Our Future UUC Home

UUC Renovation and Expansion Project

The Physical Space and Implementation Team (PSIT) is excited to share with you the progress on our new home! Meet team members in Our Team, below.

On this page:

Building Site Photos!

See what’s happening at our project site. Look below the photos for the latest news on project activity.

Please remember: No one may visit the building site without an appointment. Thank you!

January photos

The “Imagine” stones are now part of the foundation of our future elevator, a significant new element that so many members wanted—an uplifting feature, you might say!   1/24

In 2016, congregation members envisioned a new UUC campus and set their hopes for it in stone. They painted their personal “Imagine” messages on the stones as they affirmed a wish, vision, intention or promise for the future building and UUC community.


Luis Figueroa, a member of UUC’s valued custodial staff and currently working alongside BNB, was on hand to distribute the stones before the remaining concrete was poured.

Above: a quick shot of the construction site.  1/26

Above: At lower level, the breezeway from south entrance to parking lot. Upper level will hold classrooms and restrooms.  1/26

Above: Breezeway in lower right corner … and new bridge between Nathan Johnson Hall and south wing is visible between the buildings.  1/26


Above: At left, new sheer wall in corner of sanctuary behind choir loft; at right, new plywood sheathing behind “shoji” screen and chancel.  1/20

Above: Two 1-million-BTU propane heaters for the sanctuary and NJ Hall, for temporary heat after roof, walls and windows are in place so that interior work may begin.  1/20


Above: At left, progress on the elevator pit forms between NJ Hall and the sanctuary; at right, structural steel beam positioned under NJ Hall floor.  1/20

Above: Breezeway for new southwest entry plaza taking shape.  1/20


Above: Views of first floor of south wing with joists for second floor in place.  1/20

December photos

Above: 2-story steel posts and cross beam.    12/23
What are we seeing here? Pictures are from 35th Ave NE sidewalk, near UUC driveway. The posts are set parallel to the south building’s west wall (and therefore, also parallel to the sidewalk). The posts are about 9 feet from the building. From the parking lot, there will be a walkway between the building and the posts (plus additional patio and seating west of the posts). The upper floor of the south building will extend to the posts, creating an overhang—and so the walkway will be covered.

Above: Plywood begins to enclose the lower floor of the south building. Windows for admin offices are taking shape. 12/13

Above: framing for first floor walls go up.  12/10

Above: Our BNB project manager, Alex, leads the PSIT–Owner’s Rep team on a site visit.  12/10

Above: Below Nathan Johnson Hall, the dirt is gone and new concrete covers recently installed pipes/utilities.

Above: Between NJH and the sanctuary, this new wall will be in the hallway downstairs, and it will support the new north entry above. (The tree will be removed; that is where the upstairs entry will be.) 12/10

Above: Very exciting: the structure below our new elevator is going in! This is just east of the wall shown in photo set above. 12/10

November photos

Above: Concrete footings for south building were poured.  11/12

Above: Forms for footings for new south building; concrete pour expected next week. 11/9

Above: Sanctuary has scaffolding to the highest points. West and south walls are stripped to studs/wood.  11/9

Above: Loft stairs are gone; new door has been cut into wall (up high!) for future mezzanine entry to loft.  11/9

Above: Trying out paint samples. (Fear not: beams will not be green!)
Back wall of sanctuary is bare to studs.  11/9

Above: Half the chancel is gone. Beams removed from below; will be repurposed.
Ramp to chancel will go along right wall.  11/9

Above: A peek inside Nathan Johnson Hall …

… and a peek below, in old Knatvold and other spaces. In goes plumbing, electrical … and hello dirt.  11/9

Above: Meet Alex, our BNB project manager. Next to him, an air horn, fire extinguisher and safety notices. 11/9

Hanging from ceiling, massive power source with outlets. This removes trip hazards from floor area. 11/9

Above: The south wall of sanctuary, viewed from NJH. Check out the wood-scrap walling!
Big plastic area is entry to sanctuary. Smaller plastic above is new entry to loft from future mezzanine within NJH. 11/9

Above: Lower level of sanctuary building 11/9

Project News and Activity

Nov. 2018:

  • No one may visit the building site without an appointment. Thank you!
  • Week of Nov. 12-16: Excavating elevator pit, pouring concrete footings for social hall, excavation work for south wing’s slab on grade
  • Week of Nov. 19-21: Pouring concrete slab on grade for south wing
  • See updated photo of our on-site BNBuilders team (under Our Team, below)
  • Bernard Jalbert has joined Lee Anne Warner and Byron Krystad on the UUC Owner’s Rep Team, a subteam to PSIT, that meets weekly with BNBuilders and Hacker. Learn more

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Get Involved

All of UUC is in this exciting project together—thanks to the participation and support from hundreds of members, UUC teams, staff, volunteers and donors.

If you have questions about the building project, reach out to members of the PSIT team, use our Share Your Ideas form below or call the UUC office at (206) 525-8400.

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Our Team

Meet the UUC volunteers, staff, architects, contractors and other professionals who are working together on your behalf.

UUC Physical Space Implementation Team (PSIT)

Members, left to right: Rev. Jon M. Luopa; PSIT chair, Lee Anne Warner; Stacy Carlson; Jan Hood; Carolyn Rasch; Byron Krystad, UUC Director of Operations

Convened in 2014 to guide the process of achieving a new home for UUC. We welcome you to connect with us, either in person or using our form to Share Your Thoughts.

UUC Member Architects Advisory Team

Bernard Jalbert, Architect; Emily McNichols, AIA LEED AP Homes; Eric Denny, AIA

Tom Schmidt, Emily Knudsen Leland, Corey Martin, Amelie Reynaud, Jennie Fowler, Jonah Cohen, Andrew Schilling, Hao Zhou

UUC selected Hacker, based in Portland, OR, as our project architects in April 2015. This firm of 50+ is “united by a desire to create spaces that enrich the world—spaces that make us feel more connected to the landscape, each other and ourselves.” Learn more at Hacker.

Alex Garcia, Jason Steinbacher, Conrad Nygren, Ben Roe

UUC selected BNBuilders in April 2017 as our general contractor. Often called “BNB” for short, the company takes an integrated approach and is committed to customer service. BNB has worked with Hacker on previous projects. Learn more at BNBuilders.

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Share Your Thoughts

Let us know what you think! Our project success is dependent on open and accessible communication, and this is the top priority for the Physical Space Implementation Team (PSIT).

Submit your questions, comments and ideas

We respond to all inquiries—just be sure to include your name! We invite you to review past questions and answers –
Construction Development Phase Q&A

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Project Vision and History

Project Vision Statement

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.

How We Got Here
Summary of Our Progress to Date
Archived Project Documents

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