We have completed the interior front entrance remodel, the new chapel, and the Indian Street house is paid off. However, there are a few other projects we are still working on, predominantly the dorm extension. Our goal is to begin the dorm extension this coming spring with the funds God provides through the Give-A-Day effort. In the meantime, we have begun phase one of remodeling the Long Street house into three separate apartments to provide necessary housing for families who come to teach and/or take classes at EBI. Also, in order to save on energy costs, we want to convert all our lights in the main buildings to LED and replace the windows in the Institute’s front hall.
We hope to add a much needed gender-specific study area, laundry room, and student lounge. Currently, there is no area in the school that is appropriately set up to study. The concrete has been poured and is ready for a building. Our immediate goal is to raise the money needed to dry-in the dorm extension. Continued donations will be needed beyond phase one to complete this project. Having the building dried-in will enable us to work on this project as funds are available.
The hood over the range in the kitchen exhausts air through the roof of the kitchen. To replace the air that is exhausted, outside air needs to come in through cracks around windows and doors. The outside air is not heated or cooled. This situation can cause mold above the ceilings and at some walls and increases the heating/cooling costs. To correct this problem a new outdoor air fan would be installed on the roof over the kitchen and deliver heated make-up air right at the hood.
We have over 200 light fixtures in the main building and dorms that use a significant amount of energy. With rebates from the power company and the savings we would experience by upgrading to LED bulbs, we would largely offset the cost of the purchase of new bulbs within the first year.
During the recent installation of a required firewall in the middle hallway, we discovered mold behind the existing drywall. With minimal costs, we were were able to replace the mold-covered drywall. However, there are also windows in the front hallway that are not well insulated and need to be replaced. Because of this, we would anticipate renovating the south and front hallways while completing our work in the middle hallway.
EBI has enjoyed the use of the Long Street house for the past 10 years. However, several issues have made it difficult to fully utilize the house because of the current layout. Plans are to divide the house into three apartments which will greatly increase the usability of the space available. At this time, we intend to complete only the upstairs entrance. We hope to do additional renovations over the next few years.