Building Project Updates

As we embark on the construction of the new worship center, we desire to keep you informed along the way. Please refer to this page for ongoing updates and communications.

Building Updates

We continue to utilize the services of LeMay Erickson Wilcox Architects, who led the design of our new worship space, and have signed a contract with Scott Long Construction as our General Contractor.

On Friday, February 26th, 2021, the landscape of 1302 Braddock Road changed dramatically as the existing church building was removed from the land on which it stood for so long.  As this church building served congregations faithfully over many years, we pray that Alexandria Presbyterian Church’s new worship sanctuary will do so likewise and even more so abundantly.  Even with the changes to date, the site will continue to be modified as construction progresses. From removal of debris and manse demolition, pouring of the concrete foundation and beginning steel erection, Alexandria Presbyterian Church’s new worship sanctuary will slowly begin to take shape. 

With construction well under way, the contractor continues to have responsibility for and authority over access to the site. A 2 foot high silt fence has been erected around the site to prevent soil runoff and a 6 foot high safety and security fence has been erected to keep unauthorized personnel safely away from construction operations.  Entering the site requires advanced permission and final approval of the site superintendent, which will at least be contingent upon the work activities occurring that day.
Please view the following resources for more general information, and if you have any questions please contact us here. For urgent issues, an APC representative may be reached at (703) 594-1320.

APC Construction Notice

Site Construction Informational Session

Anticipated Work

The anticipated scope of work to occur at Alexandria Presbyterian Church within the next few weeks is as follows:

Debris Removal and Site preparation. The debris that resulted from the demolition of the original church building will be trucked offsite throughout the following week.  Once the debris is cleared, the General Contractor will  proceed with foundation excavation as discussed below.   

Mock-up Panel. A display of the materials that will be used on the building continues to be constructed on the east side (Scroggins) of the site.  To date, a concrete pad has been poured, metal framework installed, two representative windows mounted, sheathing overlaid and the brick work nearly complete.  Siding application and installation of the roof display section remain.   The fully completed mock-up panel is expected within the first week of March.

Demolition. To complete the remaining significant demolition work, the General Contractor intends to remove the manse on Saturday, February 27th, weather permitting.  

Building permit. Upon completion of the mock-up panel, whose progress is noted above, the City shall have resolution of all open items such that a building permit should be issued soon following.

Excavation.  Demolition will be followed by excavation for the foundation. Excavation should take 2-3 weeks.

Concrete Foundation.  A concrete foundation will be poured following excavation.  This process may take 2 to 3 months.

 Current Anticipated Completion Date: February 2022

 Note: In an effort to complete the demolition and facilitate effective debris cleanup, the General Contractor currently anticipates working on Saturday, February 27th. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is APC constructing a new church building?

Alexandria Presbyterian Church (APC) was founded in 1986 and has ever since been in leased space; first at the Campagna Center on South Washington Street, then at the Community Praise Center on Russell Road, and currently with Del Ray Baptist Church at 2405 Russell Road.  Our current long term lease is due to expire in March of 2022.  During the period of this symbiotic relationship with Del Ray, both churches have grown significantly, and it has become apparent that new accommodations for APC would be desirable for continued growth of both congregations.  After much prayer and discussion, the board of Elders at APC concluded that ownership of its own worship center would best serve the congregation and community.

Why is the existing building at 1300 West Braddock Road being removed?

For many years, the property at 1300 West Braddock Road was owned and occupied by a small independent church, Alexandria Bible Church (ABC).  APC had a close relationship with ABC through pastoral prayer sessions and a combined youth group.  In more recent years, ABC leadership made the decision to dissolve.  In that decision was a desire for the property to remain dedicated to the worship of God and the ABC leadership offered to sell the property to APC.  In the providence of God, this occurred while APC was exploring the options for a new church home either through another lease or through property purchase in Alexandria.  It was determined that the existing ABC church building was too small to accommodate our needs, but that the property could adequately accommodate a new worship center.  It became apparent that God had been preparing us for this exact moment over a number of years.

When is the new worship center expected to be completed?

Our contract the general contractor, Scott-Long Construction (SLC), calls for completion in February of 2022.

What special permits or deviations did APC request from the city?

None.  The project is being constructed fully within the existing zoning restrictions established by the city for that site and neighborhood.

What will be the size of the new worship center?

The worship center will have a complete basement and will be about 37,000 square feet with a sanctuary to accommodate a nearly 500 worshipers, 9 offices, a fellowship hall, 16 classrooms (including nursery), and a parking lot for just under 100 vehicles.

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Disclaimer: The work summary provided is intended to broadly and generally inform on the work expected to occur and in no way will dictate the work sequence or timing. As such, the scopes of work referenced will be completed as part of the total scope and the above in no way guarantees the work occurring at a specific time nor within a specific window. All work will be conducted with and compliant to approved permits.