Long-Range Facility Planning
At the ALL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING May 9 @ 6 pm Bauen Group architect, Tom Umbhau presented the first round of conceptual diagrams to all interested. Constituent groups and congregants are encouraged to listen to a recording of that session and take a look at the handouts that were distributed:
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The Facility Planning Task Force would like to thank everyone that responded to the initial questionnaire we posted (either individually or through a committee). In all we received 47 distinct submissions, and with those that responded as part of a group, we estimate that (in total) approximately 80 members and friends of the Fellowship spoke up about the hopes and dreams we share.
Feedback is STILL welcome, if you have any additional comments or suggestions please submit them using the form below.
The initial questionnaire responses have been shared with architect Tom Umbhau of Bauen Group, who will engage with the entire congregation again on May 9th at 6:00pm when he presents the first round of conceptual diagrams. Congregants and constituent groups will have an opportunity for another round of inter-active dialogue with the architect, in late May.
Alice Mann is best known for her book Raising the Roof which describes the stages of growth that congregations experience. We match her description of a “…congregation that is experiencing some pressure from [our] community [and cultural] context to grow.” Mary Ocken gave a pulpit-talk on April 8th, providing a overview of this helpful book and highlighting some of the insights within. You can find a link to the sermon HERE». As we are called to expand our walls, Mann invites us to consider that “It may be right for us to step up to another scale of ministry, for the sake of our Purpose or Mission.” This is a great reminder that our intentions and our facilities are the vessels that support our living faith and help us to bring our mission to life.
If you have questions about the process or further comments, you are welcome to offer your input. To continue the dialogue, ask a question or respond to the process thus far, come to a constituent group meeting and/or fill in the form below and click the Submit button or contact any member of the Facilities Planning Task Force.
Facilities Planning Task Force members:
As we explore our growth options, our job now is to seek more information, further identify our Fellowship needs, and chart how we might meet the changing needs of our seams-bursting campus. This exploration will focus primarily on where we likely need to expand to meet growth demands 5-20 years from now; and may be actualized in a “phased-in” manner.
There is also a second planning task force charged by the board to identify short-term solutions for “Crowding Mediation” for the Fellowship, which will work closely with the Facilities Planning Task Force, coordinating with our long-term goals.
THE GOAL. For this long-range work more specifically, we are trying to better describe two possible options: ONE concept is a dispersed campus, using existing buildings, or expanding the ones we have with stronger connectedness. The SECOND concept is of a consolidated facility which unites all campus functions.
OUR PROCESS SO FAR. We have researched local area architects, sent out Requests For Qualifications (RFQs), held interviews, and then recommended the Bauen Group Architecture to the UUFD Board of Trustees; they agreed and signed a contract in January. The money for this initial conceptual design phase was generated from Frolic 2016.