This is an overviews of activities and time line from the start until the end of the project, almost 10 years.
1998/1999 – Quotes for overhaul or repair of the existing organ. Cost was more than $ 120,000. This was too high because there was no guarantee of the improvement in sound.
2000/2001 – Formal contacts were made with several organ builders in Europe, USA, and Canada. Some builders were not interested, others asked $ 3,000 to present a quote.
2002/2003 – Evaluation of proposals, vision and organizations of organbuilders. The decision was made to recommend Casavant Freres as the organbuilder of choice.
2003/2004 – Decision to purchase a new pipe organ was formally made by the church. Fundrasing committee starts. We would sign the contract only when 50% of the funds were raised.
2004-2006 – Fundraising activities.
2006 – Half of the funds were raised and the contract was signed in December of 2006.
May 2007 – Casavant started scaling and drafting the organ.
June 2007 – Drafting of detailed drawings were submitted for evaluation by the church.
August-September 2007 – Start of pipe construction and chest construction.
October – November 2007 – Console construction.
December 2007-January 2008 – Construction of Pipe racking.
February 2008 – Organ was taking shape in assembly room.
March 2008 – Preparation of the church building with the addition of drywall to increase thye acoustical characteristics of the room, painting, electrical, etc.
April 2008 – Organ was playable in assembly room. Voicing regulation in assembly room.
April 2008 – A delegation of our church visited the Casavant facilities and played the organ for the first time.
April 28th 2008 – Dismantling and packing of the instrument.
May 7th 2008 – Shipment to Langley, BC.
Tuesday May 13th 2008 – Start of installation in the church.
June 3nd 2008 – Start of Tonal Finishing.
June 12th 2008 – Organ completed for final acceptance.
September 19, 2008 – Inauguration Recital.