We recently sat down with Tony Powell, Physical Resources Commission member, and Brandon Gabbard, Physical Resources Commission Chair, to discuss how a potential capital campaign might impact Trinity’s physical facilities.
What are Trinity’s short and long-term maintenance needs?
In addition to ongoing short-term maintenance activities, such as changing light bulbs and minor plumbing repairs, Trinity’s physical facilities require significant long-term repairs, maintenance, and improvements that do not occur on an annual basis, such as painting, new HVAC systems, parking lot repair and replacement, carpet, and new computers. For example, Trinity has recently been able to make repairs to the slate roofs of the nave and octagon and to the decorative plaster archway in the octagon area of the sanctuary. However, due to a lack of funding, many scheduled items such as exterior painting, tuck-pointing, stained glass repair, carpet replacement, and HVACupgrades, remain undone.
What is the long-term master plan for Trinity’s grounds and building?
With the assistance of Andrew Piaskowy and Carter Dickerson, Trinity has also developed a Master Plan for the grounds and building. Several phases of this Master Plan have been completed, such as major renovations to the Sanctuary, Parish Hall, and the Courtyard. Phases not yet completed are resurfacing and landscaping the playground area, reconfiguring the tower entrance, installing a green roof over the nursery and parlor, installing solar panels, moving the main entrance from 4thStreet to Madison Avenue, main office renovation with better work/meeting space for Staff, Vestry and community groups, a covered walk between the parking lot and the new courtyard. The current rendition of the Master Plan is in the process of being uploaded to Trinity’s website. Brandon and Tony call this the “current” Master Plan because as they explained the church’s plans are fluid and evolve with the needs of its parishioners and the community.
How can Trinity’s facilities continue to meet the needs of its parishioners and the community?
Trinity has a rich history of community involvement. In the late 1800’s Trinity ran an industrial education program to help workers get manufacturing jobs. Later, Trinity helped start two important local non-profits, Welcome House and the Center for Great Neighborhoods. The church continues this tradition of utilizing its building for ministry through its involvement with Narcotics Anonymous and CASA, to name a few. Changes to the building reflect changes within the ministry in the community. For example, upgrading the kitchen for approval by the Health Department has allowed Trinity to extend use of the kitchen to members of the community such as FreshLo.
Preserving, maintaining and improving Trinity’s facilities allow it to cultivate and grow its ministries of community service and involvement.