Our building project is complete … for now
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Beaufort completed our major building project after over six years of planning, fundraising, design, and construction. We are pleased with the result!
The actual construction of the building and initial site improvements were completed in November 2016. Our Board authorized additional improvements including a sidewalk between the two buildings, rerouting of the drive to the rear parking area for improved pedestrian safety, accessible parking, improved audio/visual equipment and mounting, and a security system for the Sanctuary building. These items were completed in time for our building dedication on April 30. Of course, we thank all those who have contributed to our capital campaign and building fund, and our Unitarian Universalist Association for two grants that helped significantly. This couldn’t have been done without you!
The building dedication was a joyful celebration, with guest clergy, Mayor Billy Keyserling, and other invited guests along with many of our members and friends. Rev. Kenn Hurto, lead UUA staff of our Southern Region, gave an enthusiastic sermon that kept us all energized. Our choir, led by Chris Raskind, sang; and Jan Spencer performed an outstanding original rendition of “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack to further mark the occasion.
We are grateful to our Architecture, Building, and Construction (ABC) committee for their hard and prolonged work on this project. This committee included Larry Meisner (chair), Betty Chamlee Miller, Jim Key, and Julia Peters, with advice and guidance by our friend and planning architect Geddes Dowling. We are also grateful to our paid contractors and consultants: JoCo Construction, architect Rob Montgomery, engineer Greg Baisch of Ward-Edwards Engineering. Special thanks to Matt Zappia who provided advice and donated his time to install our much improved audio/visual system.
We know that there will be other building and site-related improvements that will be needed over the years. For now, we want to celebrate and congratulate one another!