The following projects have been completed through the St. Albert Improvements Fund
This project was completed in November 2009 at a total cost of $270,000, of which $200,000 was funded with grants over a two-year period from the Bishop’s Annual Appeal (BAA) of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. So for the first time in the history of St. Albert, its second floor facilities are accessible to the mobility impaired, and furnishings and office equipment, as well as janitorial service carts, may be moved from floor to floor safely and without risk to staff and volunteers.
The deck, which used to be located in the courtyard between the Student Center Building and the Auditorium Section of the Chapel Building, was reconstructed outside the back door to the auditorium which opens to the back-lot behind St. Albert. We use the back lot for student and support community functions.
Nearly all the 50 year old braces which hold these redwood slats in place on both main buildings had rotted, and a number of the slats fell during Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav, and many more were in imminent danger of falling. Through the generosity of our St. Albert Support Community members, these braces and redwood slats were replaced in 2011 at a cost of more than $30,000, which was funded from both our annual repairs budget and help from our improvements fund collections..
Re-Furbishing of Exterior Structural Steel
Many elements of our exposed exterior structural steel were pitted with rust deterioration, and had been in need of attention for some time. The repair of this deterioration and re-painting was accomplished in 2011 at a cost of more than $30,000. about $20,000 of which came from a grant from the diocesan BAA, and the remainder of which was funded from both our annual repairs budget and help from our Improvements Fund collections.
Replacement of Accordion Partition Walls
These original partition walls were literally falling apart, in 2012 they were replaced at a cost of $17,000, which was funded by a grant from the diocesan Bishop's Annual Appeal (BAA).
Protective Glass Panels over Stained Glass
All the screws in the aluminum stops holding these panels in place were corroded, increasing the risk of losing both the stops and the panels in a storm. The steel frame into which the aluminum stops are secured was also corroded and pitted with rust, badly in need of refurbishing. The safety glass panels had also yellowed and stained over the past 50 years. The steel frame has been refurbished, new safety glass panels installed and secured with refurbished or new aluminum stops, secured into the steel frames with stainless steel screws. This work has been accomplished at a cost of $20,000, funded from our annual repairs budget and our Improvements Fund collections.
Refinishing of Chapel Pews and Kneelers
While the kneeler pads have been maintained and removable fabric-covered cushions and hymnal racks were added to the pews some years ago, the 50 year old pews received a new stain and finish in 2011, funded from our annual repairs budget and the Improvements Fund second collections. This process was as expensive as it would have been to install new pews, but as so many other things, "they don't make them like they used to!"
Staff & Facilities Upkeep
We now have, on the average, over 500 Southeastern students visiting St. Albert each week, and taking advantage of the services we are providing. This has resulted in increased expenses for upkeep, and maintaining a larger staff.
We are doing the very best we can to meet the needs of our students, support community members, and the mission of St Albert, and we can all take pride in the fact that we are doing such a great job in meeting the demands of the times in advancing our outreach and evangelization to Southeastern students, and we could not do it without your support!
St. Albert remains committed to being a good steward of the financial resources it receives, both by maintaining and improving facilities, taking more energy conservation initiatives, frequently monitoring and evaluating operating costs and expenditures, and effectively utilizing its human resources for support and professional services. So, thank you for all you have done, and continue to do, to make sure that St. Albert thrives in our community for years to come! God bless you and yours for all you do!
– Father Michael