From Rev. Eric Carswell, Head Pastor
January 21, 2020

As some of you are aware, the Bryn Athyn Church School, pastoral staff office and Society Building have been developed over many years. The first building was the primary classroom building completed in 1954. Since then five significant phases of construction have occurred averaging less than eight years apart, the most recent being the upper unit building completed in 1991 nearly 30 years ago.

A decade ago a planning process for a new or renovated set of buildings took place but did not bring a plan to fruition. For the past two plus years, we have been re-engaged in a planning process. To date we have:

  • Hired an owner’s representative, Amie Leighton of Space Strategies, who worked with community members, parents, staff and students and previous documentation to prepare a facility planning study. The study was shared with the society at the September 19, 2018 semi-annual meeting and is published on the BACS website.
  • Secured Metcalfe Architecture and Design firm to provide the designs. Metcalfe has conducted a study of our spaces and our needs. This study was completed in the fall of 2018 and Metcalfe gave a presentation to the society at the September 2019 semi-annual meeting. We are currently involved in the design phase. The designs, still being refined, have been shared with the faculty and staff.

We expect to present the design, budget and initial campaign plan to the Bryn Athyn Church Board at its meeting on February 18, 2020 and to the society at a specially called meeting on March 18, 2020. The information and building plans will be sent out to the members in advance of the meeting. After these meetings, providing there is society approval, we will formally launch a Capital Campaign. To help us prepare for this possible campaign we have hired a campaign consulting firm, Schultz & Williams. We believe it may be possible – with very aggressive planning and funding – to begin construction as early as spring 2021.

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