October 2021 New Building Team News:

There has been lots of progress in the last month. If you have a chance to drive by the campus you’ll see a beautiful blue shingled roof on the sanctuary that exactly matches the annex building. We are planning to match the siding in the three gable ends of the annex with that on the sanctuary. The ‘look’ of our campus will then have a unified architectural feel.

Our new sanctuary is taking shape!

Siding and windows will be added in early October, along with the exterior doors. The outside surrounding cement sidewalks will be poured and the columns on the porches installed to support the roof overhangs. So, you will soon be able to actually see what our beautiful church will look like! The New Building Team is getting excited and we hope you are too!

Inside, the FFC (Furnishing and Finishing Committee) has had several meetings with the decorator and have selected the exterior brick finish and siding colors. They have also created the pallette for the interior colors, as well as all the other items including chairs and the carpet for the stage, are nearing final approval.

The electric and audio visual system wiring, and the rough in plumbing are scheduled to be completed by the time you receive this newsletter. The HVAC duct work and insulating of walls will be starting soon.

We have reworked the design of the audio and visual system and placement of the screen. The Worship Committee and NBT has elected to put a solid, white wall with a special audio visual screen paint in the center of the sanctuary instead of hanging screens from the ceiling. This will provide for better viewing because of the increased distance between the front rows of chairs and the projected images. The FFC is working on the designs for the exterior of the bump out.

As always, construction issues turn up that are worked out between the NBT and contractor, and that’s the main reason for the NBT to lead the way. Fortunately, Smithson is very cooperative, helpful and problem solving focused when issues come up. So far, this is one well-built church!

September 2021 New Building Team News:

First off – congratulations to the NBT for a well-received August 8 church service!
Now, back to the news…
It’s hard to recognize the 2900 site. Walls and sheathing are giving shape to the new sanctuary. A large forklift and construction crane should be onsite or en route to aid the workers raising the trusses for the approximately 30-foot high roof!

Trusses are going up and sheathing continues


Meetings were held by the Furnishing and Finishing Committee (FFC) with the interior decorator/consultant. With the consultants’ guidance, the FFC will choose the color palette for the exterior and interior of the building. The exterior must be decided first since the exterior is well underway to being closed in and under roof. We plan to be weather-tight by very early September.


September should be seeing a nearly finished sanctuary exterior shell. The interior work will begin with HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and all the things that will lead us to completing the campus before the end of this year.


There are a few (there are always a few ongoing) items with regard to the Annex and keeping the operation going for the entire campus. After the sanctuary exterior is completed we will carry the exterior colors and ‘look’ over to the annex as much as possible for continuity on our campus.


All of the members of the NBT send a ‘Welcome to our home’ to Rev. Michelle Ma. She had a short tour of the Annex in late August. The NBT is looking forward to an in-depth tour and meeting with Rev. Michelle to share our plans for the campus completion and listen to any ideas for fleshing out our project.
Respectfully submitted,
Dan Phillips

August 2021 New Building Team News:

Last month we all had our spirits lifted by the start of work at 2900 Bridges. The slab is now complete and waiting for the carpenters to start framing the building. The framing was put on hold for two weeks to give our roof truss builder time to catch up with his backlog of orders. We are told the roof trusses are being built and our general contractor now feels confident in starting the building frame. The reason that the trusses need to be on-site and ready to install as soon as the walls are in place is for stability. There is no good way to keep the walls up without the roof trusses in place to tie everything together. Especially here on the coast.
Robert, manager for our project, will be at one of our early August meetings along with an interior design specialist. The NBT will meet with Robert for our monthly construction status update and to talk over the latest issues concerning the construction. We usually have a few questions or requests for Robert. It is amazing how many little things are involved to make this building the way we all want it to be.
The Fixtures and Furnishing Committee will meet with the interior design person to go over color schemes. They will be tying everything together. What is the best color for each of the rooms? What will the base color scheme be for the floor color and color for the (almost) soundproof folding door/partition between the sanctuary and social hall? And let’s not forget the kitchen countertop, restroom partitions, and other items that I don’t even know about. The FFC has its hands full.
By the end of August, we hope to have a recognizable building on site. The months to finish can be counted on the fingers of one hand.
On Sunday, August 8 members of your NBT will give our church service. Respectfully submitted,
Dan Phillips

July 2021 New Building Team News:

If you have not gone by 2900 Bridges St since the June Newsletter, you are in for a surprise! By now the slab has been poured and we have a footprint of our new Sanctuary. Visible progress is being made on a weekly basis. We hope the slide show during the annual meeting gave you a good idea of what the building will look like, inside and out, when completed.

smoothing the concrete

We feel that we’re off to a good start and barring really bad weather, (I won’t say the H****cane word), we have a good feeling for a timely and safe construction through the summer to get under roof and weather tight. There will be some minor construction taking place in the Annex, but for the most part this building is available for some meetings.

Evening meetings should have no problem with parking. Small meetings are OK for hours when construction is taking place since we can’t block the construction area or vehicles that are in our small parking lot. Parking across the street in the shopping center is one option. Parking in the Salvation Army lot will be permitted for Sunday service but our agreement with the Salvation Army does not permit parking when the Store is open Monday thru Saturday.
That being said, Welcome to the Annex!

Respectfully submitted, Dan Phillips

June 2021 New Building Team News:

Last month I noted the contractor has begun to remove the old building.  Really, no fooling, it should be gone by the time you read this June News. [Look HERE to see that this is true!]  We’ve had about two weeks of wrinkles including an NC State asbestos permit.  And of course, there was that pesky gas shortage which caused our contractor to cancel sending heavy equipment to our site until a reasonably stable gas supply is possible.

We are now meeting in person in the Annex for our NBT meetings and, although several rooms are filled with ‘stuff’ for the Sanctuary; there are two rooms available for meetings.  We are proceeding with the fence project.  You may
remember this was started in 2019.  The permit request for this first building project started the avalanche of surveyors, lawyers, contractors, engineering firms and MHC Building Code/Permit officers paperwork. We even managed to get the NCDOT involved in our effort to do the best possible for UCF.

You all know the bell was sold and removed in the summer of 2019.  But we’ve saved the brick sign along Bridges St.  The contractor will make sure the sign is not removed and MHC is allowing us to keep the existing sidewalk on Bridges St, instead of spending a lot of money for new sidewalks.

We plan to show everyone a tour of sorts at the annual meeting.  This will show a representation of how we expect the building to look with most furnishings installed.  It will not be exact colors, appliance models, etc. 
It will give a good idea of how things are going to fit together. 
You don’t want to miss this meeting.

May 2021 New Building Team News:

Ah, that age old question, “Who let the dogs out?”, or to paraphrase, who took the siding off? I’m talking about the building at 2900 Bridges St, of course! The contractor has begun to remove the old building. After more than two years of your NBT promising a safe and secure sanctuary, only a few nail-biting months to go, and our well-designed and aesthetically pleasing building and entire site will be completed.


Well, that’s the plan.
But really, we (the NBT) feel we’ve dotted all the I’s and crossed another letter so that the rest of this project will be mostly downhill. Some of the last items on our checklist are being worked on by subcommittees, such as color of paint for inside and the type of plants for outside.


Just so you know, we don’t actually have a checklist. All this stuff we’ve been doing we’ve done with the end goal in mind. A place where we can gather in fellowship safely. Most of the in-between steps presented themselves as either opportunities or obstacles to turn into opportunities.
So far, so good.


By the way, have you heard about the “surprise” tour at the annual meeting? Pass it on.
Respectfully submitted,
Dan Phillips