The Renew the Cathedral – Reach Out, Build Within campaign was a multi-year extensive renovation of our existing building. The ability to serve all who need us is paramount to fulfilling our mission. The renovation project is focused on five pillars:
At the center of accessibility is respect
When we talk about accessibility, inevitably the details of elevators, ramps and stairs arise. But at the center of accessibility is respect; respect for each person and their individual needs. Everyone who enters St. Paul’s Cathedral needs the ability to access all parts of the building they may require.
Having only stair access prevents anyone with mobility issues to participate in any events or access services within the Cathedral. This is also very problematic for guests who use The Fellowship Centre and St Paul’s Social Services Food Bank services; renovations will provide equal access to all and create an inviting space to all guests.
St. Paul’s has 25 stairs going down to the basement, 20 going up to the second floor, and 5 leading into the Cathedral. They make it difficult and dangerous for volunteers to carry boxes (which are often heavy, filled with donations) up and down. We are in dire need of an elevator to help improve the efficiency of these spaces and increase safety for all guests.
Improve and harmonize the work areas of the St Paul’s Social Services Food Bank and Fellowship Centre
The renovations planned to move both the St Paul’s Social Services Food Bank and The Fellowship Centre onto the same floor to allow a more efficient use of space, and harmonize the work done with these services. This would have allowed a more hospitality-focused centre where guests can not only use the services provided, but engage in programming that could offered in the new space (ie. food-skills programs). Additionally, the renovated space would provide a positive, inviting and attractive environment – create an atmosphere of respect for guests.
Providing barrier-free washrooms
A barrier-free washroom was installed at the West entrance of the Cathedral during Phase 1, in early 2013.
The renovations, completed in Phase 2, now offer accessible washrooms on the main floor of the East wing. Our goal was to create a space which will welcome any and all, and as such barrier-free washrooms were a necessity.
Community leadership and infrastructure updating
Many services and community groups use St. Paul’s Cathedral for their programming; renovations will allow enhanced efficiency and the provision of a more inviting space. In addition to the St Paul’s Social Services Food Bank program and The Fellowship Centre, St. Paul’s Cathedral is home to the Narcotics and Alcoholics Anonymous, Divorce Care, and other community groups. We would like to encourage even more community groups to use our space, and want to provide a welcoming atmosphere when they do.
A purpose-built and flexible space will incorporate an environmentally conscious design while offering improved access to current technology systems.
Original Floor Plans – As of Sept. 2013