Quite a bit has happened in the last month at our new facility in Winter Garden. All of the old floor tiles, drop ceiling and existing bathrooms and offices were demolished and removed (trust me, there was nothing worth saving there) leaving us with a clean slate to start new construction. The old HVAC units on the roof were tossed into the dumpster having long ago stopped working. All of the new emergency exit doors and main hallway doors on the back and side of the building were cut into the walls. Next up is a new membrane for the roof and new plumbing trenches throughout the building. Lots of prep work and planning is happening behind the scenes on everything from electrical engineering to theming for kids classrooms. Below, you’ll find a few videos and pictures to give you a window into the work that is going on. We can’t wait to open this new space as a catalyst for world change.
We have some exciting news! This past week, we officially closed on our new Route 50 Winter Garden building! We are now the proud owners of a 78,000 sq. foot box. It was almost two years ago in January 2015 that Pastors Renaut, Phil, Terry and Paul all toured the building (with masks on) to see if it might be a potential new home for us. That started months of due diligence and research until the Elders felt ready that summer to make an offer. It was accepted and we moved forward with the Get Loud Initiative in the fall of 2015. By early 2016 we had a set of drawings and soon, a building permit also, but we ran into some snags with our bank. Thankfully, through the generosity of the people of Mosaic, we were able to readily find a new bank and get back on track (with a bit of a delay). The finalization of the purchase was the last thing that needed to happen. The building is officially ours and we are ready to move forward with demolition! We’ll keep you updated with photos and news right here. If all goes well, we will be in the new building by August 2017.
If you’ve driven by the new building lately, you might have noticed that there is not much going on. We wanted to give you an update on the project. Currently, there are no construction crews, no demolition crews. Nothing. You might have thought “What’s going on here”.
There is a 78 page document that is tied to our contract that is slowing us down in the fine print. The simplest way to explain it is this, imagine that you wanted to sell one room in your house. You might want to put in writing some rules about how that room gets used. We are essentially buying a box in the middle of a development. Not unlike a room in the middle of a house. So we have this 78 page document that lays down some house rules for everyone. And that gets complicated.
It will work out. We have really good people helping us. It is moving forward. But it’s taking longer than we had hoped. We have a work permit from the City of Winter Garden. We have approved building plans. We have a general contractor. He has subcontractors lined up. We really have everything in place and ready to go. We just need to finish the last details with the lawyers and other parties involved. At this point, it is still reasonable to think that we will be in the new building by Easter. Please pray for that!
During our Get Loud Initiative, we shared that in 2016, we’ll be buying an existing building in Winter Garden, FL to renovate as a new home for our Oakland and Winter Garden campuses. We showed you some very early concept sketches and even a cool fly-through video. But it was all just guessing as we had not even met with an architect at the time. We just wanted to dream a bit.
Since October and those early layout drawings, we’ve been hard at work with our architect and builder and a carefully selected advisory team. After many meetings and lots of revisions, we are zeroing in on a design that will balance our needs and wants with our budget. We still have a few things to figure out, so these plans are not final, but they are pretty close.
Check out what the front of the building might look like::
Phase 1 will get us::
-A 1200 seat auditorium with lots of room to move. (Did you know that at most churches, the front row is not four inches from the stage?)
-Flexible Kids Ministry space for 350 children per gathering.
-A lobby that is more than four times the size of the Oakland building lobby.
-Coffee bar, bathrooms, and a small amount of admin and production space.
Note:: Phase 1 is everything within the bold white lines, phase 2 is lighter shaded areas.
Phase 2 adds::
-Additional Kids Ministry space that increases our capacity to 500 children per gathering.
-Dedicated adult education space.
-Flexible gymnasium-like space for kids and youth.
-Expanded Production and Admin areas.
-Other aspects of the project that exceed the Phase 1 budget.
Do we have a timeline?
If all goes well, we should begin meeting in our new building sometime in late fall and hopefully before
Christmas 2016, Easter 2017. All the pieces are in place for us to move quickly once we close on the building. It’s going to be an exciting year!
If you have any questions at all, please send them to Executive Pastor, Phil Taylor.