It finally begins! The sounds of sledgehammers, power saws, and machinery are traveling up from the lower level of UUCW. Demolition for the elevator has begun, and this will soon be followed by work in other areas of the building as our Build 2020 project swings into high gear.

Informed by years of planning, and funded by the generous donations of church members to the Build 2020 Captial Campaign, this project includes major maintenance upgrades to the church including a new HVAC system and a new roof (no more leaks!). Other projects include installing an elevator, remodeling the main level bathrooms and adding a new all-gender-inclusive bathroom, remodeling the foyer, and adding new carpet and paint in the offices and meeting rooms. Construction is expected to last into November. Below are the tentative demolition and construction tasks scheduled for July and August.

  • Opening to be cut at future elevator lobby at lower level meeting room (LL14)
  • Elevator pit demolition begins – existing flooring and concrete removal
  • First-floor Vestry (ML17) shut down for elevator work.
  • Demolition of Vestry (ML17) wood floor structure for masonry shaft
  • Underpinning of concrete footing in the elevator pit.
  • Mechanical system replacement to begin in lower level mechanical room (LL11)
  • Electrical work in lower level mechanical room (LL11)
  • Form concrete elevator pit slab and walls
  • Demo of sanctuary roof – remove vents and coping cap around the perimeter.
  • Demo walls and masonry arches and select doors on the main floor.
  • Pour elevator pit components.
  • Demo of shingle roof to begin
  • Metal stud framing to begin on main floor for new walls.
  • Lower level flooring, paint, doors, and new ramp construction

Additional details regarding the construction and its effects on church activities will be published in our weekly e-news and announcements, and pictures will be posted to our Facebook page. If you have more questions, or simply want to discuss the project in more detail, contact Phil Kroner, Chair of the Build 2020 Task Force. For questions about the day-to-day effects of construction on church activities, contact Vicki Banville.