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Please join us for:

Long Range Facility Planning Kickoff Meeting

Tuesday, February 20, 6-7 pm

UUFD Sanctuary

The purpose of the kick-off meeting is to build a roadmap to how we might explore our Long Range Facility Planning, introduce the architect our Board has chosen to work with to provide an opportunity for the architect to explain the process that will be used to develop conceptual designs for our fellowship.  There will be time for discussion of ideas for designs or answering design questions at subsequent gatherings.  This meeting will simply be to layout the roadmap and define the process we will use for decision-making.

WHAT IS NEEDED NOW?

The Bauen Group has requested that we form focus groups, each representing the key areas of activities and programs within the Fellowship. A breakdown of the groups may be as follows:

Minister – Reverend Katie

Board of Trustees

Sanctuary

Administration

Fellowship

Building and Grounds

Faith Formation

And a Focus Group of GENERAL MEMBERS – for interested volunteers and members of the Fellowship to come and be more involved with this planning process

The Focus Groups will participate in a series of meetings to incorporate input with, and respond to, information (to and) from the Bauen Group. Focus Groups will attend a series of meetings with the architect, creating a dialogue around spacial needs, aesthetic and programmatic considerations. This iterative process of gathering, testing, listening to feedback, and reviewing the data will assure inclusion of discussed needs and ideas into the conceptual design options.

To join a focus group, comment on the process or ask a question, fill in the form below and click the Submit button or contact any member of the Facilities Planning Task Force.

Facility Planning Feedback Form

Use to share information and ideas related to facility planning.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Facilities Planning Task Force members:

Mary Ocken (chair)

Trenton Wann

Barbara Hawn

Mary Hockett

Tom Miller (as board representative)

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.