As a part of the celebration of our 20th anniversary as a parish the community we are looking to the future and how to best meet the needs of our growing community. One key area of need that we are addressing is the lack of space to accommodate the many ministries, groups, and activities that serve the needs of our parishioners. As any of you who spend any time here during the week know, our campus is completely booked Sunday through Thursday evenings with Christian Formation classes, Youth Ministry (TUF and FIRE), Adult Formation, Sacrament Preparation, support groups and the like. We are forced to turn away individuals and groups seeking a place to hold their activities.
The Parish Council and Finance Committee have looked into the matter and we have decided to build an addition to the current office building to meet these needs. Working with the Diocesan Office of Buildings and Properties we have engaged Adaptive Architects of Mesa and the Hansen Group Construction Management of Glendale to assist us in design and construction. We are looking to break ground sometime in early fall and construction should be completed by next May.
The addition will be a two-story structure of some 7300 sq. ft. and will include six offices, two large dividable meeting rooms (the size of the double classrooms in the hall) as well as two smaller meeting rooms. Architect renderings and floor plans accompany this letter. The building will be designed to blend into the existing campus. The total cost of the project should come in at a little less than two million dollars, of which we already have about half in savings. As you know we have no debt and since paying off the mortgage on the church we have been putting approximately $36,000 a month into our savings for this project. It is our hope to have the addition completely paid for by the time we move in.
We are not planning to have a capital campaign, in which every family is solicited for a pledge, but we are encouraging each parish family to use the green Building Fund envelopes that come in your offertory packets. You will need to decide how much to contribute to this cause. All monies donated to the Building Fund are dedicated entirely to this project and are not subject to the diocesan assessment. We will continue to allocate money from the general fund into the building fund as we have been doing.
We will be hosting a parish meeting in May to further explain the project and offer you the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about our planning for the future of St. Thomas More. Date and time will be announced later.