May 2019   
Home Page - Our Building Expansion Project



To keep you updated on all things building project!


The meeting will be from 10:30-11:00 a.m. Members of the Stewardship |Capital Campaign Team, Building Team, and the Space Force (the team who is out there looking at spaces we may call home for the duration of the construction period) will provide detailed information and respond to questions / concerns / enthusiasms. The session will continue in the Vail Library after 11:00 a.m. for teachers and those who may be interested in continuing the conversation.


Goal: $1.2 million

At this writing: $1,121,877 with 142 households participating

Many thanks to the 40+ visiting stewards!

Our next step is to send letters to local businesses and All Souls alums asking for donations. Let us know if there is a local business you think we could contact.

If you have not yet made your commitment to the capital campaign and the annual campaign, please contact Clare Evento at or 860-447-9550

Henrietta Mountz, Stewardship Chair at or 860-339-5178

Tom Lescoe, Stewardship Chair at or 413-824-7688



Activities underway:

• Meeting weekly to support aggressive schedule for desired Fall 2019 groundbreaking

• Determined that engaging a construction manager will be in our best interest. Reviewing possible firms.

• Reviewing construction loan options to support cash flow requirements throughout process.

• Detail Design - Identified need for special considerations; lighting, acoustics, aesthetics/ interior design

• Kitchen design developed with kitchen designer with final input from our architect.

• Solar options: Applied for possible city/state grant & consulted with solar engineering firm.

• Options for efficiency upgrades of HVAC systems (possibly under grant funding)

• Preparations for Permitting

 Site review

 Structure engineering

 Mechanical systems engineering

 Soil and groundwater reports review and updates

• Contractor Selection

• Financial considerations:

 Developing master schedule overview with cash flow estimates

 Identifying Impacts to annual operating budget

 Upfront contracted services cost estimates

Neal Overstrom, Building Committee chair at or 860-639-8535


SPACE FORCE (aka Alternate Space Team)

The Space Force is a team tasked by the Board of Trustees to find alternative places to use as we begin our construc-tion project this fall. This is not simply about finding a worship space – it is much more than that.

The team has engaged in a deep dive into understanding the congregation’s needs to ensure that we find the best spaces possible. We are gathering data on meetings, faith formation activities, staff offices, worship, and other needs.

We know that there are aspects of the construction process that will affect our needs and the choices we make about alternate spaces. The building team is working hard to get these answers. Meanwhile the space force working on the assumption that we will not have any space available in the current building during construction.

Consequently, the first things we are asking the congregation to help with are:

• Piano storage: We may or may not be able to take the pianos to the temporary worship space. If not, we will need safe, climate-controlled storage. If any of you have or know of a place, please let me know by emailing

• Meeting space: We may or may not have a space that will allow committee chairs to have a key to a building or rooms that can be used. Sue Frankewicz is heading up this task and while she will be contacting committee chairs about meeting spaces, we need to begin thinking about meeting in new ways. So consider the groups with which you meet. Do you have an alternative space that you could use? A home, office or coffee shop for example? If you have places that would accommodate your group, please contact Sue Frankewicz at

These are only the first requests that we will make of the congregation. The more planning that we do now, the easier this process will go.

George Dowker Space Force Chair at or 860-235-6247



This committee will endeavor to keep the congregation posted on what is happening throughout the construction through this Home Page in monthly newsletters. If anyone has questions, please contact one of the committee mem-bers who will get answers for you. Thanks to Heidi Toala for lending her talents in many ways but especially for the beautiful giving chart in the hall by the Nash Room.

Arlene Gundlach, Communications/Publications Chair at or 860-444-0327



PICNIC CELEBRATION – Sunday, May 19 - rain or shine!

We have achieved a goal worthy of a celebratory bash!

Join us for a BBQ picnic lunch! Hot off the grill will be angus burgers and all beef hot dogs, potato salad, green salad and corn. There will be a vegan BBQ offering with side salads and there will be gluten free rolls available.

Watermelon and a fun surprise visit from an ice cream truck!

There will be fun activities for all ages including face painting, balloon sculptures, games, storytelling and more!

There will be on-site parking for those who need it. Please plan to park in the upper courthouse lot before ser-vice. Please bring your own lawn chair if you have one.

RSVP if you are vegan, gluten free or both so we can prepare. Email Liz Spurr:

Sher Lofgren, Events/Party Planning Co-chair at or 203-848-7865

Elizabeth Spurr, Events/Party Planning Co-chair at or 860-501-8109