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February 2024 Construction Report

Given the winter months and the heavy rainfall, our geotechnical engineers felt that the work that was done in November to provide an improved base in the elevator pit had to be revisited as the replacement clay had been water saturated for so long and comprimised.  After much testing of additional clay found on the site, and the dry weather we enjoyed all last week, the clay base was removed and replaced with flowable fill concrete and dry/compactible clay with footers poured.  We’re all done with that with a total incremental cost of $36,000 to the project.

In the meantime, scaffolding was erected and encased with plastic over the two-story stairwell so that masons could work in that area.  At the same time, footers and piers were completed for the first floor and much work was done to continue building the foundation walls on the first floor and basement which will continue, weather permitting

FUNDRAISING 

Before Kathy and I began to visit parishes, St. Spyridon in Clarksburg, WV had pledged $10,000.  We are so pleased to show them in our list of pledged parishes.  And too, St. John the Divine in Wheeling has now pledged $15,000, St. Haralambos in Canton, OH has pledged $10,000 and Sts. Constanine & Helen in Reading has pledged $25,000 as well.  Inspiring!

Annunciation, Akron, OH ($20,000)

Annunciation, Columbus, OH ($50,000)

Annunciation, Lancaster, PA ($50,000)

Holy Trinity, Camp Hill, PA ($100,000)

Holy Trinity, Canton, OH

Holy Cross, Pittsburgh, PA ($100,000)

Sts. Constantine & Helen, Cle Hts, OH ($20,000)

Sts. Constantine & Helen, Reading, PA ($25,000)

St. Demetrios, Rocky River, OH

St. John the Divine, Wheeling, WV ($15,000)

St. John the Forerunner, Youngtown, OH ($50,000)

St. Haralambos, Canton, OH ($10,000)

St. Nicholas, Bethlehem, PA

St. Nicholas Cathedral, Pittsburgh, PA

St. Paul, North Royalton, OH ($25,000)

St. Spyridon, Clarksburg, WV ($10,000)

Among our parishes, we have now raised $475,000 and again, we are so pleased!  Please consider inviting us back to your parish if you need help in developing a parish pledge or inviting us to introduce the project to your leadership.  The more awareness we can create, the more support we will all experience.  Everyone should be represented in support of our church. 

We are currently scheduled to present at parishes twice more in March.  Hopefully, we will crest the Half-Million mark next month!!!  Be part of that and part of the fellowship, training, ministry, worship, outreach that this new building will provide for us all.  This is our legacy. 

For this Lenten Season, we will create a mailing to the parishioners whose parishes were kind enough to share their mailing lists.  Look for it!  Thereafter, we hope to have social media videos of ministry workers speak to the potential this new center gives us all.

As I always will, I ask that you seriously consider a pledge, or raising your pledge, or pre-paying your pledge so that we AVOID ANY DEBT!  We will continue fundraising until we are there!  Please help us so that this new home is only ever a blessing AND NEVER A BURDEN to our church.  Please help.

To pledge, please click on this link or scan the QR code below:

New Metropolis Donation Link

January 2024 Construction Report

CONSTRUCTION REPORT

With the lion’s share of soil issues now behind us (no new issues), we are back to laying footers and foundations.

With the occasional snowfall and all the rainy weather, work has slowed as expected yet progress continues.  At this hour, most all footers are complete and the foundation walls are appearing.  We hope to make up some of the lost time as the year progresses.

         

FUNDRAISING

Kathy and I continue to visit parishes (see list below) to create project awareness and encourage support.  We are adding back the Annunciation, Columbus pledge of $50K (now official) along with new pledges from St. Constantine & Helen, Cleveland Heights of $20K and St. John’s, Youngstown of $50K  

Annunciation, Akron, OH ($20,000)

Annunciation, Columbus, OH ($50,000)

Annunciation, Lancaster, PA ($50,000)

Holy Trinity, Camp Hill, PA ($100,000)

Holy Trinity, Canton, OH

Holy Cross, Pittsburgh, PA ($100,000)

Sts. Constantine & Helen, Cle Hts, OH ($20,000)

Sts. Constantine & Helen, Reading, PA

St. Demetrios, Rocky River, OH

St. John the Divine, Wheeling, WV

St. John the Forerunner, Youngtown, OH ($50,000)

St. Haralambos, Canton, OH

St. Nicholas, Bethlehem, PA

St. Nicholas Cathedral, Pittsburgh, PA

St. Paul, North Royalton, OH ($25,000)

Among our parishes, we have now raised over $400,000 - an amazing dedication!  Please consider inviting us back to your parish if you need help in developing a parish pledge or inviting us to introduce the project to your leadership.  The more awareness we can create, the more support we will all experience.  Everyone should be represented in support of our church.  Please consider sharing this note with your parish!

This building will eventually be the hub for inter-parish activities:  fellowship, training, ministry, worship, outreach for generations to come.  This is our legacy.  Let’s all participate!

As I always will, I ask that you seriously consider a pledge, or raising your pledge, or pre-paying your pledge so that we AVOID ANY DEBT!  We will continue fundraising until we are there!  Please help us such that this new home is only ever a blessing AND NEVER A BURDEN to our church.  Please help.

For pledges and donations please visit: www.pittsburgh.goarch.org/pledge

December 2023 NMC Update

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE:

At the writing of last month’s report, we were introduced to unstable soils in the deepest portion of our excavating, at the elevator pit.  Further testing in and around the entire site resulted in overall positive results except in and around the elevator pit.  According to our geotechnicals, onus was upon us to over-excavate the elevator pit by many feet and backfill with compactible clay.  You’ll see the huge difference in color in the first upper left picture where above is brown/tan compatible soil and at the bottom of the pit, the solid turns to a dark blue/green color of carbonaceous shale containing pyrite.

As adjacent soils to the elevator became suspect and tested poorly, footers within a dozen feet of the elevator had to be removed, soils replaced/compacted and footers redone.  The bottom picture gives you some semblance of the size of the footers removed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This interloping effort cost us the month of November.  Incremental costs to date hover around $20,000 with another $10,000 anticipated in further soil remediation.  By all accounts, the worst is behind us, and we have already begun replacing footers with the expectation of footers-completion before the holidays. 

Notably, the Liokareas brothers have been a joy to work with as they were quick to point out the soil issues.  Would every other GC be willing to forego a month’s income waiting on engineers, testing, results, recommendations, over-excavating, backfilling, compacting, more testing, etc., or would another firm be quick to ‘bury’ the problems and move on with no regard to the integrity of the building in time to come???  And for all of the delay, this month’s construction costs are approximately $135,000.

FUNDRAISING 

First, I must apologize to the parish of the Annunciation/Columbus for reporting that they had pledged $50K over 5 years. Correctly stated, their Parish Council has approved this pledge, but it has yet to be approved at General Assembly.  As I am eternally hopeful, I jumped the gun in my reporting. Apologies again!

We’ve added another parish to my list of parishes we have visited below, and we are now adding St. Paul’s in North Royalton’s new pledge of $25K:


Holy Trinity, Camp Hill, PA ($100,000 pledge)    |    Holy Trinity, Canton, OH
St. Nicholas, Bethlehem, PA    |    St. Demetrios, Rocky River, OH
Annunciation, Akron, OH ($20,000)    |    Annunciation, Columbus, OH
Annunciation, Lancaster, PA ($50,000)    |    Holy Cross, Pittsburgh, PA ($100,000)
Sts. Constantine & Helen, Reading, PA    |    St. Paul, North Royalton, OH ($25,000 – NEW)
Sts. Constantine & Helen, Cleveland Heights, OH    |    St. John the Divine, Wheeling, WV
St. Haralambos, Canton, OH    |    St. Nicholas Cathedral, Pittsburgh, PA

To our clergy: Last month, in my home parish at the Annunciation/Akron, our parish priest, Fr. Dean Kokanos took the initiative to forward my status report to the entire parish via email. I received quite a number of questions at coffee hour thereafter. You might consider as much when it comes to making your parish aware and potentially engaged and it’s not that difficult to do.

We are lining up our January PC appointments and General Assemblies. Please reply to this note with the availability of yours. We would like to visit as many as possible! Soon!!

Again, don’t be left out! Your family and your parish MUST be represented. Generations to come will look for their original connection to the center. With the advent of construction, more parishes and individuals are pledging.

As I always will, I ask that you seriously consider a pledge, or raising your pledge, or pre-paying your pledge so that we AVOID ANY DEBT!We will continue fundraising until we are there! Please help us such that this new home of work and worship and gathering and fellowship is only ever a blessing AND NEVER A BURDEN to our church. Please help.

To get your pledge matched, please click on this link:  Donate Now! - Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh  or print out the attached pledge card and mail it to the address at the bottom.

FINANCIAL STATUS

FUNDING
Total Project Cost = $14.0M
Total Pledges/Cash to Date = $11.1M (80% of total cost)
Pledges Outstanding = $3.9M  |  Cash on Hand = $5.8M

SPENDING:
Soft Costs to Date = $625K (architects, geotechnicals, campaign, contingency)
Construction Spending This Month = $135K
Construction Spending to Date = $1.08M
TOTAL PROJECT SPENDING = $1.7M

BORROWING:
Anticipated, Approximate Total = $2.5M
Anticipated Start = May 2024

Thanks for all of your support and prayers,

Nick Lekas
Akron, Ohio
330-633-3700
 

November 2023 NMC Update

CONSTRUCTION REPORT


Construction has been progressing as we encounter our first delay.  As excavating continues, we have discovered a small section of unstable soils in the area of the elevator.  With testing and consulting our geotechnical experts, we have developed remediation processes (deeply backfilling with compactable clay soils) for ensuring sufficient and substantial soil compaction which is being tested throughout the work.  Much of the site has been approved through additional proactive soil testing at these depths and block walls are being erected in those areas as well as the bell tower.  We are still hopeful that we will be able to have the building sufficiently enclosed before the white stuff hits.  So far, the weather has been fully cooperating.

 

 

 

 

FUNDRAISING


We will continue to visit individuals, parish councils and general assemblies, spreading the word of our new home.  In this month we have received additional parish pledges.  So far, we have visited these parishes, either for a General Assembly presentation or to meet with parish councils:

Holy Trinity, Camp Hill, PA ($100,000 pledge)
St. Nicholas, Bethlehem, PA
Annunciation, Akron, OH ($20,000)
Annunciation, Lancaster, PA ($50,000 – NEW)
Sts. Constantine & Helen, Reading, PA
Sts. Constantine & Helen, Cleveland Heights, OH
St. Haralambos, Canton, OH
Holy Trinity, Canton, OH
St. Demetrios, Rocky River, OH
Annunciation, Columbus, OH ($50,000 – NEW)
Holy Cross, Pittsburgh, PA ($100,000)
St. Paul, North Royalton, OH
St. John the Divine, Wheeling, WV

We have appointments for another 2-3 parishes before the year is out and hoping for as many again at the beginning of next year.  We hope to have as many parishes as possible listed as supporters in the lobby of the new center.  Don’t be left out!  As more and more of your folks get invited to the new center, they will look for the name of your parish.  Let’s make sure they are not disappointed but proud to be a part of our larger Christ based family!

As I always will, I ask that you seriously consider a pledge, or raising your pledge, or pre-paying your pledge so that we AVOID ANY DEBT!  We will continue fundraising until we are there!  Please help us such that this new home of work and worship and gathering and fellowship is only ever a blessing AND NEVER A BURDEN to our church.  Please help.


To get your pledge matched, please click on this link or scan the QR code: New Metropolis Donation Link

FINANCIAL STATUS

FUNDING

Total Project Cost = $14.0M

Total Pledges/Cash to Date = $11.0M+ (80% of total cost)

Pledges Outstanding = $4.0M

Cash on Hand = $5.8M

SPENDING

Soft Costs to Date = $625K (architects, geotechnicals, campaign, contingency)

Construction Spending This Month = $150K

Construction Spending to Date = $950K

TOTAL PROJECT SPENDING = $1.6M

BORROWING

Anticipated, Approximate Total = $2.5M

Anticipated Start = April 2024

 

Thanks for all of your support and prayers,

Nick Lekas Akron, Ohio 330-633-3700

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