The Space Chronicles

Foothills Is Expanding!

After eight months of hard work, the Space Committee recommended that we stay in our current location. The Board accepted this recommendation at their meeting on May 24, 2018, and this decision was presented to the congregation at the annual meeting on June 3, 2018.

Highlights of the Decision-Making Process:

  • Hired Programming Consultant to help us identify our space requirements and assess our current property.
  • Developed criteria to help us determine how best to fulfill our mission as a congregation.
  • Assessed each option (stay or go) based on the criteria, weighted according to importance.

You may read the Programming report here.
Our criteria and scoring can be found here.
And you can see more at the space committee web page.

Looking Back at June

Our next step is to hire an architectural firm, so we spent June working on a Request for Proposal (RFP) and issued it to architectural firms.

The RFP includes the following criteria:

  • Provide capacity for 400-seat Sanctuary
  • Approximately double the size of Religious Education space, Social Hall, Kitchen, and Office Suite
  • Fully integrate technology throughout the building
  • Create connection to outdoors and the native environment; draw inspiration from nature
  • Integrate security that is apparent and effective without restricting the church’s culture
  • Creative Connectivity: program adjacent spaces to work and flow together
  • Design opportunites for art; both temporary and permanent
  • Demonstrate creative utilization of current location
  • Strive for environmentally sustainable practices and efforts that are visible to visitors, guests and members, before and after the construction process

Looking Ahead to July

July will be spent receiving and analyzing responses to our RFP, providing information and answering questions from the interested firms.

July 10 – Interested firms will have the opportunity to come and view our site
July 20 – Proposals are due

The Space Committee meets on Tuesdays from 12:30-2:30 in the RE building – typically room 22. Stop in if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to!