Buildings Initiative

Capital Campaign Feasibility Study Update  (as of March 9, 2018)

In 2014, a study was conducted by PC Studio Architect PLLC which described in substantial detail the deterioration of our church buildings. This study placed an estimated cost of $4.4 million, after adjusting for inflation, for deferred maintenance and long overdue repairs to the main parish buildings which were constructed in 1963 or earlier.

After Fr. Ian was appointed Pastor to St. Michael’s and St. Timothy’s in 2015, a Buildings and Facilities Committee was established to oversee the restoration and renewal of the parish buildings. The need to address the problems of deferred maintenance, presents us with a rare opportunity to reimagine the spaces where we worship in a way which will provide a fresh perspective and spiritual inspiration for current and future generations of parishioners.

In the Summer of 2017, the Buildings and Facilities Committee, with the assistance of Construction Management Group, LLC, tasked architects Ryan Salvatore and Neil Hauck, to conduct a preliminary study into ways in which we could make the most of this opportunity to renew and restore our parish. These proposals were initially described in the an announcement which was made available to parishioners in November 2017.

In parallel with this, between January 8 and February 2, 2018, the fundraising firm Community Counselling Services (CCS) conducted a feasibility study to get feedback from parishioners regarding the Preliminary Case Statement and to assess the parish’s capacity and readiness to proceed with a capital campaign in combination with a broader Diocesan-wide campaign. CCS conducted seventy-nine (79) personal interviews and collected three-hundred sixty-two (362) survey responses pertaining to the following initiatives for a proposed capital campaign of $6,663,373:

  • St. Michael the Archangel Parish Campus Renewal ($5,200,000)
  • Restoration of St. Timothy Chapel ($483,513)
  • 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal ($350,000)
  • Diocesan Campaign Priorities ($629,860):
    • Catholic Education
    • Pastoral Ministries
    • Catholic Charities

Key Recommendations

The degree of participation from Parishioners and the information gathered from the Study were very encouraging. The main findings are described in the document Pre-Feasibility Study for a Capital Campaign - Executive Summary prepared by CCS - March 2018. Based on the findings from this study, CCS has recommended that St. Michael the Archangel Parish proceed with their capital campaign. It has been decided to establish a formal fundraising goal after the receipt of the first 15 commitments to the campaign.

Timing:  CCS have recommended that we establish a campaign timetable with a seven-month fundraising effort beginning in March and concluding in October 2018. The public phase of the campaign will begin in September 2018.

Next Steps: Based on the parish’s feedback from the feasibility study, Fr. Ian and the Buildings and Facilities Committee are working closely with the architects to provide more detailed cost analysis to clarify our vision for the projects as presented in the preliminary case for support.

We thank you again for your support as we move forward in the process of the renovation and renewal of our parish community. We will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available.