By Dave Burfeind | Director, Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center
Fundraising plans for the Place at the Table campaign have been going very well. We have connected with our supporters and our guest groups; now we are ready for the Fall when we will reach out to the churches within our Annual Conference. During these efforts to raise the funds needed to make this building a reality, we are also simultaneously refining our plans for the construction of the building.
We have assembled a team to help design a building that is a great fit for our site, functional, and economical. Our general contractor is Walker Construction from Spokane and the architect is Fleetmeyer and Lee from Boulder, Colorado. Both have wonderful experience with Christian camps and churches, so they understand how we operate. We are blessed to have Jim Mahugh (member of Selah United Methodist Church) on board as our volunteer Project Manager.
Our goal is to have construction documents completed later this Fall so we could ideally break ground in the Spring of 2017. There are a lot of moving parts and it is a very ambitious goal, but with lots of prayer, we know God will guide us down the right path. The construction window is less than a year.
There is a sense of urgency in being successful in this timeline. Like everyone else, we are seeing increases in construction costs and definitely do want to be chasing them. Construction typically is a once a year start in our area, usually in the spring. So, breaking ground in the spring of 2017 is crucial, otherwise we would be waiting another year until we could start the construction.