Making Room for You!

We’re Finally Above Ground!!

 

One Tuesday June 5, the slab for the addition was finally poured, following three weeks of rain and other delays caused by encountering rock when putting in the storm water system and by having to relocate the water line into the building.  This coming week (June 11 on), a crew will begin to erect the steel posts and other structural steel for the building.

Yes, we are a couple of weeks behind schedule, but we can’t control the weather or unexpected problems.

A small window to view the progress has been installed in the temporary wall in the old foyer, where the main entrance doors used to be!

Work on the new parking lot off of Cheatham Road will begin soon.

NOTE:  See below* for a more detailed tentative schedule.  Dates have not been adjusted to accommodate the delays caused by the rain, rock, and water line issues.

Parking is restricted to the area outside of the fenced-in area.  A temporary extension of the fenced-in area covering several handicapped parking spaces has been done to accommodate material storage.  On weekdays, parking for UUFA and rental groups is limited to the portion of the lot next to the woods; subcontractors will be using the central section of the parking lot for their vehicles.  Access to the UUFA building is ONLY through the door at the end of the RE wing of the building (the parking spot in front of the door is reserved for easier pedestrian access to the building). 

PLEASE CARPOOL because of the decrease in parking spaces during this phase!

IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION:  Iva King & Herb West are the UUFA representatives who meet and interact regularly with the contractors and architects.  All questions or concerns should be addressed to one of them:

To view plans and other details, click on the links below:

New or additional Capital Campaign Commitments are still needed, especially from new members or anyone else who hasn’t yet made a pledge to the building campaign. Click here for a Capital Campaign Commitment form to print, fill out and sign, and turn in (or email) to Shaye Gambrell, our Congregational Administrator; John Olive, the Building Project Treasurer; or Herb West, Capital Campaign Chair.  Donor recognition opportunities are also available.  If you have not paid your Capital Campaign Commitment in full, please consider doing so before the end of 2018.  The sooner you can pay off your commitment, the less money the Fellowship will have to borrow, thus lowering our interest expense and eventual mortgage payment.

*BUILDING RENOVATION PROJECT TIMELINE
(NOTE:  dates are subject to change)

  • Phase 1:  Construction of New Addition – now through August 2018
    • Scope:  Construction of new spaces–Entrance, Gathering Hall, offices, conference room, large multi-purpose room, two ADA-accessible restrooms, Cheatham Rd. parking lot.
    • The main entrance has been temporarily relocated to RE hall door.
    • Offices have been relocated and some rooms have been re-purposed:
      • Administration office & DRE office have moved to the corner room next to Minister’s office.
      • Youth Room & Sofa Room furniture have been moved to the Ocean Room.
      • The conference table and chairs, along with the copier/printer and a number of bookcases, have been moved to the Sofa Room (“Interim Conference Room”).
      • Minister’s office remains as is.
    • Access to Sanctuary and administration wing is only through the Fellowship Hall.
    • Parking
      • Very limited during construction hours (UUFA restricted to the side of the lot closest to the woods).
      • Much (but not all!) of the parking lot will be available Sundays, some Saturdays, and most evenings.
      • The contractor has constructed a fenced-in area in front of the main entrance and next to Timothy Rd for construction-use only.
      • The parking space immediately in front of the RE hall door has been designated “No Parking” (by two orange cones) to allow easier pedestrian access to the temporary building entrance.
      • Due to limited parking, everyone is urged to carpool.
    • Some meetings, activities, events will be temporarily relocated to other rooms, times, or off-site.
    • At some point during this phase, work will be done in the Fellowship Hall to install HVAC duct work, and possibly in the Sanctuary vestibule for plumbing connections for the new addition; disruption will be minimal.
    • Sunday Morning Worship is now one service at 10:30 am, until further notice.
    • Forum is on hiatus until construction ends.
  • Phase 2:  Renovation of existing Fellowship Hall – August – September 2018.
    • The new addition will be put into use:  new main entrance, new administrative offices (administrator, DRE, Minister), new conference room, new large multi-purpose room, and new restrooms.
    • New Cheatham Road parking lot opened with access via a paved path and new side door to the building.
    • No direct indoor connection during this phase between RE wing (incl. kitchen) and the rest of the building (a challenge for coffee hour and meals).
    • The flooring will be replaced in the RE hallway; the contractor will try to keep disruption at a minimum.
    • Contractor access will be from the parking lot through the playground (playground will be accessible on Sundays).
  • Phase 3:  Renovation of Sanctuary – September – end of October 2018.
    • Renovated Fellowship Hall will open up to new Gathering Hall.
    • Worship services will be held in the expanded Fellowship Hall/Gathering Space (may have to revert to two services if there is not enough space).
    • Contractor access will be from the parking lot through the playground (playground will be accessible on Sundays).
  • Building Dedication – tentatively January 6, 2019

 

EOV Building Project Committee (BPC):

Iva King, Chair
Bob McArthur, Board Representative
John Olive, Project Treasurer (Naming and recognition sub-committee)
Herb West, Ministry Council Representative (Sanctuary function and design sub-committee)
Roger Moore (Landscape sub-committee)
Sarah Cook (Playground and RE sub-committee)
Jane Mayer (Administration and Meeting Spaces sub-committee)
Carol-Lee Baker (Kitchen sub-committee)
Barb Schell (Aesthetics sub-committee)
Rev. Alison Eskildsen

Click here to contact us with your feedback, comments, or questions.

Project History:

For a short history of the project including links to major documents, click here.