The congregation has completed the 2009/2010 renovation project. The project includes the following items:
• A new congregational sign on Lincoln Drive
• Doors, windows, fire alarms, and sprinklers in the 1965 annex building
• Fire alarms and sprinklers in the 1961 classroom wing of the sanctuary building.
Financing was provided a loan that will pay for the construction work and
• Reimburse the Town of Paradise Valley for the sidewalk construction (when/if billed)
• Fund up to $30,000 in capital campaign expenses
• Pay off the existing Bank of America loan and UU Foundation loan
• Fund any loan closing costs
We received very attractive terms for the loan as follows
• Up to $400,000
• Interest rate below 7% (exact interest rate depended on treasury rate at closing)
• 15-year amortization schedule subject to pay-off or refinancing after 5 years
The terms of the loan satisfied the intent of all of the requirements for a loan approved at the February 1, 2009 congregational meeting.
The new sign is located to the west of the existing sign. The overall height of 8 feet and its position on a higher elevation makes it easy to see when approaching on Lincoln Drive from either direction. It has individually mounted letters with internal indirect illumination. The time of service panels are removable and are changed for the time of year when we do one or two services. The sign is a steel frame construction sitting on reinforced concrete. It is enhanced with a low cast in place concrete wall.
The doors for the 1965 annex are solid wood core with natural finishing. The glass is 3/8” dual pane. The window framing is anodized aluminum. The doors and windows replace existing damaged areas. The work complements the new air conditioning provided by Desert View Learning Center to make these rooms more comfortable and energy efficient.
The entire campus is outfitted with an addressable fire alarm system. The system activates automatically as well as allow manual activation. It sends automatic signals to a UL listed/FM approved central station monitoring system. The battery back-up system ensures operation during power outages. The system uses both smoke detectors and heat detectors. It provides both horn and strobe warnings to aid the visual and hearing impaired.
The fire sprinkler system integrates with the existing 2001 annex system. It provides full coverage for the 1961 classroom wing and the 1965 annex. The 1961 sanctuary was added to the project to protect the entire campus. A 4” water line is routed from the hydrant access on 40th Place to service the 1961 building.
All Work was completed in the Spring of 2010.