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? Suggestions?  Feedback?  Email building@uuathensga.org

Capital Campaign Moves Closer to Goal!

Thanks to the generosity of 7 households who issued a Challenge Grant and 34 households who increased their commitments prior to the Challenge Fund, we have moved much closer to our goal!  As of March 27, 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 WILL HELP!  Forms are available in the rear of the Sanctuary, or by contacting Shaye in the UUFA office.

On Sunday, March 26, the EOV Building Team discussed with the congregation the challenging process and progress on revising the proposed building expansion plans to fit within the new lower project budget ($1.75M).  Comments, ideas, and suggestions on priority items for the plans were shared.  More information will be forthcoming.

EOV PROJECT TIMELINE – 2017

  • April – dates/times TBD – 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 August 2016.  This conceptual plan is being 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.

To view the conceptual plan from August 2016, 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 hired a Stewardship Consultant, Barry Finkelstein, who guided us through the Capital Campaign process, and we’ve contracted Houser Walker Architecture which is helping 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 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.