Building & Grounds

 
As part of his exploration for how Unitarian Universalism values and principles might inform the geometry of our building, our architect, Corey Martin of Hacker (then THA), did dozens of charcoal sketches. They inspired discussion with the design committee and some are reflected in the form of the building. Corey's sketches appear on other pages.

As part of his exploration for how Unitarian Universalism values and principles might inform the geometry of our building, our architect, Corey Martin of Hacker (then THA), did dozens of charcoal sketches. They inspired discussion with the design committee and some are reflected in the form of the building. Corey's sketches appear on other pages.

Over 100 congregants contributed to the vision, planning, development, and building of our new home. Everyone had an opportunity to be involved, from all-congregation visioning and sustainability workshops, short-term workgroups focusing on specific areas or concepts for our building, and committees who shepherded the process along. The Design Committee pulled together the dreams and needs of the congregation into a 43-page matrix that guided our architects. With our architects, we restated our vision statement into a list of aspirations which guided design and decision-making throughout the process. In sight at every design meeting, they are posted now in the conference room since they continue to be relevant as we build our future together.

We had our first service in our new home on February 1, 2015, and our dedication on April 24, 2015.

ASPIRATIONS FOR OUR NEW HOME

  • Warm, Inviting, and Welcoming
  • Nourishes Our Spirituality
  • Supports Connections Within Our Congregation
  • Encourages Life-long Discovery, Curiosity, and Creativity
  • Respectful of and Connected to Nature
  • Imbued with Natural Light and Fresh Air
  • Exemplar of Meaningful Sustainability
  • Gracefully Adapts to Our Growth
  • Enduring and Easy to Maintain
  • Highly Functional and Universally Accessible
  • Maximizes Value Within Our Resources
  • Serves Our Greater Community
  • Reflects Unitarian Universalist Principles
  • Simple, Elegant, Beautiful, and Timeless

Our building was designed by Hacker (then THA), an architectural firm in Portland. Jonah Cohen, Principal; Corey Martin, Principal & Design Architect; Amanda Petretti, Project Architect; Nic Smith, Construction Architect. Photos by Lara Swimmer, courtesy of Hacker.