TO BUILD A NEW DARBE MEHR THAT REFLECTS A ZOROASTRIAN AMBIENCE AND BETTER FULFILLS THE CULTURAL, RELIGIOUS AND SOCIAL NEEDS OF THE CURRENT COMMUNITY AND FUTURE GENERATIONS. THIS WOULD ENCOURAGE ACTIVE PARTICIPATION OF THE GROWING COMMUNITY AND MAINTAIN ZARATHUSHTI IDENTITY, WHILE PRESERVING CULTURAL TRADITIONS AND CREATING A SENSE OF BELONGING FOR MEMBERS.
The present Darbe Mehr is located on a beautiful 3.5-acre property. However, the building is not functional for our needs as it is too small for cultural, religious and social community gatherings and events (Navroze, Navjote / Sudreh-Pushi Ceremonies, Weddings, Conferences etc.). Furthermore, its prayer hall is inadequate and the outside façade has no Zoroastrian character. The building requires extensive repairs, maintenance and
updates. Renovation and expansion to current code was considered and found, not only to be almost as expensive as new construction, but still lacking in Zoroastrian character.
With community input, a 22,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art building that reflects a Zoroastrian ambience has been designed. This building incorporates the identified needs of our community:
A generously proportioned Prayer Hall that accommodates 100 people and includes features resembling a true Atash Khadeh,
- A large Main Hall that seats close to 400 people and has good acoustics,
- An inviting outside façade and Foyer,
- A formal Library,
- Seven Class / Meeting Rooms,
- A Recreation / Game Room,
- A well equipped Kitchen and Serving Area,
- Adequate Restroom facilities, and
- A spacious Coatroom.
To accomplish our Mission, the estimated project cost and projected timeline are outlined here.
TOTAL PROJECT COST:
Complete Building $ 3,431,000
Outside Site Improvements $ 1,045,000
Estimate for Exclusions $ 124,000
TOTAL $ 4,600,000
Capital Campaign Raised, as of 15th July 2014: $ 2,941,837
DMZT Funds approved by the community on 8th December, 2013: $ 680,000
Total $ 3,621,837
Start Construction Trigger (estimated total building cost) $ 3,500,000
Funds Release: First 6 months – May 9th through October 2014: 25% $ 1,100,000 approx. (1/6th each month)
Second 6 months – November 2014 to May 2015: 50% $ 2,300,000 approx. (1/6th each month)
Last 6 months – June to November 2015: 25% $ 1,100,000 approx.
(1/6th each month)
Target Completion Date: Winter 2015