University Temple UMC
New Building Project
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
As of 3/24/2020
What will happen to furniture, equipment, cabinets, and other items that we will not need or reuse in the new facility?
The Building Committee’s objective is to find a reuse for all salvageable items that we will not reuse in the new facility. We have been in contact with three organizations that specialize in salvaging and finding second homes for almost all the material, furnishings or fixtures that are now in the University Temple. All have good track records of placing salvaged items in new homes and we will select one to lead the salvage effort.
Will members of our congregation have an opportunity to request a keepsake from the Temple?
Yes, members of the congregation wishing a keepsake from the Temple may identify what they would like. Items of interest will be identified and marked, and the salvage company will remove and save them at their outlet facility for reclaim by the member. The salvage company will ask a price for this benefit depending on the complexity and cost of removal for the items of interest.
What is the plan for the organ?
Several organizations with the technical expertise to handle the organ removal, repair and reinstallation have been asked to submit proposals. The proposals from the organ companies will be only one piece of our planning process for the organ. The other important piece of the discernment process is how the organ fits into our future goals for mission and ministry of the church.
Will the new facility look like a church?
The new facility will be a more modern design than early 1900’s churches. The new church will have a large sanctuary window in the front wall and a design that sets it apart from the student housing towers above.
What is the plan for the stained glass windows?
The stained glass windows will be carefully removed by the Earthwise salvage company. They will then be offered for sale at their outlet store and on their website. They have been successful in finding new homes for stained glass. The Children’s window at the west end of the Narthex will be removed, reframed and rehung in the library of the new facility.
Will the new sanctuary have a high ceiling?
Yes, the sanctuary floor to ceiling height is planned for 39’6” at the center line.
What is the plan for the pews?
Old Church pews are quickly placed into new homes by the salvage companies. They are easily refitted and used for a variety of purposes.
What are plans for interior storage in the new building?
We are designing storage spaces in the new facility. This is an important consideration for chairs, tables and equipment that will be used in the Sanctuary, Narthex and Parish Hall. Other important storage spaces include janitorial supplies and equipment, and records archiving.
When can “Save for Storage” boxes get moved to storage, so we have work space for inventory?
We do not expect to have off-site storage available until late this year.
What is our current schedule?
The schedule plans for church functions in our current building to end Dec. 31st of this year and all tenants will be vacating by the end of this year. Church members should plan for removal or identification of keepsakes immediately after January 1, 2021. Prepping the church for demolition will start Feb 1st and access to the church will be restricted after that date. Actual demolition is scheduled to start April 15th and construction is scheduled to start July 1st 2021. The current schedule is still on track pending a timely completion of permitting processes by the city or complications due to the coronavirus epidemic.
How will the coronavirus pandemic affect our project?
While there is uncertainty related to the coronavirus issue we are currently holding to the original schedule. We are in close contact with our partner American Campus Community (ACC). They feel that they are in a strong position to weather this issue and are proceeding ahead per our original schedule.
If ACC takes a deferment will we stay in the building?
We are not planning to stay in the building. Many of the issues in planning the building project need to be decided prior to any decision by ACC to defer the project. We cannot simply turn off and back up the decisions that must be made in advance. Procurement of alternate spaces for office, worship and storage are among the issues that must be decided in advance. Our current tenants will be vacating at the end of this calendar year per agreements that needed to be made for the project to proceed.
Where are we moving to?
The Board of Trustees has recommended that we accept the UW bookstore for office space and worship space with some modifications of lease terms. The start date of the lease would be for January 1st of 2021.
As of 3/24/20