Thanks to your ideas and contributions during Community Voice meetings and fund raising activities over the last two years, we are happy to announce that our expansion and renovation has begun. If you’ve been to the Center recently you may have noticed the additional skylights added to our reception area providing us with more natural light. A taste of what is ahead!
During this period of expansion and renovation we wanted to share with you pictures of our Center as it is adapted to give us more space in our current location. These photos show the changes and the potential of the renovations.
The addition of 900 square feet of space allows us to host multiple programs and groups at the same time.
Deconstruction and renovation of the main part of our Center so we will have more efficient use of our space.
Transformation of the Main Shrine Room.
Practice continues! With more work to be done in the next few weeks, we had our first meditation class in our new space. Note the lovely new floors. This is the room to the right of the elevator down the small flight of stairs as you come up to the Center from the street.
Our new space has been equipped with a new floor and a kitchenette.
This is such an exciting time. Please be on the lookout for requests for assistance as we continue to work on creating mindful space for Philadelphia!
With deep gratitude to the Building Mindful Space Team,
Philadelphia Shambhala Center
Work is progressing on schedule and we are now in Phase II which will continue through the end of December on the main part of the Center. Walls have been taken down, floors redone and new walls are being constructed. Each trip to the Center shows a different stage of the renovation so there is always something new to see.
Our scheduled programs and activities will continue in the Main Shrine room and in our new space. Although the bathrooms in the Center may not be available, there is a bathroom in our “new space” and there is an additional bathroom on the ground floor of the building. Changes to our current space include updating and expanding the bathrooms and the kitchen so we will have more efficient use of our space.
While we will continue to have access to the main shrine room in this next phase, we have been packing and storing all movable items in preparation for a redesign of our existing space. We want to offer special thanks to our wonderful Monday Night Sangha members for their help just before Thanksgiving. At the end of the evening they responded to a request for help by moving of all the furniture piled in the main reception to temporary storage so that the floors could be refinished on schedule. With a bow and deep gratitude to Molly McCoy, our Volunteer Coordinator and everyone who helped with this move. “Many hands make light work.”
Note the view of the Shrine Room Doors. The white marks on the floor show where the walls were that have been removed. In the ceiling you can now see two of the three skylights in our reception space.
This view of the kitchen shows that the walls of the library and offices have been removed so that we can widen the hallway and the kitchen to alleviate congestion.
We now have two new skylights that allow more natural light in our reception area. Having cleared the space from our reception area back to the remaining wall of the kitchen, our refinished floor reflects the light from our new skylights!
The front shrine room will be undergoing a full refurbishing including flooring, painting and electrical starting this Friday Jan 8, through to wednesday Jan 20th.
During this time only the new room will be available for scheduling.
Any program that cannot be held in new room will need to be held in an off site location. It maybe possible to schedule the use of the skybox room.
The front shrine room will be ready for reassembling on Jan 20.
Please contact any member of RCH, with questions concerning
Phase III remodel.
Joann , RCH lead