Work in Progress: Our New Sanctuary

Work in Progress: Our New Sanctuary

Follow the progress of the building of our new sanctuary!

October Sanctuary Update

As we get closer to the targeted date of early February 2022 when the demolition of the existing Suite 4 building is to take place, there are a number of tasks that are in need of completion. The construction committee continues to move forward on these requirements in collaboration with our architect, domusstudio. Most importantly we are awaiting feedback on the Development Review Plan submitted last month to the City of Costa Mesa Department of Development Services. Once feedback is…

September Update

This past week we submitted our Development Review Plan to the City of Costa Mesa Department of Development Services. Prepared by domusstudio in collaboration with the landscape architectural firm, the structural engineer, the geotechnical engineer, the civil engineer and the contractor, the comprehensive design review application is a requirement for the building permit submittal application. All property owners within a 500 foot radius of the new sanctuary will receive notification of the pending project now that the application has been…

A Busy August for the New Sanctuary Team

The Sanctuary Construction Committee continues this month to work with the consultants of its team to refine plans and make decisions to hold costs in line while ensuring the new building will meet the needs of the congregation now and in the future. Last week the entire committee met with domus studio architect David Keitel and Hoffman & Associates construction supervisor John Pascale for a lengthy session to discuss where we are on the timeline and what we need to…

A Milestone Meeting

On Friday, July 23rd the courtyard was buzzing with activity as our sanctuary architect, David Keitel of domus studio, invited representatives of the lead contractor and subcontractors to join our OCUUC Sanctuary Construction Committee for an onsite visit. The lead contractor John Pascale of Hoffman Associates rolled out construction plans for electrical, demolition, painting, glass and landscaping subcontractors to review and discuss. Lots of activity is underway as we move into August. As always, if you have any questions or…

A Busy Week in the Life of the New Sanctuary

Our Sanctuary Construction Committee held our first in person meeting on the church campus on Monday morning. Debra, Nancy, Barbara, Bob, Audrey (not pictured) and I reviewed the most recent detailed architectural drawings in preparation for our weekly status meeting with domus studio. I hope you had a chance to view the new sanctuary renderings this weekend if you attended the sculpture event in the courtyard on Saturday or during the coffee hour on Sunday. The new renderings will be…

Progress Report Card

Our Sanctuary Construction Committee held our regularly scheduled progress meeting with our architects from domusstudio on July 1st. We reviewed and commented on the new project renderings that the architects have prepared to reflect the newest refinements of the design. We look forward to sharing these revised plans with you in the near future starting on Saturday, July 17th at the Isa Graves sculpture wine & cheese reception in the courtyard from 4 to 7 p.m. and in the courtyard…

Sound Check

On Thursday our Sanctuary Construction Committee was joined by Beth Syverson and Steve Morihiro for a productive planning session on Zoom with professionals from our acoustic-sound system consultant Sound Image of San Diego. Our architects from domsstudio led the discussion. Among the topics were the acoustics of the room and how adjustments in sound might be achieved through baffles and building materials. The consultants also focused on our audio and video equipment needs and placement for the new sanctuary and…

Artful Construction

Our Sanctuary Construction Committee is looking forward to our Zoom meeting this Thursday with our architect David Keitel. He will be presenting revised concepts for the sanctuary that address the need to meet code requirements that are in place because the sprinklered sanctuary structure must be a certain distance from existing campus structures that do not have sprinklers. The revised concepts will also reflect some changes needed to be made due to the increase in building materials due to COVID.…

Marking Underground Utilities

On Friday a representative from our new sanctuary project’s civil engineering firm was on the OCUUC campus to locate all the underground utilities. This is an important step beginning with the project’s demolition phase later this year so the contractor will know which utilities need to be capped and avoided. If you were at the church service on Sunday you may have noticed a lot of various colored dots painted on the courtyard and the parking area. This is the…

Learning from Experience

Memorial Day is often referred to as the unofficial start of summer and this year it has even more special significance at OCUUC as we open the church for in-person Sunday services and we head out on long-delayed travel for the first time since March 2020. You can rest assured, however, that your Sanctuary Construction Committee will continue on the forward path to bring the new sanctuary plans to reality. We gather on Zoom from places near and far to…

Project Timeline

At our most recent weekly Zoom meeting call, our sanctuary construction committee met with our domusstudio architect David Keitel to discuss the timeline of the project now that we are further along in the design development phase. Just as COVID has affected so many aspects of our lives over the past year, it has also had an impact upon the construction industry, with increased prices for in-demand building materials including lumber. The impact of these price hikes and unanticipated code…

Looking Ahead

At our most recent weekly meeting the Sanctuary Construction Committee’s primary focus was planning on how furnishings and other contents of Suite 4 will be removed and/or recycled over the coming months in advance of the new sanctuary construction. We also discussed seating for the new sanctuary per our architect’s recommendation given the important role it will play in the new space. David Keitel of domusstudio provided us information to consider from several different chair manufacturers and has connected us…
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