We Passed the Motion to Expand!


 1.     Overall addition size:  24’ x 36’

2.     Vertical wheelchair lift.

3.     Handicap bathroom.

4.     A 10’ x 10’ lobby.

5.     A tower with a minimum of 2 picture windows (South and West) with lighting.

6.     A recessed wall between the tower and current building 18”.

7.     Double entrance doors on South side.

8.     The floor in main level will match Sanctuary floor, eliminating the current step down to get into sanctuary.

9.     A porch roof over South entrance doors.

10. Basement block windows will have a center area that opens.

11. Furnace and air conditioner installed in basement of new addition.

12. 200 Amp electrical service.

 Concept design Plan #26  - The new addition will allow us to have:

An additional 1,728 square feet with its own HVAC system.



1.     Lobby will be a 10’ x 10’ area and include a tower with large windows. Lighting in the tower will allow for a light that we can leave on at all times, just like Silent Unity.

2.     A slanted sidewalk up to a flat covered landing will accommodate ADA access. Double door entrance allows for easy entrance and exit.  

3.     Stairways wide enough to accommodate two-way traffic  will be accessible just off the lobby area.

4.     A vertical chair lift is accessible from the lobby.  It can hold a wheelchair and one other person. There will be a seat if someone wishes to sit down. Lift will access the Main Floor and Basement level.


Main level

1.     The South entrance current stairs and the ceiling in the current men’s room will be lowered to match the current sanctuary floor level for handicap accessibility.

2.     Hallways will be wide enough to accommodate two-way traffic.

3.     Handicap / wheelchair accessible bathroom.  This will also have the baby change table.

4.     2 Offices – approx. 11.5’ x 12’  each – one for minister and one for administrative assistant.

5.     Dedicated copy room that will also be used for administrative purposes on Sundays.

6.     8’ x 8’ coat rack area. 

7.     Future cabinets, countertop and sink for coffee area located in current parlor area.


Basement level

1.     Meeting room in basement – approx. 11.5’ x 23.5’

2.     Furnace/Utility room for future mop sink, utility sink, and stackable washer dryer.  

3.     Storage under the lobby will have a lower ceiling height – approx. 5’ high. 

4.     Current men’s room will be renovated into a new women’s bathroom with 2 – 3 stalls.

5.     The men’s room will be relocated where the current women’s room is now.



Estimated Cost $261,000

Could be higher, could be lower

(rounded numbers)

High cost items


Vertical Platform Chair Lift  - $48,000

Mechanical – Furnace, duct work  -  $26,000

Electrical    $35,000

Plumbing  -   $18,000

Addition Roof and Replace existing flat roof   -  $28,000 (Note: existing roof needs major repair)

Foundation and excavation  -   $32,000

Framing - $20,000


High cost total:   $207,000   

The rest of the cost would be for vinyl siding, sidewalk, drywall, insulation, windows, doors, lighting, trim, paint, sinks, toilets, door knob/ push bars, flooring, etc.


Non-construction estimates    $32,200  - $39,700  

1. Architectural Plan  - $15,000 (licensed architect/engineer) – City Requires

2. MEP Plans  (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing) - $5,000-$8,000 - City Requires

3. Structural Design Drawings    - $6,500 (If Required)

4. City fees -  about $1,800 building permit plus $900 to review plans

5. Performance Bond Insurance - $7,500   Recommended


The Motion which was passed:

“I empower USCL’s Board of Trustees to spend up to $300,000, which would include a $50,000 loan, to create a 1728 square foot two-story addition including a vertical chair lift which will make the building handicap accessible.  Portions of the addition would require finishing by the congregation.”

Voting will be at our special members’ meeting on Sunday, June 3rd.