Construction Updates

Weather is cooperating nicely so more steel work was able to be completed on the western half of the new preschool/children’s building. Work crews unloaded several truckloads of steel and are working quickly to erect the 4-story frame. Inside the Detroit Tower, crews continued the last portion of demolition on the 1st floor and continue to work on sheetrock and mechanical installations.

Parking is available in the east and north lots, as well as in the parking garage off of Cincinnati Avenue. See the diagram below for assistance:

You’ll need to be aware of several areas to avoid during construction and learn new routes for getting around campus.

Parking: The best kept secret is the Philtower Parking Garage on Cincinnati, directly across from the west worship center entrance. There is plenty of parking available on Sunday mornings. We also have access to all parking directly north of our campus, across 4th street, making the trip into the main church building easily accessible on level ground. Finally, if you are able-bodied, please park on the far side of the east parking lot. There will be two golf cart shuttles running throughout the morning on Sundays and during special events to make entering into the main worship building easier.

Detroit Tower: The main entrance along Detroit Avenue will be open for the duration of construction and there will be shuttles available to transport LIFE Group attendees to and from Cincinnati.

Student Center: Students are encouraged to continue to use the Underground entrance, along Detroit, throughout construction. Access to and from the worship center will be most efficient through the north 4th street doors.

For Our Future is a campaign designed to implement the largest piece of First Baptist Tulsa’s master plan, which will include:

• New Preschool & Children’s Building
• Renovated Adult LIFE Group Space
• New Entry at Street Level
• Easier Access & Navigation of the Facility
• Senior Adult LIFE Groups in More Accessible Locations

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Top Ten FAQs

What, specifically, does For Our Future include?
A new building with 54,000 sq ft of preschool and children’s space built on our existing circle drive.
10,000+ square feet of newly renovated adult LIFE group space in the Detroit Tower.

How much will this cost?
$12.5 million

How much money did we raise?
$8.6 million in pledges and more than $1 million on hand, totaling $9.6 million.

When will construction start and be completed?
Construction is scheduled to begin in July 2016. The potential move-in date is late summer 2017.

When are pledges due, and how long (years) will the pledge be collected? 
Commitment Sunday was May 3, 2015. We are asking people to honor their pledges within 3 years.

Will we have any green grass anywhere?
Yes. The master plan calls for the demolition of the South Building. Even with the space occupied by the music suite, there will be ample room for green space on the south side of our campus.

What will the present children’s space be used for after the new building is complete?
The current children’s space will possibly be used for all adult LIFE Group space until the north building can be demolished.  The ultimate plan is to build a new fellowship hall on this footprint.

How many preschoolers, children, and adults will meet in the new areas?
Right now, our preschool space reaches it maximum capacity at about 200. Our children’s floor reaches capacity at about 150 children. If we were to move into the new building today, 350 children and teachers would occupy our new space. Factoring in 5% annual growth, which is what we are experiencing, the new building will give us room to grow for the next 15 years. Our eldest adult LIFE Groups will be accommodated in the Detroit Tower.

Why did we build the nice circle entrance only to tear it out? 
The Detroit Corridor will remain intact except for the drive-thru awning. Very little of what we have renovated will be lost.

How can I pray for my church?
Pray for the decision-making of our Phase 3 team.
Pray for good leadership from our staff and volunteer campaign leaders.
Pray that our church will practice generosity toward this project which is as the name reflects, For Our Future.