Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
In 2004, the Session of our church authorized an in-depth study of the church's goals and needs for the future. This study, known as the Mosaic Project, resulted in a number of recommendations for action to sustain and enhance our church's ability to efficiently and effectively carry on its ministries and missions.
One of the initiatives coming out of the Mosaic Project was for the development of a comprehensive plan for the utilization of our church campus. A team of individuals including experienced architects, space planners and builders worked for two years on this project, ultimately producing a Campus Master Plan. The goals of the Campus Master Plan are to address critical facilities issues, to make the church campus more welcoming and user-friendly for young families and to strengthen the bonds of our church community by providing a meeting place for informal interactions centered around our Sanctuary. This plan has been approved by Session.
Campus Master Plan
What is the Campus Master Plan for our church?
The Campus Master Plan envisions a transformation of our church's physical plant, i.e., the buildings and related amenities, that will take place in phases over a period of 10 to 12 years. While this document includes questions and answers on the Campus Master Plan and each of its development phases, the emphasis is on Phase 1.
The Campus Master Plan will involve the construction of new buildings and related facilities to meet critical current needs and our future outreach to our community and our world. The Plan will be carried out in phases:
- Replace the existing nursery and Calvin Hall with a new Children's Ministries Center.
- Relocate the pre-school to the lower level of the existing Ministry Center.
- Relocate the Hispanic congregation to the existing Junior and Senior High Center.
- Relocate the Junior and Senior High Center to Debin Hall.
- Demolish Calvin Hall and the existing nursery/pre-school facilities.
- Create a park on the site of Calvin Hall and the existing nursery/pre-school.
- Build a new Chapel and expanded Worship Center on the northwest corner of the Sanctuary.
- Create a circular traffic flow around the Sanctuary and add about 18 more parking spaces.
- Time Frame: 2010 to 2013
- Estimated Cost: $12,000,000
- Build a new Ministry Center.
- Build a new Student Ministries Center.
- Build a new Family Center.
- Remodel and expand the existing Sanctuary.
- Time Frame: 2016 to 2020
- Estimated Cost: $20,000,000
What is the amount of square footage dedicated to each ministry?
The square footage of each of the planned facilities is set out below:
- Children's Ministries Center (2 levels) 17,000 sq.ft.
- Chapel and expanded Worship Center (1 level) 3,800 sq.ft.
- Student Ministries Center (2 levels) 9,200 sq.ft.
- Family Center (1 level above Student Ministries Center) 9,800 sq.ft.
- Ministry Center (2 levels) 12,800 sq.ft.
- Sanctuary Addition 3,000 sq.ft.
Does the Campus Master Plan construction phasing represent our stated priorities?
Yes. Our most critical near term priority of serving children and families is achieved as well as our priority of providing new and improved facilities for our Pre-School and our Hispanic congregation. Furthermore, when Children's Ministries are consolidated in the Children's Ministries Center, rooms below Debin Hall will be transitioned into multi-purpose use.
What are the priorities embodied in Phase 1?
Our first priority is to meet the needs of our children, students, and families. Calvin Hall and the nursery/pre-school are about 60 years old. Both will be replaced in Phase 1.
What is the difference in square footage between our current facilities and the new facilities?
Our Children's Ministries are currently using approximately 8,934 sq.ft. of space in Calvin Hall, the pre-school building, and lower Debin Hall. All of the existing programs will be moved into the new Children's Ministries Center for a total addition of approximately 8,000 sq.ft. devoted to infants, toddlers and children through sixth grade.
What is the Chapel and Expanded Worship Center?
A new Chapel and expanded Worship Center (for weddings and memorial services), including a choir rehearsal facility, will be a welcoming entry on the northwest corner of our Sanctuary at Stevens Avenue and Lomas Santa Fe. The new Chapel, like our other facilities, will be available to both our congregation and the community. The Chapel and expanded Worship Center is in Phase 1, not because it is our highest priority, but because regulatory approvals, construction flow, and construction costs are positively impacted by including this element in Phase 1.
What will the new Ministry Center be?
The new Ministry Center will become the staff office space. The old staff offices (the current Ministry Center) will be converted to a new pre-school and expanded facilities for our growing Hispanic congregation.
Which of our current facilities will be retained?
Our Campus Master Plan includes retention of the existing Sanctuary complex, Debin Hall, the existing Junior and Senior High Centers and the existing Ministry Center.
Who benefits the most from Phase 1 of the Campus Master Plan?
Clearly children and young families! Infants and toddlers get a new, code compliant and safe facility. Pre-school and elementary school children get a new and much improved facility. Children from infancy to sixth grade are relocated from the oldest to the newest facilities on our campus.
Why We Are Building
What is the missional basis for building?
We are blessed to have strategically located property from which we can serve our community. Our church campus serves as a bridge to the local community and a launching pad for our many ministries and missions. These blessings would not have been possible, however, without the strong faith of the generations of our congregation who came before. They believed in the need for a church to serve the needs of the local community. They wanted to spread God's word in the community in which they belonged. We have been the beneficiaries of their stewardship of the resources with which they were blessed.
As we reach out to future generations, we seek to use our resources to attract and serve young families and their children. Phase 1 of the Campus Master Plan focuses on the need to replace our existing facilities used by our pre-school and children in our Sunday school program from kindergarten through sixth grade with up-to-date classrooms and meeting places. Phase 1 also includes a new Children's Ministries Center for infants and toddlers, which will give new parents comfort that they can bring their infants and toddlers to our church and entrust them to the care of those who work in the new infant and toddler building.
We demonstrate our belief in our mission now and in the future by building for future generations. We ground our missional orientation with an outreach to our local community, which will be enhanced by our new facilities.
Why are we building now?
There is a critical need to replace our existing facilities for our children, including infants and toddlers and children in our Sunday school classes from kindergarten through sixth grade. We want to reach the next generations of children, students and young families in our community, and provide a dynamic campus for future generations. We believe that our campus is a launching pad for ministry...a place to gather and to be sent back into our community and world.
How do our facilities help us with our missional impact and outreach in the local community?
Our facilities serve as a vibrant community resource that attracts many without a current church home to our church campus and, hopefully, to our faith.
Our Sunday school attracts about 450 children per week. Their parents are intentionally engaged in the ministry of our church.
MOPS (mothers of pre-schoolers), with about 100 mothers and their pre-school children, attend bi-weekly Friday morning sessions. It is estimated that about 25% of the participants do not have a church home. Many of our new members come from MOPS.
Our pre-school serves over 200 children on a daily/weekly basis. Our church serves as a magnet to those families without a current church home.
Mature Adult Ministries (we are the Senior Center for the City of Solana Beach), attracts 150-200 participants on a weekly basis. About 50% are not members of our church community.
Casa De Amistad attracts about 200 students and 120 tutor volunteers per week. About 85% of the students are not otherwise "connected" to our church.
Kids Games attracted 700 participants in June 2010. It is estimated that 25% of the families are not a part of a church community.
Our Hispanic Ministry attracts about 110 individuals to our campus every Sunday and the best is yet to come.
We are the North County campus for Reality Changers. In 2010, 30 students and 18 tutors use our facilities to change lives.
Our facilities house the North County leadership for both Inter-Varsity (bringing college students to Christ) and Young Life (bringing Junior and Senior High School students to Christ).
We estimate that 30% of the youth in our Senior High program come from families without a church home.
Community Bible Study (CBS) brings about 250 women to our church campus each week, many of whom are not members of our congregation.
We estimate that 35% of the youth who participate in our Junior High Program come from families without a current church home.
Our facilities become a potential new home to over a thousand "visitors" who attend our concerts and services during the Christmas and Easter season.
Each year, our chapel and our Sanctuary are used by several thousand in the community for weddings and funerals.
We share facilities and parking resources with Santa Fe Christian, Skyline Elementary and Earl Warren Middle School.
We host occasional community wide City of Solana Beach functions at Debin Hall.
While we definitely need the new facilities for our Children's Ministry, are we being good stewards of God's money? Perhaps we would better serve God by building a hospital in Africa or providing new forms of worship outreach (e.g., store front ministry centers).
Since the Mosaic Project, the Session and the congregation have identified the need for "Transformed Lives" - ours and others - with an improved church campus concept. Alternatives such as selling our current property and relocating the entire campus to a new location have been studied and eliminated. The current, approved Campus Master Plan reflects the vision of our church as defined by the Mosaic Project.
How We Will Pay For Implementation
What is the projected cost of the entire Campus Master Plan?
Phase 1 (2010-2013) is projected to cost about $12,000,000.
Future Phases (2016-2020) are projected to cost about $20,000,000.
Where will the funds come from to pay for the costs of the Campus Master Plan?
The funds for the construction of the buildings and facilities that are part of Phase 1 of the Campus Master Plan will be raised from our congregation through a capital campaign. The title of this campaign will be known as "Generations." This theme of "Generations" honors the faithful commitments made by earlier generations in the organization and development of our congregation and the call that is made to each generation to step out in faith and provide for future generations. The theme also reaffirms that we belong to one another from generation to generation and that we are a family of families that requires facilities that are secure and inviting to parents and children and that convey a sense of belonging for worship, education, meetings, gatherings and service.
What is the timing of the Generations Campaign?
Phase 1 of the Generations Campaign was completed in December 2010 and raised pledges of approximately $7,500,000. Planning and preparation for Phase 2 of the Generations Campaign was done in the spring and summer of 2012. Phase 2 of the Generations Campaign will be launched in the fall of 2012 and completed by the end of the year. The Phase 2 campaign will raise $4,500,000 to enable the completion of the first phase of the Campus Master Plan.
How will pledges to the Generations Campaign work?
The Generations Campaign will offer flexible pledge commitments ranging from one year to three years.
Will we require financing in addition to the funds raised in the Generations Campaign to complete Phase 1 of the Campus Master Plan?
We will need construction financing to bridge the period between the time that payment of the contractor comes due and the time when pledges are received. Our church is currently debt free. Our intent is to remain debt free at the end of Phase 1 construction. We do not intend to procure a mortgage to pay for any element of Phase 1.
Why do we need an outside campaign consultant to ask for money from our friends and neighbors?
We must raise a great deal of money over the next seven to ten years in order to complete the proposed Campus Master Plan. We need expert help and a proven, robust campaign system to shape the multi year campaign process. We do not have this expertise on staff or in our congregation.
Do we have the near term capacity to raise $12,000,000 for the completion of Phase 1?
Yes. We already have pledges for $7,500,000 and need $4,500,000 in pledges to complete Phase 1 of the Campus Master Plan. We will be grateful for God's provision of whatever amount of money is generated through the Generations Campaign. While a construction loan may be prudently required, it is not our intent to create long term mortgage debt.
Who owns our church property?
The Book of Order of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) states that the local church property is held in implied trust by the San Diego Presbytery. Should a church desire to leave the denomination, the Presbytery has an exit process for congregations to leave with their property; however, the cost that might be incurred to do so is not defined or determinable.
Could we sell our current church property and move to a new locations?
The Campus Master Plan task force explored this option, and it was determined that we are truly blessed with our current strategic location. We are centrally located in Solana Beach and conveniently near the interstate. This allows us to be a regional church, drawing people who drive up to 30 minutes to our campus. The major criteria for church location are visibility, accessibility, size, build-ability of the parcel, and the surrounding neighborhood. After investigating two similarly sized parcels in the area (the only two found), it was determined that the current site has superior visibility on a prominent corner, excellent accessibility to a major freeway and off-ramp, is of sufficient size (seven plus acres), and is in a neighborhood with multiple ministry opportunities nearby. We also have the advantage of available adjacent off-site parking, which will become critical as we grow. Our current site is unique and very valuable.
What aspects of Phase 1 will be eliminated if we don't meet our Generations Campaign goals?
The size of Phase 1 will be adjusted to "fit" our ability to fund it. Our fund-raising plans have several target goals that are stepped in cost over the next 10 years. Our intention is to build only as much as we have pledged. Raise more, build more. Our Campus Master Plan and the Session approval process provide the flexibility to make building decisions based on our priorities and our capacity to fund. We intend to pay as we go.
Will Kingdom Builder Foundation funds be used for the Generations Campaign?
No. The Kingdom Builder Foundation is specifically prohibited from contributing to the church operating budget or a building fund
Timing and Schedule
What is the timing for Phase 1?
Session approved Phase 1 of the Campus Master Plan in the fall of 2009. We have completed the new preschool, the Hispanic Ministries Center, and the High School meeting rooms on time and under budget. The permitting and approval process for completion of the Children's Ministry Center and the Chapel has been completed. Construction on these projects will begin in January 2013.
How many years will it take to execute the entire Campus Master Plan?
We have a 10-year Campus Master Plan. The exact timing of future phases will be a function of our space needs and our capacity to fund construction. It is, however, advantageous to obtain permits for the entire project with both the City of Solana Beach and the Coastal Commission, thereby establishing our right to build in the future.
How disruptive will ministry moves be during the construction phase?
We have a detailed ministry relocation sequence, by department, that has been developed, reviewed and approved by the Ministry Leadership Team, the Department Directors and the Building Committee. All ministries will remain on our current campus.
How will construction impact our ministries?
We will carefully evaluate all options in order to cause the least possible disruption to continuing ministries. Our plan provides for continued use of our existing facilities during construction, as well as the safety of everyone on site.
Permits and Approval Process
What building permits will we need to obtain from various government agencies?
City of Solana Beach: Modified and/or New Conditional Use Permits and Building Permits
California Coastal Commission: Coastal Development Permit
There will undoubtedly be some environmental review, specifically regarding traffic impacts and storm water runoff. Solana Beach may determine that additional studies are required after we submit our initial plans.
How long are the permits we receive from the City and other agencies valid?
Building permits hae been granted and when we evidence the start of construction through "use and reliance," the permits are typically valid for an indefinite period of time.
What permitting issues do we need to address with the California Costal Commission?
The California Coastal Commission will be primarily concerned about storm water run off and our traffic/parking impact and configuration.
Landscaping, Traffic, and Parking
Will we increase the number of parking places?
When Phase 1 of the Campus Master Plan is completed, we will have an additional 18 parking spaces on campus. We will also improve traffic flow considerably by creating a "loop" around the campus.
Do we have enough parking without the underground garage?
Yes. We have enough parking to satisfy our foreseeable needs and the Solana Beach code requirements. Underground and/or ramp parking structures are very expensive. We do have "Sunday parking agreements" with the two schools across the street from our church. In addition, Phase 1 significantly improves the flow of traffic on the campus. The amount of available parking adjacent to the Sanctuary for our seniors and handicapped participants is increased.
Do we lose any parking during the Phase 1 construction?
We may temporarily lose 12-15 current parking spaces during the construction process.
Will "first time visitor" parking still be available adjacent to the Sanctuary?
Yes! Our goal is to make the experience of attending church as pleasant as possible, especially for newcomers.
Will we have a significant amount of handicapped parking adjacent to the Sanctuary?
Yes. We currently have 13 handicap parking spaces adjacent to the Sanctuary. We plan to have additional handicap parking spaces when Phase 1 is completed. ADA codes will insure that we have more than an adequate number of handicap parking spaces.
How many exits will there be from the parking lot?
We currently have three exits onto Stevens Avenue from our three upper parking lots. All three of these parking lot exits will be retained. We are discussing options with our neighbors in the commercial center to provide vehicle entrance and exit though their property.
Will there be a vehicle exit directly onto Lomas Santa Fe?
No. Vehicle access directly onto Lomas is not permitted by the City of Solana Beach. We will attempt to procure a vehicle exit through the commercial property to the south or east of our campus from neighbors (e.g., Dixieline).
How much "green space" does the campus plan provide?
One of the changes requested in our altered campus was the addition of outdoor space. As presently designed, the main patio is greatly increased in size, new play yards and grassy lawns are planned around the Children's Ministries Center and a quiet garden area is added west of the Sanctuary.
What changes are being made to the patio in front of the Sanctuary?
The patio will be lowered about six feet (to about the height of the patio in front of Debin Hall) and expanded at least six feet to the south. The reasons for this change are to eventually enlarge the patio and reduce the number of steps required to get up to the patio level from the lower parking lots.
Will the new Chapel be subject to significant traffic noise?
Yes, but only when the large doors are open to Stevens Avenue, not when the doors are closed. The Chapel will be very well insulated.
Will there be a stage at the base of the sloped lawn in front of the Sanctuary?
Yes, there will be a stage at the base of the sloped lawn.
Other Building Issues
Will we have a scale model of the Campus Master Plan?
Yes! We have already displayed the model of our Campus Master Plan both at congregational meetings and on the patio. In addition, we will prepare videos and other collateral materials to share with the congregation once the campaign is underway.
What is being done to reduce energy costs and conserve resources?
We are committed to prioritizing new "green technologies." We will build to LEED standards. Our temperate climate allows us to minimize energy consumption while enjoying durable, efficient buildings that will serve us well for many years to come. Our new landscaping will be drought tolerant. Our new landscaping irrigation system will use re-claimed water.
Is the current Sanctuary filled at each service?
The Sanctuary, when comfortably full, holds 650. When attendance at one service exceeds 80% of the actual pew capacity, it is common wisdom to either expand the space or add a service, because visitors are reluctant to fill in empty center spaces. Currently our morning services are at 80% and our seasonal worship and special events exceed capacity. We are considering additional services in the near term and more Sanctuary space in future phases of the Campus Master Plan.
How much Sanctuary seating will be added in future construction phases?
Future phases of the Campus Master Plan include several options for added seating. If the space were enclosed between the transepts (side seating wings on each side of the chancel or stage) and the restrooms, it appears we could add approximately 75 seats on each side, or an added 150 seats. If we were to undertake a much more extensive rework, the balcony could be wrapped around above the lower addition and the existing transepts, adding another 150 to 200 seats. Again, nothing of this nature is currently planned, other than knowing it is apparently possible should the need occur.
Did we factor inflation into the future building cost estimates and projections?
Yes. We factored an annual inflation escalation of 3% into the cost of the 2010 through 2020 Campus Master Plan project.
Will we relocate the labyrinth?
Where will the current library be located?
The library will ultimately be located on the upper level of the church campus. During Phase 1, the library will be moved to a temporary home.
Where is the prayer room going to be located?
The prayer room will be integrated into the new Chapel and expanded Worship Center.
How did we select a contractor?
We selected our contractor based on bid price, interviews with the principals, and multiple reference checks.
Did we consider escalators instead of elevators?
Yes, but because escalators are up to ten times more expensive to install and maintain, we chose to use elevators.
Are facilities for communion and flower preparation being considered adjacent to the new Chapel?
Yes. A sink, a refrigerator and preparation tables are included in the Phase 1 Chapel area design.
Is there a new organ in the Campus Master Plan budget?
Phase 1 of the Campus Mater Plan does not include a new organ. In fact, there are no changes to the current Sanctuary planned in Phase 1.