Parishioners at Church of the Redeemer were greeted Sunday by a banner that said, “Going geothermal, for our earth, for our future, for our children.”
Wearing a ceremonial construction hard hat, the Rev. Paul Tunkle stood at the altar — surrounded
by Earth Day props such as a globe balloon and a tree wrapped in yellow crime scene tape — and announced that the installation of a new, ‘green,’ geothermal heating and air-conditioning system would start this week.
He called the $2.5 million, high-efficiency system “a bold theological step to protect this fragile earth.”
The HVAC system -— five years in the planning — is part of a $4.6 million “Generations” capital campaign that also calls for replacement of windows with energy-efficient windows, and the renovation of the church organ.
Installation of the geothermal HVAC system is expected to take until September and will require the staff to move to temporary trailers at the end of the month. Starting this weekend, all services will be held in the main church and the chapel will be closed until the project is finished.
Parked on the lawn of the church in Homeland was a machine that will dig a well 300 to 400 feet deep, so geothermal tubing can be dropped into it, said Vince Greene, the church’s junior warden and an architect, whose office is in the Roland Park Shopping Center.
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