While the Village of Warwick was celebrating its Sesquicentennial, Christ Church, located at 40 South St. in Warwick, paid homage to its own 150th anniversary with an expansive renovation project. After several years of planning and fundraising, the building now has an additional 2,400 square feet of space to accommodate this growing congregation and the surrounding community.
This major structural change added a second floor for classrooms and meeting rooms. The parish offices have been moved and improved, allowing easier access and updated networking connections for the office. The public restrooms and entryways incorporate improved handicap accessibility. One of the rooms on the second floor is a rehearsal studio for Jubilate, the Community Youth Choir of Warwick, which includes a small stage that was built above the indoor handicap access ramp – an innovative idea that was added midstream by Thom Woglom Construction, the general contractor for this project.
Reverend Jim Erwin is very pleased with the outcome. Driven by the growth of the community and the congregation, this pragmatic improvement also brought some dramatic changes to one of Warwick’s oldest churches. The one-story parish hall, which was added on in 1965, now boasts majestic, custom-made gable trusses that complement the original sanctuary. There is also a choir loft and a new kitchen.
“The changes to the parish hall are spectacular and create so many opportunities for parish gatherings and our public outreach programs,” said Fr. Erwin.
The hall is used for Sunday school, an active high school youth group and other educational services. These programs are growing along with outreach ministries like the popular Saturday morning free pancake breakfast; a thriving thrift shop; and a busy schedule of meetings for various self-help groups.
The work progressed without any major interruption to the church schedule. A few adjustments were necessary – the Saturday morning pancake breakfast was served ‘al fresco’ during the warmer months. The work was performed seamlessly by Warwick’s own Thom Woglom Construction.
“I was very proud to watch my son, David, manage the intricacies of this project. From custom fitting the gable trusses, managing a lot of large equipment on a busy road or a very small parking area, to the details of how the kitchen should be laid out to work best for the different events,” said Thom Woglom.
Thom and David worked with the Irace Architects from the design phase for the project. The classrooms will be completed in phase two, along with details in the other rooms on the new second floor which Woglom expects to be completed in the next year.
A photo gallery detailing the progress of the renovation can be viewed online at www.woglomconstruction.com or on the contractor’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/ThomWoglomConstruction.