Work in Progress: Our New Sanctuary

Work in Progress: Our New Sanctuary

Follow the progress of the building of our new sanctuary!

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…

A Weaving Metaphor

I am grateful to the Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (BVUUF) for the content in this week’s blog post. The congregation completed a 70-week renovation of their church facility in 2020. For more information about their project, go to https://www.bvuuf.org Our UU 7th Principle is “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” Creating and maintaining a tight-knit, high performing, quality relationship between our Sanctuary Construction Committee, our architect and our contractor is like…

Demolition Materials: Recycle & Reuse

I was recently asked what will happen to the demolished building materials that remain on site when the Suite 4 structure comes down to make room for our new sanctuary. During a Sanctuary Construction Committee Zoom meeting a few weeks ago with David Keitel, our lead architect from domusstudio, we asked how the process works in this regard. The architect and building contractor work together as a team to segregate various building materials such as metal, wiring, concrete, and wood…

Reaching a Milestone

Our Sanctuary Construction Committee reached a milestone today as we finalized our negotiations with our architect for the sanctuary. With the professional assistance of legal counsel, we focused on eight specific areas of the contract that required clarification or negotiation. The architect accommodated our requests and now the agreement is ready for signature by our board president. This is an important achievement and you can be assured that we have had the best interests of the congregation in mind in…

The Doors

Last night our OCUUC choir held its first in-person rehearsal in over a year. We wore the new special singers’ masks, we were appropriately distanced and sang in our beautiful courtyard in the open air. In addition to the 15 choir participants there in person we also had 8 singers joining us on Zoom. It was a success! As I looked around the church campus last night I couldn’t help but think about how many creative opportunities there will be…
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