Fearrington Cares Building Project Updates

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Fearrington Cares Building Project Updates 2020-02-10T23:06:23-05:00

FC Center Small Original Building in Preparation for ExpansionThe small size of the building is much easier to realize after all the site had been cleared to prepare for construction work to begin. After 29 years of growth, we needed more office, programming, and service space.
August 12, 2019 FC Groundbreaking: Courtesy of Forrest Greenslade, THE CORNER/Fearrington EditionCindy Kahler, Barbara Hummel-Rossi, Pat Skiver (mostly blocked from view), Steve Stewart, Bruce Coleman, Michael Rossi, Mark Asman, Karen Metzguer, Jon Darling. David Lindeman, Mike Hancock, Top: (standing on the construction CAT) Carol Kurtz.
FC Construction Crew Began Clearing the Site August 05, 2019Following many delays caused by a series of required inspection, permitting, and scheduling steps, the view from Karen Metzguer's side office window as the first heavy equipment was brought to the site to begin clearing the lot and leveling the construction area.
Jeff Hopper & Karen MetzguerOur builder, Jeff Hopper & Karen Metzguer, FC Nurse and Executive Director, discuss the state of "The Build" on December 09, 2019. At this stage, a great deal of the "hidden work" in laying out the foundation was done, ready for framing, walls, and roof trusses.
FC New Construction Slab on December 10, 2019Following several weeks clearing the site, allowing wet ground to dry out, leveling/stabilizing the ground, installing foundation infrastructure (pilings, water/sewer lines, and buried electric service cables), the cement slab was poured so curing could begin.
FC Building Framing Was Well Underway Soon After ThanksgivingIn this photo taken on December 12, 2019--after a great deal of prior site preparation and complicated foundation construction work--the framing was well underway and walls could soon be added by mid-December. Looking back to the beginning of August 2019, much good work had been accomplished.
FC Building Walls Are UpBy late December 2019, the walls had been added to the framing in preparation for installing the roof trusses, which would soon follow in very early January, after the end-of-the-year holidays and the beginning of 2020.
FC Building Construction Trusses Up in Early January 2020On the first weekend of January 2020, just prior to a predicted heavy high wind storm, two construction workers came to the site on an unscheduled work weekend to raise and secure the roof trusses so the building would have added strength.
Amount of Roof Completed as of January 14, 2020This photo, taken in the early afternoon of January 14, 2020, midway through the month and five and half months into the build, provides a wide-angle perspective of not only the amount of roof that has been built but also a view of the overall dimensions of the expanded Fearrington Cares Center when completed.
All Under Rood, Shingled, & Windows InstalledThis very wide-angle photo taken in the mid-afternoon on February 15, 2020, one month after the previous photo in this series, shows the extent of the exterior progress achieved in four weeks. Great progress was also achieved in the interior framing, wiring, insulation, plumbing, electrical, and other infrastructure (none of which is visible in this view).

Our Building Construction Chronicles in Photos and Words

Photos above are in chronological order from earliest to most recent. Narratives below are arranged from most recent to earliest. 

Current Building Fund Capital Campaign Fundraising Donation Level as of January 08, 2020

The Capital Campaign reach its 50% donation goal on December 18, 2019. On January 08, 2020, the fund reach the 60% donation goal! We are immensely grateful to each of you who contributed to our 2019 appeal for operating expenses, and to each of you who have participated to date with a contribution to our Capital Campaign; we will need your continued financial support in 2020. A donation of any amount is appreciated.


DECEMBER 2019 – A Special Fundraiser Campaign Opened. Help us pave the way to furnish our new addition and create a lovely patio at the same time. We are offering 4”x8” engraved personalized bricks for $125. These bricks can include your own name or be in memory or honor of another individual. You choose your own text, up to 3 lines, 20 characters per line. These bricks can be ordered directly from the manufacturer by clicking on the small graphic on the left or by clicking HERE. If you prefer to pay by your tax-deductible check, you can download, print, and complete this order form to mail or bring to the Fearrington Cares Center.


Building Update – November 2019

A Note From Barbara Hummel-Rossi President of the Fearrington Cares Board

This is an exciting time for Fearrington Cares! We broke ground on an extension to our building which will more than double our space. While we have wanted to expand our services and programs, we reached the point that we had no more room to do so. After thorough analyses that involved members of the community, Fearrington Cares Board members and Fearrington Cares staff, we decided to extend our current building. Once completed, our newly expanded building will have a new multipurpose room, a larger reception area, a bigger clinic with examination chair, additional staff offices, ADA compliant bathrooms and a large storage room for medical equipment that we lend to residents. Construction is funded by gifts from current and former Fearrington residents. Stop by the Center any weekday between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to examine the plans.

After the slab is poured, we will provide regular updates on our website about progress. Our Capital Campaign to furnish and landscape the new building will include a series of FUNdraisers. Stay tuned for some fun activities this fall and winter, including a fall dinner with an Irish band, a spring jazz evening and an auction.


Photo: Courtesy of Forrest Greenslade

Building Update – August 12, 2019

The long-awaited groundbreaking ceremony for the new building wsa held at 3:30 pm this afternoon. Board members and others who had played significant roles in the planning process for the expansion gathered in front of the entrance to the current Fearrington Cares Center for a photo which was taken by Forrest Greenslade to use in an article he was drafting for the September 2019 issue of THE CORNER/Fearrington Edition.

After posing for this photo, the group moved over to stand in front of the new building site, which the construction crew had begun preparing earlier in August.

Everyone was excited to see the vision for the future, which had been developing since 2018, actually beginning to come to life and to assume some tangible shape.

Featured in this photo: Michael Rossi, Barbara Hummel-Rossi, Mark Asman, Bruce Coleman, Jon Darling, Karen Metzguer, Carol Kurtz (with mask), Mike Hancock, David Lindeman, Pat Skiver, Steve Stewart, Cindy Kahler.


Building Update – June 2019

Fearrington Cares Building Campaign Next year Fearrington Cares celebrates its 30th year serving Fearrington residents. As the Village has grown, so has Fearrington Cares. We are continually expanding our services as we respond to residents’ needs while keeping the anchor of long-established services, including transportation, home repairs, equipment loans, and nursing assistance.

In response to residents’ requests, we recently added computer help, movement classes, and support groups. Our current building is stretched to the limit for staff, equipment, and services. It restricts our ability to serve well and serve efficiently. Over the past several years, the Board and staff have been studying our program needs and planning an addition to and renovation of our existing Fearrington Cares building. This work is finally bearing fruit and we hope to break ground at the end of May or the beginning of June. The plans call for the following:

  • Adding a multipurpose room and two offices
  • Increasing the size of the clinic, storage, and reception areas, and
  • Adding bathrooms compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.

We are very excited about this construction as the additional room will allow us to expand our programs and services to the Fearrington community. This construction is made possible by generous bequests and donations from current and previous residents.

We need additional funds to complete the construction, landscape the property and furnish the building; therefore, we are initiating a Building Campaign. This is a rare request and is separate from the Annual Appeal for operating expenses.

Please consider making a generous financial donation to our Building Campaign. Contributions can be made on our website, mailed to Fearrington Cares, 2020 Fearrington Post, Pittsboro, NC 27312, dropped off at the Center between 9:00  a.m. and 1:00 p.m., or put in the mailbox beside our door anytime. Please write “Building Campaign” in the memo/notes section.

We are grateful for your contributions. Your support makes things happen!


 

Building Update – April 2019

Karen Metzguer, Nurse and Executive Director

Building News and Upcoming Fundraiser

Next year Fearrington Cares moves into its 30th year serving Fearrington residents. We’ve grown along with the Village to provide expanded services. We change with the times and respond to residents’ emerging needs while keeping the anchor of long-established services including transportation, home repairs, equipment loans, and nursing services. In response to residents’ interests, computer assistance, movement classes, and support groups were later additions. Our current building is stretched to the limit for staff, equipment, and services. It limits our ability to serve well and serve efficiently.

Over the past several years The Board and staff have been studying our program needs and planning an addition to and renovation of our existing Fearrington Cares building. This work is finally bearing fruit and we hope to break ground at the end of May or the beginning of June. We will be adding a multipurpose room and two offices; increasing the size of the clinic, storage, and reception areas; and adding bathrooms compliant with Americans with Disabilities requirements. We are very excited about this construction as the additional room will allow us to expand our programs and services to the Fearrington community.

This construction is made possible by generous bequests and donations from current and previous residents. We need additional funds to complete the construction, landscape the property, and furnish the building. Therefore, we are initiating a Building Campaign. This is a rare request and is separate from the Annual Appeal for operating expenses.

A donation can be made on our website (https://fearringtoncares.org/donate/) or mailed to Fearrington Cares, 2020 Fearrington Post, Pittsboro, NC 27312. In either case, please write “Building Campaign” in the memo/notes section. Your support makes things happen!

We are also planning community fundraising events, please join your neighbors for a Murder Mystery Dinner on Thursday, May 23rd to put the FUN in FUNdraising; watch for ticket information in your email, at your mail kiosk, and on our website.

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=4qmy79cab&oeidk=a07eg9meeif0059e783


Building Project Update #1  — July 16, 2018

Karen Metzguer, Nurse and Executive Director

As many of you know, Fearrington Cares depends entirely on the support of the community to continue serving residents of Fearrington Village. When I arrived in 2013, Board members had identified growing needs for program space in our Center.

Two of Fearrington Cares ardent supporters left a substantial bequest to us in their will in 2015 (more about this family in a future update); this created the real possibility for subsequent Boards to actively plan to expand and renovate the building. It is 2018 and we are building!!

As you also know, building is a time-consuming, multi-step process with frequent “pauses” throughout the process. Although we don’t yet have plans to share or a calendar to post, we hope to be able to do so soon. We will be using this email method and our Fearrington Cares website to share information as it becomes available.

The staff and I are working on plans to minimize the impact on the myriad of services Fearrington Cares provides in the community. We know that we have your support, and we ask your patience as we journey along the “build and renovation” pathway.

I hope you enjoy this poem by Sam Ragan, North Carolina’s 1982 Poet Laureate.

We Build

Building is done
brick by brick, stone by stone,
board by board, nail by nail.
It also is done with words,
and by deeds.
Word by word, deed by deed,
we are proud that we build.
We find pride and courage
from our yesterdays,
we celebrate today,
and we look to tomorrow.
Let the sun of our seasons
shine on our visions,
as builders for people,
and their dreams…
Let us celebrate because we build.

 

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