deteriorating condition for years. Quotes will be obtained this year and a plan put together to address this phase.
June, 2016: The roof over the dome has been completed. This concludes Phase II of the three phase project. Phase III, completion of the ‘mid-dome’ area will commence at the end of September, 2016 or the first of October, 2016.
Phase III of the dome refresh has begun as of October, 2016. New window casings, new paint and repaired trim work are currently underway. We expect the final phase to be completed by end of November, 2016.
Gifts and offerings may be made to the ‘Dome Restoration Fund’ which will be used to satisfy the cost of repairs for the Educational roof repairs and for the anticipated dome restoration.