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.

Questions? Email building@uuathensga.org

Challenge Fund a Success!!  Helps Move Capital Campaign Closer to the Goal!

After 7 member households of the Fellowship issued a challenge to match new and increased commitments to the Capital Campaign up to a total of $65,000, 28 households responded with at least $65,000!!  Thanks to the generosity of these 35 households, as well as 6 more who increased their commitments prior to the Challenge Fund, we have moved much closer to our goal!

As of March 24, 2017, the Capital Campaign total is just over $1,254,000 from 156 households.

BUT MORE COMMITMENTS — NEW AND INCREASED — ARE NEEDED TO HELP US DO MORE OF WHAT WE WOULD LIKE TO DO. YOUR NEW OR INCREASED COMMITMENT CAN HELP US MOVE CLOSER TO OUR GOAL!  Forms are available in the rear of the Sanctuary, or by contacting Shaye in the UUFA office.

Congregational Town Hall March 26 to Provide Update on the Plan Revision Progress

On Sunday, March 26, at 1:00 PM in the Sanctuary (following Fourth Sunday Lunch), the EOV Building Team will discuss the challenging process and progress on revising the proposed building expansion plans to fit within the new lower project budget ($1.75M).  Please plan to attend this important meeting!

EOV PROJECT TIMELINE – 2017

  • March 26 (Sunday), 1:00 pm (in Sanctuary, following Fourth Sunday Lunch) – Town Hall meeting to review results of campaign and progress on revising the plan.
  • April – dates/times TBD – possible other opportunities for congregational conversation, feedback, and input into the process.
  • April 30 (Sunday), 10:05 am – Congregational Town Hall meeting to review final plan and budget which will be voted on May 21.
  • May 21:  Congregational Meeting to vote on the final project and budget (including mortgage)
  • Summer:  Work with architects on construction-level documents
  • Fall:  Secure planning/zoning permission and permits; choose contractor
  • January 2018 (or later):  Begin construction

Facilities and Site Plans:

The concept plans guiding the capital campaign were developed by Houser Walker Architects and presented to the congregation in September 2016.  This CONCEPT is being tweaked or modified in March/April 2017 to fit the funds available based on the amount of money raised in the capital campaign plus any mortgage or other loans secured.  The final plan and budget will be subject to approval at the annual congregational meeting on May 21.

The floor plan for renovated and expanded spaces essentially touches everything in the building and adds over 3,000 square feet of new construction plus up to 60 additional seats in the Sanctuary. In addition to expanded parking, long a top priority, the site plan shows an additional driveway off of Cheatham Road.

To view the CONCEPT, click the links below:

Designs
Features

Why are we expanding our facilities?

For long enough we’ve managed with an overly-full parking lot, inadequate Fellowship Hall, insufficient meeting rooms, and more. Now is the time to improve our facilities so that we can better meet our mission and vision.

With your endorsement, we’ve hired a Stewardship Consultant, Barry Finkelstein, to guide us through this process, and we’ve contracted Houser Walker Architecture to help make our ideal building dreams an affordable reality. But it will take each and everyone of us to make this expansion possible, in terms of time, talent and, especially, treasure.

How did we get to this point? Below you’ll find various background information about:

  • what leaders have been told are the major limitations of the current facility
  • how changes could offer new opportunities
  • how you can become more involved in determining the expansion
  • who to ask for information about the building design, fundraising, and more

Project Leadership

A Steering Committee appointed by the Board of Trustees plus two task groups–a Building Team (to work with the architect and UUFA on design development) and a Capital Campaign Team (to work oversee fundraising)–are in charge of the project. The Steering Committee will monitor these teams, communicate expansion progress, receive your ideas and comments, and generally keep the dialogue open between the Fellowship’s members, Board, Ministry, consultant, architect, and builder.

Steering Committee

  • Bob McArthur, Steering Committee chair
  • Iva King, Building Design chair
  • Jane Mayer, Building Design team member
  • Herb West, Capital Campaign chair
  • Todd Dinkelman, Capital Campaign team member
  • Carol-Lee Baker, at-large for Board of Trustees
  • Myrna Adams West, at-large for Ministry Council
  • Barb Schell, at-large and for Committee on Shared Ministry
  • Rev. Alison Eskildsen

Building Design Team –

Iva King-chair, Jane Mayer, Naomi Braff, Chris Hayden, Penny Oldfather, Roger Moore, and Sarah Cook

Capital Campaign Team –

Herb West-chair, John Olive, Todd Dinkelman, Karen Solheim, David Jarrett, and John Bleyle

We want to hear from you!

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

Background Information:

For an archive of reports, plans, surveys, meetings, & activities leading up to where we are now, click here.