Work in Progress: Our New Sanctuary

Work in Progress: Our New Sanctuary

Follow the progress of the building of our new sanctuary!

May Sanctuary Update

The New Sanctuary Construction Committee continues to focus its efforts on work with our architect to provide additional materials requested by the new City of Costa Mesa planner. It has been a long and frustrating process that has recently culminated in contacts with experienced Assistant Director of Development Services Scott Drapkin to discuss concerns in hopes of expediting the review process. Once review of the materials is completed by the planner, the project will finally move closer toward the City…

February Sanctuary Update

The New Sanctuary Construction Committee, a subcommittee of the Property Use Group (PUG), focused its efforts this past month on work with our architect to provide additional materials requested by the new City of Costa Mesa planner. Once review of the materials is completed by the planner, we hope the project will finally move closer toward the City granting our building permit. Our team is patiently awaiting a reply from the City in the near future and we’ll let you…

January Sanctuary Update

January 2022 kicks off the start of a milestone year at OCUUC as we begin deconstruction of the two-story Suite 4 and construction of the new sanctuary where Suite 4 once stood. Hooray! The question Nancy Loughrey and I are asked most often is “when will the deconstruction and construction activity begin on site?” And the answer we provide is the same–when we receive our building permit. Once that happens, the process will move full speed ahead toward a dedication…

December Sanctuary Update

The sanctuary committee met with the architect, domusstudio, on November 10 on Zoom to discuss project status and information requested by the City of Costa Mesa for approval of the Development Review Plan. Committee members who worked on the original new sanctuary plan back in 2013 were able to access important documents from that project including the shared parking agreement with Piecemakers and Torelli Real Estate. Additionally we contacted Dig Alert to verify that the location of the existing underground…

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.…