The Accessible Washroom Project

Prepared for the Vestry meeting September 22, 2019
by the Washroom Project Committee

This report is to bring you up to date on the status of the Accessible Washroom Project.  Accessible washrooms on both floors of the church building will serve both the existing and future members allowing for people to attend worship and fellowship.  They will also allow for easier childcare and possibly deanery and ecumenical events to be held at St. Stephen's. 

The Accessible Washroom Project has been discussed since 2007 and it has broad support within the parish. The need for an accessible washroom was identified in a 2007 parish survey, whose results were published in the 2007 Vestry Report. In 2010 the Pastor and Wardens commissioned an architect, Reg Nalezyty, to evaluate options for making the building accessible. At a meeting on May 23, 2010, the report was reviewed it was agreed to set the interim fund-raising target at $15,000 for the project. Donations in memory of Ellen Ponting were received in 2011 for an accessible washroom and they were held in the Capital Fund for that purpose. In August 2011, the Solar Panels were installed, which became for the Vestry a focus to pay off; the loan from the Archbishop Wright Building Fund was paid off in 2016. The Accessible Washroom Project was discussed at a Vestry meeting on September 23, 2012. There was concern that the building code had changed, and in the 2016/18 Parish Plan, the Parish Council confirmed that the building code allows for an accessible washroom in the present Pastor's office and it was agreed to appoint a committee to plan and oversee project to do in 2018 or 2019. At the Annual Vestry Meeting on September 17, 2017, the Project List was amended and adopted, and the Washroom Project was at the top of the list. At the January 8, 2018 Parish Council meeting, the launch of a 2018 Special Appeal was authorized to bring the Capital Fund to $27,000 in order to install a washroom on the Nave level and renovate the existing washrooms in the Church Hall; to replace our furnace and to repay the remaining debt to our Capital Fund (funds were borrowed to repay the debt to the Diocese).  The Washroom Committee was appointed in May 2018: Ted Wright (chair), Janet Pike, Canon Ed Swayze, Blair Trotman and Jack Winters. In 2018, the target for the Capital Fund was revised to 32,750. In April 2019, a fund-raising dinner for the project was held at the Current River Recreation Centre, and a presentation was made on it.

The Committee has had DCSC Architect and Engineer (Reg Nalezyty) do drawings as well as consultation with a plumber, DLM Plumbing and Heating, and other specialized suppliers,
The Lock Shop and Quality Door Hardware and prepared the attached Accessible Washroom Project Estimate. Our Committee has researched the project and feels it will meet the building code and that the estimate is fairly solid. The project is a good and necessary step for St. Stephen's to follow.

The project will result in a new washroom to current accessibility standards on the main floor in the present Pastor's office.  The necessary connection to the lower sewer pipe will result in the breaching of the lower washroom floor, so the existing two washrooms will be converted into a new single accessible washroom.  The only exception is there will not be an automatic door opener; however, It will be wired for one that may be installed at a future date. The baby change table will be relocated to a washroom.

The cost of this project is estimated at $23,750.04 which we now have in the Capital Fund. A good portion of the labour, except for plumbing and electrical, will be by the congregation, all volunteers. This will be saving considerable monies.  We are in a position to proceed with the project.  There will also be a lag time once the Deanery Officials have approved with respect to obtaining a building permit. 

Plan for main floor washroom taken from Plans, Elevations & Notes, August 2018, DSCS Architect + Engineer

Why Complete the Accessible Washroom Project?

This project will:

In conclusion, the parish has worked towards this project since 2007. The plans have been carefully developed so that they are realistic. Sufficient funds have been raised in order to do the project. This project is one course of action that will sustain the congregation and help keep it viable.

Motion

Whereas St. Stephen's must obtain the approval of the Diocesan Executive Committee in order for the Washroom project to proceed,

moved by Ted Wright and seconded by Blair Trotman that the Vestry approves the Accessible Washroom Project and authorizes the Incumbent and Church Wardens to proceed with the Project and spend up to $25,000 for it, once the Diocesan Executive Committee has the project.

Accessible Washroom Project Estimate

PLANNING
architect         300.00
architectural drawing         685.00
plumbing drawing         282.50
building permit         290.00
     1,557.50
CONSTRUCTION
plumbing labour      3,000.00
plumbing parts         300.00
electrical material         500.00
electrician's labour      1,000.00
opening floor up and pouring concrete      1,000.00 guess
Porta Potty Rental - 2 weeks         190.00 A1 Sewage Services
linoleum 8' x 8'      1,429.71 both, material, baseboards and labour
Upstairs
toilet      1,100.00
sink         900.00
taps         150.00
underlay - 2 sheets           80.00
door 38"         350.00
door installation done by volunteers
drywall & paint         200.00 volunteer labour
towel dispenser         150.00
inclined mirror         150.00
handicapped door hardware & installation      3,195.00
grab bar         160.00
fan and duct         200.00
light fixture         100.00
  14,154.71
Downstairs
toilet      1,100.00
sink         900.00
taps         150.00
underlay - 2 sheets           80.00
door 38"         350.00
door installation done by volunteers
drywall & paint         200.00 volunteer labour
towel dispenser         150.00
inclined mirror         150.00
grab bar         160.00
fan and duct         200.00
light fixture         100.00
concrete block work      1,000.00 guess
suspended ceiling         400.00 volunteer labour
     4,940.00
 
Total   20,652.21
HST not able to claim 5%      1,032.61
cost overrun 10%      2,065.22
 
Grand Total   23,750.04
prices do not include HST

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