Gillis Gilkerson, one of the most stable and trusted construction management and general contracting firms on Delmarva, announced construction has begun on the addition for St. Paul’s By-The-Sea Episcopal Church at 302 North Baltimore Avenue in Ocean City, Maryland.
Construction of a 2,300 square foot, two-story addition will replace space lost from the destruction of the rectory in 2013 after a fire claimed two lives including that of Reverend David Dingwall, the Rector of the church.
“The fire was traumatic for the parish and the entire Ocean City community,” said Dwight Miller, president, Gillis Gilkerson. “We are grateful to have the opportunity to help a longstanding and reputable church rebuild to continue its mission of serving others.”
The addition will be equipped with a larger, more modern elevator, additional storage space, a new ground level lobby, gathering space at the sanctuary level, office and small meeting space, and a new driveway. Construction plans also include the addition of a restroom in the parish’s community hall. The expansion fills the void left on the north side of the church created by the demolition of the rectory and will create a positive presence on Baltimore Avenue and facing downtown Ocean City.
“We are very pleased with how the project has proceeded so far,” said Tom Shuster, St. Paul’s By-The-Sea Episcopal Church construction liaison. “The Gillis Gilkerson team was very thoughtful and considerate with our staff while developing the scope of work and reaching a contract. They were off and running the exact day they said they would be.”
According to Gillis Gikerson project manager Don Murray and superintendent Charles Morris, the new addition is set for completion in December, 2017.