We wanted to keep you updated on our Roof Renovation Project as things have progressed since our last letter to you. Much to our joy, our Church Architect, Christ Kamages of CJK Design Group, assisted us in selecting appropriate colors for our Church to remain within the traditions of our faith. These colors are rooted in the Byzantine tradition and will give new life to our Church “village”. During the color selection process, the Church Architect also reviewed the roof repair options and offered another alternative that was superior to our original selection of replacing the current system. As a result, we temporarily stopped the roofing project in order to investigate it further since the warranty offered was doubled to 20 years and the option of having a gold metallic colored dome was presented. A solution that not only would be technically superior but also one that would be a fitting landmark to the legacy of our Faith and Parish – past, present and future. In our Orthodox Theology and Iconography, the new color scheme will be something to behold, especially within its environment and green setting!
The new roofing solution involves moving away from the current stucco roofing system which is prone to cracking and water intrusion (as we already know), and toward a TPO/PVC roofing system. This will involve removing the existing roof, repairing the cement structure if required, installing a new layer of insulation and covering it with this new roofing product. TPO is a durable material used all over the world with great success (it is used for Car Bumpers as well), it is great for our curved application, UV resistant, cost-effective and can be painted. With this roof, we will paint it a gold, metallic color and install faux ribs to give it the appearance of a traditional Byzantine standing seam metal roof at half the cost of a metal roof. Combined with new flashing and gutters, we will be able to prevent water intrusion and create a roof that will last decades.
After a few months of research and review, the new option presented was unanimously approved by the Parish Council and then presented at our Spring General Assembly meeting. We are pleased to inform you that work has now resumed and within 60 days we will see remarkable changes for the better. Once the roof of the Church is completed, we will then paint the outside of the Church. Once that is completed, we will then move inside the Church to fix the many areas damaged by the leaks so we can complete the Iconography project. This will also be a herculean task since the water damage is extensive. Like we do with our homes, we must from time to time bear the burden of repairs. With God’s help and your prayers and support, we know we can accomplish
this task together. Thank you for your continued support of our Church.
John Ioannou, Jr., President
Members of the Parish Council:
George Georgakakis, Dimitri Rapanos, Michael Fossler, Juanita Antley, John Argyropoulos, James Carras, Manny Daskos, Mike Haralambis, Andreas Ioannou, Marion Koliniatis, Anna Merkel, Peter Synoyannis, Eleni Varvoutis, Kathy Ziegler.