Cooling System Status Report

You are invited to a Congregational Meeting on Sunday, Aug. 5, at noon in the Sanctuary to vote on the Property Board’s recommendation to Council to approve financing of up to $1.2 million for this project. 

First Lutheran has an outdated HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) System. In the last several years there have been high maintenance expenses on our system and in some cases equipment failure beyond repair. One of the chillers in the Education Building is functioning at only 60 – 70% and if you attended Pr. Jeff Backer’s ordination/installation service, you got an idea of the condition of the Sanctuary’s cooling system. We have used our HVAC system far beyond its life expectancy. 

The Property Board requested an in-depth study of our system in 2016. G&R Controls provided a report (available for viewing upon request) and made a recommendation to begin thinking of replacing the aged equipment. There has also been consultation with other contractors.  We are now at the point of needing to move forward with the cooling system.

The First Lutheran Church Council has made a recommendation for a special congregational meeting to consider approving the replacement of our cooling system for the campus by financing up to $1.2 million for the project.  (The heating system will be addressed later, perhaps in a capital campaign). We don’t feel we can wait any longer to address the cooling system.


Please feel free to contact Lyle or Brian with questions. 
Lyle Eidsness       605-351-6065
Brian Aamlid       605-351-1200


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