EVERY NATION BUILDING 2 CONSTRUCTION
Hello, Victory Fort family.
On behalf of our pastors and everyone here in Victory Fort, I would like to give you an update concerning our church facility.
Our Every Nation Building 2 has been in existence for nearly a decade. Some of you will remember the time when it was built. And a lot of you have taken part in believing God for this building, whether it be that you gave or you prayed with us as we constructed it. And in recent years, we’ve seen how this building has served and blessed so many of us.
As part of making sure that we steward this building well, we do regular building inspections that provide expert assessment of the building’s condition, ensure compliance, and guarantee the safety of everyone.
ASSESSMENT RESULTS & TIMELINE
After the recent Abra earthquake, a building inspection was conducted to assess for structural cracks or damages around the Every Nation Building. Prior to this, minor cracks were already observed in Every Nation Building 2 on some of the beams and columns in the facility.
Assessment results show damages needing immediate repair. With this, the initial recommendation was to limit entry and to repair key areas to proactively reinforce support and prevent minor cracks from happening over the years.
Given the results of the assessment, we want to respond in two ways: to repair the cracks as an immediate response, and to reinforce the facility to strengthen it for long-term use.
We want to take proactive measures not only to strengthen the affected areas but to also make sure that the building will withstand acts of nature in the years to come.
With that, we would like to inform you that starting September, Every Nation Building 2 will undergo testing and construction repairs. Doing this will take around eight months to complete. Only key areas will be closed for repair, while the ground floor and specific rooms at the third floor remain operational.
The repairs will span from the second floor to the fourth floor of EN Building 2, as well as the basement parking. As repairs are completed on each floor, some areas will be available for use in less than two months while the rest will need six months to be fully repaired and strengthened.
Given all this, while Every Nation Building 1 continues to remain fully functional, we will have to make some adjustments to accommodate the limited use of Every Nation Building 2.
Hence, we will have some adjustments with the venues of our overflow room and Kids Church.
Our worship service overflow room will temporarily be moved to the Atrium starting September 17 and 18.
For Kids Church, the Nursery & Toddler Room will be temporarily moved to the Youth Hall starting September 17 and 18. Please also note that we will not be having a Nursery & Toddler Room on September 10 and 11.
If there are any changes with these venues in the future, we will make sure to communicate it to you and keep you updated. We want to also assure you that as we make these adjustments, everyone’s safety will remain to be our top priority.
If you have further questions regarding our church facility, please feel free to ask or approach any of our pastors or church staff for clarity.
As we begin our repair and reinforcement of Every Nation Building 2, we want to invite you to pray with us. Pray for our facilities team and our contractors as they spearhead the repairs of our building. Pray for us as a church as we navigate through these adjustments.
This might be an inconvenience for us for a significant period of time, but we make it our priority to ensure the long-term safety of our staff and church members and we value the faithful stewardship of the facility God has provided for us.
Thank you for standing with us at this time.
Pastor Paolo Punzalan
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHICH AREAS ARE CLOSED DURING THE REPAIRS?
The repairs will span from the second floor to the fourth floor of EN Building 2 and the basement parking. The storage and 4th-floor offices will be temporarily closed, including the following rooms on the 3rd floor- South America, Oceania, and Asia. We are temporarily closing our EN Building 2 Function hall and EN Building 2 Chapel. While the ENPH Chapel services are taking a break, the chapel remains open for prayer and solitude. A portion of the basement parking will be temporarily closed. As soon as the immediate repairs are completed, rooms and spaces will be reopened for use.
IS THE BUILDING SAFE AND STILL OPERATIONAL? WHAT HAS CAUSED THE CRACKS AND DAMAGES?
Prior to the Abra Earthquake, cracks were already observed in Every Nation Building 2 on some of the beams and columns in the facility. A building inspection was conducted to assess for structural cracks or damages around the Every Nation Building. Findings show that we need to limit entry to the building and conduct immediate repairs. Moreover, we decided to proactively reinforce the structure to ensure safety. The building will resume full operations in about 6-8 months, once areas have been reinforced. Only parts of the building are closed while repairs are ongoing. As soon as the immediate repairs are completed, some rooms and spaces will be reopened for use in two months. A third-party structural evaluation is still ongoing to determine the cause of the crack before the repairs and reinforcement take place.
WHAT EXACTLY NEEDS TO BE REPAIRED AND WHAT’S THE SOLUTION?
Given the results of the initial assessment, it is best to make repairs addressing the immediate concerns and strengthen the facility for long-term use. While the initial recommendation is to limit entry and repair specific areas that will only take two weeks, we are taking proactive measures to strengthen affected areas and support the building to withstand calamities and disasters in the years to come. A 3rd party structural evaluation is ongoing before both repairs and reinforcement take place. If the West Valley Fault line runs across Metro Manila, should we expect this to happen in our facilities in other locations as well? How about the EN Building 1 where we hold services? EN Buildings 1 and 2, and our mall-based locations undergo scheduled structural reviews and periodic assessments. At the moment, there are no signs of structural damage to our mall-based locations and our EN Building 1.
THE REPAIRS WOULD ENTAIL COST. DO WE HAVE ENOUGH FUNDS TO COVER THE EXPENSES IN LIGHT OF OUR OTHER BUILDING PROJECTS IN OTHER LOCATIONS?
The cost of the repairs is covered by our building contractor.
IF WE’RE EXPECTING MORE PEOPLE TO BE ACCOMMODATED IN EN BUILDING 1 DUE TO THE LACK OF OFFICE/MEETING SPACES, HOW CAN WE CONTINUE TO ENSURE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF EVERYONE IN THIS TIME OF PANDEMIC?
While this will be an inconvenience for a significant period of time, we make it our priority to ensure the long-term safety of our staff and church members and value the faithful stewardship of the facility God has provided for us. Even with the combined number of staff and pastors during repairs, the Every Nation Building remains below the maximum capacity. The offices in Building 1 have provision for additional workstations and are designed to accommodate more staff because the spaces are larger than average offices. In terms of health protocols and risk of COVID-19 transmission, both buildings are equipped with a “fresh air system” similar to hospitals, therefore reducing the risk of transmission.