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.
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.
Site preparation. General site preparation was completed in February. The site is fenced and locked when no work is being performed. The contractor now has responsibility for and authority over access to the site.
Mock-up Panel. A display of the materials that will be used on the building was completed the first week of March. It is located on the east side (Scroggins) of the site.
Demolition. Demolition of the manse and church building was completed in February and debris has been trucked off for recycling and disposal.
Excavation. Major excavation of the basement was completed on March 30th. During excavation over 800 truckloads of earth were removed from the site. There are two large mounds of earth remaining on site that will be used for back fill when the basement walls are completed.
The anticipated scope of work to occur at Alexandria Presbyterian Church within the next few weeks is as follows:
Concrete Foundation. A concrete foundation and basement walls are being poured. This is being conducted in stages and may take until early June to complete.
Stairwell and Elevator Shafts. Concrete block shaft construction will begin soon for the two stairwells and elevator that will reach from the basement to the second floor of the Admin/Educational half of the building (southern half). A shorter stairwell will connect the basement to the sanctuary in the northwest corner of the building.
Anticipated Completion Date: 2/28/2022
Note: Subcontractors, especially the concrete contractor may be working on Saturdays after 0900 depending on weather and schedule. Above schedule is subject to change without notice.
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.
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.
Our contract the general contractor, Scott-Long Construction (SLC), calls for completion in February of 2022.
None. The project is being constructed fully within the existing zoning restrictions established by the city for that site and neighborhood.
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.
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.