Where does it go?
Building a church to serve a community is not cheap. The city requires permits before any construction of any structure. These permits costs thousands of dollars and require constant approvals, changes, and re-submissions. With each re-submission, the city again reevaluates the planned designs and either approves them or sends them back for more edits. Certain height requirements, noise level, pollution level, as well as electrical and sewage lines are all planned in these early stages. These plans take many years to complete and are very costly. There are even permits required to remove or demolish existing structures. These costs are besides the actual construction of the church itself.
The land and the plans must also be inspected to see whether or not a church is suitable in that specific area. To see how sewage will drain properly and if it will create any issue with the surrounding areas.
By the grace of God, we are close to completing this stage in the development process and will be submitting the documents and plans to the city as time approaches.
Is it really that expensive?
Simply put. Yes. These are just some of the items that the city must approve before any construction
- Inspection of fabricators
- Steel construction
- Concrete construction
- Masonry construction
- Wood construction
- Soil and foundation construction
- Driven‐deep foundation
- Cast‐in‐place deep foundation
- Helical pile foundation
- Special inspection for seismic resistance
- Testing and qualification for seismic resistance
- Spray fire‐resistant material
- Mastic and intumescent fire‐resistant coating
- Exterior insulation and finish system (EIFS)
- Smoke control system
Special inspection could also be required for proposed work that is, in the opinion of the Building Official, unusual in its nature.
Other inspections include Use and Occupancy classifications, Types of Construction, Fire and Smoke Protection Features,and Roof Assemblies and Structures.
This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, rather to show some of the inspections and permits that are required before any building.
So once we have all the permits, we can build. Right?
Yes and no. After all of the permits are submitted to the city, the city usually takes several months to approve them. If they send them back, then we must edit the plans and resubmit all of the required documents once-more. (We have many engineers and architects working on the plans who are familiar with the city building codes and the inspection process which will aid in getting the plans approved in a timely manner. However despite this, it is possible that plans will require re-submission.) If the plans are approved by the city and the inspections are all in order then we can commence building. To many, this is the most exciting part. However, building incurs its own costs as well.
How can I help?
First and foremost we ask for your prayers. Nothing can be done with any amount of money without the grace of God and without prayers. Secondly, we ask that you give us your blessing and come visit us at our local parish in our current building. Meet our priest. Talk to our youth. Finally, we ask if you could donate any amount to this church project. Even $1. Yes! Even $1.
“For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them.”