Caught your eye with that one, huh? Sorry, that is about as witty as I can get sometimes.
Everyone should know that there are two things in the world that do not really exist:
1: Breaking news concerning anything architectural
2: Architectural Emergencies
But breaking ground does happen on occasion in this office, and we were finally able to get a shovel in the ground on the new Fellowship Hall and Classroom Building for Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Long Valley, NJ. The project includes an event space for 150 people, 6 classrooms, storage and a new kitchen.
We started work on this back in 2007, when the church brought us in to solve a very sticky situation: The site is in a Registered Historic District, the church is a Registered Historic Structure and to make everything even more complicated, it sits within a flood plain with rock formations underneath that are prone to sinkhole formations. Just the type of project we excel at!
It took close to 18 months to receive approval from the local Historic Preservation Commission, which was better than our predecessor on the job was able to achieve (their submission was soundly rejected by the HPC with a 9 page denial finding), but the final design was well received and we are happy with it.
Now onto the real fun stuff - getting it built, and hoping that mother nature does not try to swallow it back into the ground...
Check back on occasion as we will be posting updated photos on a regular basis.