Our Future UUC Home

Building Renovation: Help Wanted

We need your talents! We need your ideas! We need your advice!

The Physical Space Implementation Team (PSIT) is forming advisory support teams to lead, assist and consult with us through the many important tasks ahead. Currently, we are seeking members for teams marked with *** and encourage you to submit the Statement of Interest Form (below):

  • Temporary Site Selection Team: This team of UUC members and staff will recommend at least three temporary sites that would be suitable for UUC operations during the construction of our new home. The team will assess programming space requirements and transition budget and prepare a formal recommendation.
  • ***Temporary Site Transition Team: This large team of UUC staff and members will help ensure a smooth transition to our temporary home during construction and back to our new home following its completion. The many tasks of this broadly defined team will require many volunteers.
  • Technical Advisory Team: Members of this advisory team have technical expertise to support PSIT with the evaluation and selection of systems and technology for the building infrastructure—for example, acoustics and sound proofing, heating and ventilation, networking and computing, audio-visual, security, solar energy, and gray water recovery.
  • ***Grant Writers: Please contact us if you have experience with writing grants. Specifically, there may be opportunities around sustainable energy.

We want to hear from you! If you have interest, expertise or ideas in areas not listed here, please reach out to members of the PSIT team in person, through our contact form below or through the UUC office (206 525-8400). Members of the PSIT team are Lee Anne Warner, Jon Luopa, Byron Krystad, Stacy Carlson, Carolyn Rasch and Jan Hood.

Support Team Statement of Interest



Building and Capital Campaign Update, March 2017

With UUC’s vote to approve the building renovation and capital campaign behind us, we are moving forward! The May 21 service will include an update on both the building renovation plans and our fundraising progress. For now …

The Physical Space Implementation Team (PSIT) is focused on two main tasks during this phase:

  • With our architects at Hacker, we are developing the schematic design for the building project. It will answer questions like “Is this the best location for a meeting room?”,“What are the possibilities for siding?” and “Where will we store tables?” Hacker continues to be a great partner by challenging our assumptions, listening and responding to our input, and consulting with cost estimators, engineers and other specialists on UUC’s behalf. We aim to share the schematic design with you at the June 11 annual meeting.
  • Concurrently, we’ve begun the search for a contractor. We worked with the Member Architect Advisory Team and Hacker to identify respected, qualified construction companies and to define selection processes and criteria. The list of possible firms narrowed quickly due to our criteria, the construction window and the booming Seattle market. We have just begun interviews and feel confident we will find a great partner.

Meanwhile, 25 UUC members have joined the Capital Campaign Team (CCT) as visiting stewards and have begun engaging fellow congregants in conversations about the campaign and the meaning of the church in their lives. Our goal is 100% participation by our members and friends, and while it will take time for us to reach everyone, rest assured you will hear from us! We are pleased to report that in the first three months of this year, nearly $400,000 in new pledges to the capital campaign have been received!

Questions, feedback and ideas are always welcome! Contact PSIT through the comment form on the PSIT web page, by leaving a note next to our bulletin board or by catching one of us between services in Nathan Johnson Hall. You may also use a comment form on the CCT web page  or you can reach out directly to Scott or Katie Renschler, campaign co-chairs.


PSIT Update, January 2017

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In May 2016, the Physical Space Implementation Team (PSIT) met with the Capital Campaign Team (CCT) to compare their work on behalf of the congregation toward achieving our dream of an updated and expanded campus. At that time, they realized there was a $10 million–$15 million gap between what CCT predicted our congregation could raise and the cost of the Master Plan that PSIT had developed for our future campus. After reporting back to the congregation, both teams went back to work to bridge the gap and come up with a solution that the entire congregation could embrace.

On December 4, PSIT and CCT shared the results of their combined efforts to the congregation:

  • CCT announced the exciting news that we already have $11.2 million in generous commitments toward a Capital Campaign goal of $15 million. Visit the CCT page, Not for Ourselves Alone: Our Capital Campaign, to learn more.
  • PSIT and Hacker, our architectural partners, presented a new building vision that can be completed, we believe, within a budget of $15 million.

We are very excited with the new building and renovation plans, and feedback from UUC members on December 4 was positive! We believe this concept satisfies most of what our studies revealed we would need to fulfill our mission and vision. If approved, the new UUC campus would be filled with natural light, low maintenance, and provide flexible and accessible spaces. While environmentally responsible and forward thinking, the campus would reflect the legacy of UUC. (See full vision statement, below.)

At the Special Congregational Meeting held Sunday, January 8, 2017, with 43% of UUC’s members-of-record voting (well over the required 10% quorum), University Unitarian Church staff and lay leadership received a clear and joyful mandate to move forward with the recommended Physical Space Implementation Team’s (PSIT) Master Plan, approving the supporting $15M Capital Campaign, and authorizing the PSIT to pursue the design phase. The motion passed with a 98% YES vote.

See our updated roadmap here.


Experience the new concept through the 3D fly-through (shown above) and explore the floor plans and presentation.

Vision for UUC Physical Space
This vision developed UUC’s year of discernment:

We envision a physical space that is respectful of the land, full of natural light and fresh air. Our space will be environmentally responsible and sustainable with low maintenance buildings and grounds. Our physical space must be flexible and expandable, and accessible to all who come. We want to be respectful neighbors to those around us. We see a simple design that peacefully reflects our legacy and the Northwest and is compatible with the existing sanctuary.

Let us know what you think!

Our mutual success is dependent on open and accessible communication. It is the Physical Space Implementation Team’s top priority. If you have questions or comments that you would like to share with the team at any point in time, please use the following form. A member of the team will get back to you as soon as is practical.

See what questions have been asked and the answers to those questions – Design Phase Q & A

 Contact the Team

Send the team your comments or questions (see link above for responses) with the following form:


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Current Status and Schedule

More Information

Feasibility and Master Plan Q & A (March 31, 2017)

January 2017 Motion Background (January 8, 2017)

April 2016 PSIT Update (April 28, 2016)

Read the Evaluation of Regulated Materials report (February 25, 2016)

Read the UUC Feasibility Study Final Report (November 17, 2015); refer to the Appendices to this report.

See the updated feasibility study diagrams created after the August 16th Town Hall meeting (August 26, 2015).

See the feasibility study diagrams from the August Town Hall meeting (August 16, 2015).

Read the presentation from the August Town Hall meeting (August 16, 2015).

Read all about THA Architecture (now Hacker) at their web site (June 2015).

Review the original long-term roadmap of the Physical Space project at UUC (March 2015).

Review the programming requirements being used in the selection process for architectural firms (January 2015).

Read all about the history and architecture of our current building.


In case you’re wondering how we got here…

After the year of discernment, one of the five strategic outcomes our congregation endorsed is to create a home designed to function and support our community and a place to live our mission and vision. A place that preserves the structure and beauty of architect Paul Kirk while it provides room for growth and functional improvement. One better suited for us today, and tomorrow.

During the Year of Discernment we collected a great deal of input on the problems within our buildings. When we described our future physical space, we prioritized the following attributes:

  • Open, light, and warm
  • Welcoming, engaging, and allowing easy flow of people
  • Allowing nature in by capturing light and views of the mountains.
  • Conducive for intergenerational interactions and barrier free for cultural and physical differences
  • Flexible spaces for multiple current and future uses1
  • Well supported with technology and storage
  • Honoring of UUC’s 100 years of traditions
  • Sustainable, green building standards with low maintenance building and grounds
  • Secure and safe, yet allowing movement throughout and welcoming to visitors

In 2012, we formed an implementation team that actively reviewed that input and researched the experience of other churches in the Northwest faced with replacing or renovating their structures. With the help of The Member  Architects Advisory Team (MAAT), we found an experienced architectural firm who guided us through a feasibility study. The study determined that we are best able to fulfill our Mission & Vision by remaining on this site, renovating and expanding our current building. In November 2015, the congregation overwhelming approved this conclusion. We then moved into the  Master Plan phase. The Master Plan will guide us through the remainder of the project.