New Building Project
A Letter from the CMSJ
Board to the members of the Chinmaya Mission Community
Online to the CMSJ New Building Fund
Building Project – Details & Current Status
Need for a Facility
Vision – A Commitment to Excellence
Bala Vihar enrollment
and attendance at events grows, the Chinmaya vision - “to provide
to the maximum (number of) people, for the maximum time” -
continues to inspire
the entire Chinmaya Mission San Jose community. In the midst of
challenges, our commitment to excellence remains strong as ever. It is
evident that the present Sandeepany San jose Facility is not adequate
support needs of our activities: Balavihar, Yagnas, Pujas &
need for a new facility emerges from this situation.
started the New
Building project on Maha Shivarathri in 2006 and acquired the property
- an old
church - on 10160
Clayton Road in
San Jose, in
January 2008 (2 buildings, ~11,000 sq ft total, 1.7 acres) at a cost of
and are in the process of building a new ashram from the ground up on
property. Architectural plans for the new ashram have been approved by
of San Jose and we have been granted a Planned Development permit.
Status As of March 30th, 2013
Hari Om and Salutations to the Chinmaya Family!
This is an update on the progress of construction through the month of March of our Ashram on Clayton road in San Jose.
It has been an exciting month with construction proceeding in full swing as you will notice in the pictures (link below). The month began with the construction team continuing to lay steel girders and cement piers in the ground as part of the overall foundation work - this activity culminated with most of the pits filled with concrete, girders above the ground and a small compound wall showing up! We are now getting ready for above-the-ground construction phase which is a huge step forward!
You can view the March construction activities here - the most recent picture in this album shows a fantastic aerial view of the facility as it currently stands!
Older pictures are available here
Lord's Grace and Pujya Gurudev and Guruji's blessings continue to shower on all of us as the construction phase of our project is progressing as per plan. That said, we all recognize that none of this would have been possible without the wholehearted ongoing support from the entire Chinmaya Mission family. We look forward to your continued support to help us continue to fulfill our financial obligations with the bank.
If you would like to make a pledge, please contact Meena Kapadia (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sanjay Rao (email@example.com).
Alternatively, you can donate online by doing the following:
1. Visit our home page at www.chinmaya-sanjose.org
2. Click on New Building Project->Donate->Online
3. Fill out the form and click "Submit"
In His Service.
Status As of March 10th, 2013
Om and Salutations to Chinmaya Family,
This is an update on the new building progress over the past few months.
With the old church building demolished, the debris cleared out and
weather improving, the construction of our new Ashram is now proceeding
in full swing. Below are few of the key achievements to-date:
Completed initial grading operations for the first set of retaining
walls along the north face and upper slope.
Remediated contaminated soil from the site - this was a significant
step forward because we did not encounter any other major soil
As part of building the foundation, work on laying cement piers is
progressing smoothly till now - when this is done, we would have
achieved another significant milestone where majority of the
underground work would be complete.
Finally, a month ago on Feb 8th we had a wonderful "Ishti (bricks,
precious gems, mantra japas) Sthapana" puja led by Pt. Ravichandran. On
a clear, sunny morning after a small drizzle, bricks previously
consecrated by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda along with other
consecrated items were placed in the ground under the proposed location
of the new shrine.
The latest pictures
including those from the puja are uploaded for your viewing pleasure to
summary, with Lord's Grace and Pujya Gurudev and Guruji's blessings,
the construction phase of our project is progressing as per plan. None
of this would have been possible without the tremendous ongoing support
from entire Chinmaya Mission family - we look forward to your continued
support to fulfill financial obligations with the bank.
contact Meena Kapadia (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sanjay Rao
(email@example.com) if you would like to make a pledge or you can
donate online by going to Donate
Status as of Nov 06, 2012
Hari Om and Salutations to Chinmaya Family !!
are very pleased to inform every
one that with God's Grace, Pujya Gurudev's blessings, and continuous
everyone in the Chinmaya Mission community the construction phase of
building project is now very much underway! Thank you for your patience
understanding over the past many months during which we were deeply
with the city of San Jose to procure the construction permit - all that
behind us and with the bank loan secured, the construction has begun in
We are now in the process of
demolishing the existing structure - asbestos abatement as per city
and guidelines was just completed
The heavy equipment demolition of
the entire facility will be next - it began during the week of 11/5 and
will continue for about 3 weeks
forward, we will continue to
keep you up-to-date on the progress with a report every month.
to this point in the new
building project would not have been possible without generous and
financial support by many in the community. Now, as 2012 draws to a
sincerely urge all those who are yet to fulfill their pledge of
earlier in the year to do so as soon as possible - you can either:
Write a check made to
"CMSJ" and send it to 1050
Park Ave, San Jose,
OR Donate online, click here.
amount is small and every little bit will go a long way
in minimizing the bank loan we have to take.
The following links provide a glimpse of the work in progress at the
Clayton Road facility.
Floor Plan Lower | Floor Plan Upper | Site Plan Lower | Site Plan Upper
New Building Views