The Properties Team has been working hard to find affordable and effective solutions to our boiler issues. We are currently running on only one boiler because the other boiler, which had major issues back in the spring, has now been declared “dead” because the repairs were too cost prohibitive and there was no guarantee it would be functional if we attempted the repairs.
Having only one operational boiler is not ideal. The concern is that extreme cold snaps for an extended period of time will strain the one vintage boiler that is working. If the strain becomes too much, this one boiler could shut down, leaving us with no heat at all. This could mean that we might have to close our Child Care Center. This could mean that we might not be able to use the building for church purposes and have to find temporary meeting locations. This could mean that we end up with busted pipes due to the frigid temperatures, adding additional costly repairs. Let’s hope and pray this doesn’t happen.
In October, the Operations Council tasked the Properties Team to begin the discernment process of replacing and hopefully upgrading our heating system. Currently we are contracting with an energy engineering expert to 1) guide us and counsel us; 2) help us answer the questions regarding what is the best system given our capacity to support upgrades, and; 3) to look at long-term solutions such as phasing in projects over time to meet budget constraints.
We will also be contracting with an engineering group to complete a study that will review our current infrastructure capacity that will enable us to bring a complete report and present proposals for action to the congregation. A small team of dedicated church folks has been assembled to assist and manage this large and complex project. This team is meeting regularly and is committed to doing all they can to keep the heat on this winter and to adequately address the heating and cooling needs of our church going forward!