Future Development Project: Phase 1
Future Development Project
Spruce Grove Alliance Church is building a spiritual home for the people of Spruce Grove and Parkland County. To meet the needs of today, and to enable us to support our growing communities into the future.
Read the background behind this project here.
As of September 1, 2020 we have raised $3.65 million to support the redevelopment of Spruce Grove Alliance Church: $2.65 million in cash and gifts in kind, and $1 million in pledges.
Thank you to all who have faithfully given!
The new build, along with site improvements, is currently budgeted to cost $6 million. We are committed to raising 2/3 ($4 million) of the total project costs before beginning construction of the new Christian Education Centre. We will be able to borrow the remaining 1/3 ($2 million) through the Alliance District.
As of September 1, 2020 we require $350,000.00 in cash, pledges and gifts in kind to complete our fundraising requirements.
It is our hope that with the continued dedication of our volunteers and construction team, we will come in under that anticipated $6 million budget. And through faithful giving, that we will raise the full amount of the build before the project is complete. This means reduced – or even no - debt when the Education Centre opens!
On September 13 we kicked off a five-week campaign, with the goal of meeting our fundraising target by Thanksgiving. Achieving our target in October will allow us to move confidently towards beginning construction of our Christian Education Centre when the ground thaws, with the goal of completing construction and opening the building to ministry activities in the fall of 2022.
If you haven’t done so already, please prayerfully consider what you are able to give to this project. You can give now, or fill out a pledge form to indicate your intentions for future giving so we can move forward knowing what funds will be available.
In February, 2019 the Elders’ Board approved a $750,000 budget to begin the preliminary work required to prepare our site for the new build, with the goal of being ready to begin construction of the Christian Education Centre as soon as our fundraising goals are met. This included utility upgrades, exterior site upgrades and changes required to the interior of the current building. A development permit was submitted to the city, and the team began gathering bids for the proposed work.
The COVID-19 pandemic has allowed our construction team to complete more work than was initially anticipated during this season, as they do not need to be concerned about disrupting regular church programs. Renovations are messy: there is dirt and mud; parking is disrupted; and unexpected challenges arise.
But without many people in the building the team has been able to:
- Renovate the maintenance area
- Remove the interior walls in the gymnasium storage and maintenance room and construct a new wall, complete with door, to isolate the construction area from the active use space
- Relocate the 25,000-volt power line along our west property boundary, in coordination with Fortis
- Cut the floor in the maintenance space and excavate for the elevator shaft and building foundations for the new building
- Complete foundations inside the existing building for the structure and the elevator, along with the elevator shaft walls up to the existing floor level
- Pour the foundation for the new sign
- Install new parking lot lighting – both for security, and to improve the curb appeal of the church
- Install a new Cross
- Remove the trees on the construction site
- Begin to upgrade the church exterior, such as staining to protect the building and improve curb appeal
At their June meeting the Elder’s Board approved the construction team’s continued work to prepare for the future build. This will include paving the church parking lot – a long overdue project that we are very excited to announce will begin this fall! Details of this work will continue to be shared over the coming weeks and months.
All of this work will be completed within the $750,000 budget approved by the Board. This is in large part due to the work of our volunteer construction team: thanks to their dedication, some of this work is being done with only the costs of supplies.