The Seminary began the first of a two phase renovation project ($1.8 million for both phases)  urgently needed to
begin timely conversion of costly, failing steam system to geothermal heating and cooling

Phase 2 includes making the chapel safer and more accessible for all

Phase 1 focuses on preservation of all chapel instruments, new HVAC system (geothermal) and includes interior work on  walls, pews and flooring

Chapel Renovation Phase 1

LTSG-chapel-evening-sm.jpgBuilt in 1942, the Church of the Abiding Presence was a bold turn in the Seminary’s consciousness, facing westward and its new mission frontiers. The highest profile space of Gettysburg Seminary is this chapel, visible from miles away on Seminary Ridge. It serves as the Seminary’s premier classroom and is its largest venue for public lectures and gathering spaces. It supports daily worship and the education of tomorrow’s preachers and the Music, Gettysburg! music series.  The project runs from June to October of 2011.  

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Preservation and Sustainability
Components of the century-old central steam system and the 70 year-old heating systems of the chapel are beyond the end of their expected life-cycles. The new system will operate at a much higher efficiency and reduce the dependency on increasingly expensive fossil fuels.
Moreover, a geothermal heating and cooling system will prevent deterioration of the organ, piano and harpsichord by stabilizing (for the first time) the humidity levels in the chapel. 

Accessibility, Safety, and Comfort
Visitors know the challenge of entering the building and finding adequate        restroom facilities. This renovation includes an elevator, with access to expanded and fully ADA compliant restrooms on the lower level. ADA compliant main entrances and lobby improvements will make it safer and easier to enter for any  persons with physical challenges. 

Better heating and cooling, coupled with safety of entry and movement within the building, plus adequate restrooms will set the stage for the final renewed finishing touches.  The necessary painting and pew resurfacing will also feature an upgraded flooring surface to enhance the sound of the organ, piano and overall acoustical performance.