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The Next 50 (orig)

Building for the Next 50 Years

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Please contact Rabbi Pressman or David Hoffman
to discuss a pledge for this exciting project. We need your help.

Why Remodel Now?

– Needs have changed
– Deferred maintenance
– Programming obstacles
– Major drainage problem from roofs
– Major donors willing to lead the way


– Start with our current building to utilize the current assets built by our founders.
– Modernize our facility, bring it up to code, and solve our long term deferred maintenance issues.
– Add facilities that enhance and contribute to our award winning programming.
– Make this a wonderful place to celebrate simcahs.
– Build the synagogue we need for the next 50 years and the next generation of Beth David

Process – Figuring Out Our Needs

– Hired an architect who can help identify need
– Interviewed and polled staff, clergy, board, congregants to develop proposal
– Round table discussions with congregants
– Presenting this proposal for congregation feedback

Congregants Tell Us They Want

– An overall appearance upgrade to the entire building
– An entrance that communicates a welcoming congregation
– Better ADA access to the building
– Places to mingle and socialize
– A new chapel for a more intimate prayer space
– A Beit Midrash – a place of study for adult education
– An expanded library
– A comfortable space for adult meetings
– A better reception space that provides clearer navigation
– More natural light throughout
– Sanctuary upgrades with more flexible seating, improved sound, more windows, and better access to the bima
– Social hall upgrades to make it an attractive place to entertain
– Improvements to the kitchen
– More flexible meeting spaces
– Improved office space for the religious school and admin
– Quieter classrooms
– Better bathroom facilities
– A way to manage the roof drainage problem

Artistic Renderings

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new bld lobby2 new bldg map

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Focus Groups

After the first draft of design – members were invited to detailed focus groups for every section of the building:

Kitchen Focus Group

Library Focus Group

Mercaz Focus Group

Office Focus Group

Social Hall Focus Group

Sanctuary Focus Group

School Focus Group


How are costs being managed?
– Picking the right architect
– Picking the right contractor
– Contractor bidding process
– Overhead & Profit bid
– Transparency of subcontracts (3 bids)
– Willingness to accept penalty
– Value Engineering Process

What are the projected costs?

Construction Costs
Architecture & Consultants
Permits & Fees
Furniture and Fixtures
10% Contingency Reserve

Building Endowment












How do we pay for this?
– $2,300,000 already pledged
– Additional already identified in pre-campaign
– Planned capital campaign
– Don’t want any forced assessment
– Don’t want a mortgage

How long will it take?
– Rotunda & Chapel  6 – 7 months
– School & Admin Wing  3 – 4 months
– Social Hall & Sanctuary  3 – 4 months
– Total job  1 year
Avoid holidays
Work around bat/bar mitzvahs & simchas

Can we occupy during construction?
YES, with some careful planning and patience with the inconvenience.