Truly welcoming all who enter our building is not limited to mobility issues. In the changing Michigan weather, the ability to control internal air temperature is essential to creating a comfortable and safe environment for all who enter the building, and all who hope to participate fully in the life of the parish and our many community events. During the summer months some parishioners are not able to attend worship services due to the lack of air conditioning, and scheduling activities and meetings of all types during hot weather is a major challenge. The extreme fluctuations in temperature in the sanctuary are also a threat to the pipe organ. At the same time, we need to address the legacy of an outdated and inefficient boiler. The boiler, which is original to the sanctuary construction in 1958, is well past its useful life, is inefficient and unreliable, and in recent years has been very costly to maintain and repair.
The goal of the Hospitality Project is to install a new heating and cooling system to provide much more efficient, reliable and consistent comfort. What is proposed is a new gas fired heat-pump system that will vastly increase the efficiency of the entire system during heating seasons. It also gives us the opportunity, with the same centralized system, to provide very cost effective cooling in the sanctuary, the chapel, and Jatho Hall. This new central plant will also give us the foundation to potentially provide cooling to other areas of the building in the future.
View of the new entrance vestibule from the parking lot.