Progress, a step at a time

We have recently received the seismic evaluation of our existing building. Now we’re working with a contractor to obtain some rough cost estimates and a prioritization scheme for the recommended improvements. While none of the improvements are required, UUFC decision-makers may wish to implement some of the consultant’s suggestions. Of course the new portions of the building will be built in compliance with current seismic code.

Our architects expect to submit the land use application for our new addition to the City of Corvallis soon, as they work through the final details of a complete application. Some mis-communication among City departments has resulted in a slight delay, and we’re working with them to clarify the issue.

So far, we have received the following information, which is posted in the online UUFC File Cabinet:

  • Soils Engineering Report
  • Property survey
  • Seismic Evaluation Report

You can find the File Cabinet under the dropdown “About Us” menu on the main webpage, or click this link.

Also, we will have Building Design Team members available one Sunday a month, after the 11 am service, to discuss, answer questions, and record input.  Please watch the weekly newsletters for the next date.


Work continues behind the scenes

The project continues to move forward, with most of the action occurring behind the scenes right now.  On December 5th our architects Brian Melton and Stephanie Fitzhugh, with a Building Design Team representative, met with planning and public works staff at the City of Corvallis to discuss the elements of a complete land use application to the city.  The requisite application for our project is a Conditional Development Permit with Lot Development Option, which will include three variances from standard requirements.  Our specific requested variances will focus on pedestrian improvements (sidewalk and landscaping replacement) and vehicular access (driveway standards).

In an information-packed and slightly frustrating meeting, we gained a better  understanding of the city’s checklist for a complete land use application, which will be submitted in early 2018.  After a 30-day completeness review, the city will either request more information or declare the application complete and schedule a hearing before the Planning Commission.

When our application is declared complete, and before the city mails formal notice of the Planning Commission hearing, we will host a neighborhood meeting at UUFC.  This will allow concerned neighbors to ask questions and voice concerns.  A neighborhood meeting is always a good idea, providing an opportunity for nearby residents to learn of our plans directly from us, and engage with us in an informal setting.  Conversations can occur and issues can be discussed, which will ideally lead to a more streamlined and non-confrontational Planning Commission hearing, and a more cohesive neighborhood.

Right now the architects are working on our land use application, informed by the results of the completed property survey and geotechnical report.  While this is underway we are awaiting the completion of a seismic/structural evaluation of the existing structure; and a task force has begun examining options for replacing flooring in the sanctuary.  The Board of Trustees has placed the flooring replacement on a fast track, not dependent upon the new construction.  In January a kitchen design team will begin meeting to research and recommend a plan for the new kitchen.  Also underway is a task force to deal with the large cedars on the east property line.  They will be removed and replaced with more appropriate trees, with a timeline yet to be determined.

For a refresher on the previous work of the Building Enhancement Project, the Our Shared Future campaign, and the steps our congregation has taken to reach this stage, please refer to this page of the UUFC website.


Welcome to the Building Enhancement Project Blog!

Many-religios-rootsThis blog will allow you to follow the progress of building and site changes at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis.  Thus far, the soils engineering report and the boundary and topographic survey have been completed.  A seismic evaluation of our existing building will be undertaken within the next few weeks, and a report produced.  Our architects, Di Loreto Architects, are in the process of developing schematic designs, which will be presented to the entire congregation at a future date, to be determined.