The Expanding Our Vision project’s charge is to help UUFA fulfill its mission and vision by creating spaces for growth and for deeper connections among members, friends, and the community.

Update on the Design, Budget, and Timeline

Town Hall meeting will be held on Sunday, January 21, in the Fellowship Hall between the two worship services.  At this meeting, the EOV Building Project Committee will update the congregation on the plans, budget, and how the construction upheaval will affect congregational activities. 

The Building Project Committee (BPC) continues to work with Houser Walker Architects (HWA) and the Cloverleaf Group (CLG), our contractor, to finalize the design details and the budget.

EOV PROJECT TIMELINE

  • Winter 2018:  Finalize plans, secure permits
  • March – November 2018:  Construction (NOTE:  DATES ARE TENTATIVE!)
    • Pre-construction – now through mid-March
      • Clean out admin office
      • Relocate admin office, DRE office, conference table, etc. to other rooms (moving day tentatively March 3)
      • Remove goldfish, pond, bench, sculptures, pavers, and any landscaping we want to preserve before March 15
    • Phase 1:  Construction of New Addition – Approx. first of April through mid July 2018
      • Construction of new entrance, Gathering Hall, new offices, new conference room, new large Multi-purpose room, new restrooms.  Requires partial demolition and reconfiguration of existing foyer and administrative office.  Construction of new parking lot and other site improvements.
      • Main entrance temporarily relocated to RE Door next to parking lot and down the RE hall.
      • Offices relocated and some rooms repurposed temporarily during this phase.
        • Administration office (Shaye) relocated to Youth Room (corner room next to Minister’s office).
        • DRE office (Kelli) relocated to corner of Rainbow Room.
        • Minister’s office (Alison) remains where it is.
        • Conference table and chairs moved into sofa room.
        • Sofas & other furniture moved into Ocean Room.
      • Access to Sanctuary is through the Fellowship Hall.
      • Access to interim administration wing (Minister, Administrator, Conference Room) is through Fellowship Hall and Sanctuary.
      • Parking
        • During construction on weekdays & some Saturdays (approx 7 am – 4:30 pm), the contractor will use about 2/3rd of our parking lot; UUFA will be restricted to the parking spaces at the side of the lot closest to the ditch/woods.
        • On Sundays, some Saturdays, and most evenings (especially Wednesday).
          UUFA will have access to nearly the entire parking lot (the contractor will tie up about a dozen spaces 24/7 along the edge of the lot closest to Timothy Road for equipment & materials).
        • The parking space immediately in front of the RE hall door will be marked “No Parking” to allow easier pedestrian access to the temporary main entrance.
      • Some meetings, activities, events will be temporarily relocated to other rooms, times, or off-site.
      • Sunday Morning Worship
        • Will continue at 9:00 am & 11:00 am through the first Sunday in May.
        • Change to “summer schedule” — one service at 10:30 am — begins May 13 (Mother’s Day) as it has for the last few years.
        • Because of reduced parking spaces during construction, more people will be urged to attend at 9:00 am, and carpooling will be strongly encouraged.  Parking off site and using a shuttle van is being considered as an alternative.
      • Forum will likely need to take a hiatus during all of Phase 1 because the traffic flow to/from Sanctuary and other uses of the foyer (greeting, Visitor’s Table, RE sign up, etc.) will be in the Fellowship Hall which will interfere with Forum.  Also, the loss of about a dozen parking spaces for contractor’s equipment and materials will create even more parking problems.
    • Phase 2:  Renovation of existing Fellowship Hall and opening it to new Gathering Hall – Approx. mid July through August 2018.
      • Fellowship Hall will be closed off for renovation.
      • The new main entrance will be opened in the newly constructed Gathering Hall.
      • New administrative offices (administrator, CRE, Minister), new conference room, new multi-purpose room, and new bathrooms will be put into use.
      • Cheatham Road parking lot opened with access to building via paved path and new side door facing Timothy Road.
      • Access to RE classrooms and kitchen will only be through the RE hall door off the parking lot; there will be no direct indoor connection (during this phase) between RE wing and Sanctuary and new addition (incl. no direct access from kitchen to new Gathering Hall).
      • Contractor access will be from parking lot through playground (playground will be accessible on Sundays).
    • Phase 3:  Renovation of Sanctuary – Approx. September & October 2018.
      • Renovated Fellowship Hall will open up to new Gathering Hall and RE classroom wing.
      • Sanctuary will be inaccessible during this phase.
      • Worship services will be held in the expanded Fellowship Hall/Gathering Space.
      • Contractor access will be from parking lot through playground (playground will be accessible on Sundays).
    • November 2018 – Construction is completed!
    • December 2018 – Building Dedication!

NOTE:  There will be disruptions and relocation of activities during the construction–some to other areas onsite and some offsite.  A Board-appointed task force consisting of paid staff (Minister, Administrator, Music Director, and CRE), a Board representative (Liz Weaver) and a Ministry Council representative (Herb West) is guiding UUFA through this process.  Details will be conveyed to the congregation and congregational leaders, as well as rental groups.

We want to hear from you!

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 Rep. (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

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Would you like to pledge to the fund or find out more about opportunities for donor recognition? Contact herbwest48@gmail.com or jolive@uga.edu.

Project History:

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