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  • Buildings and Grounds Committee, June 2017

    Larry Nagel

    One of our goals was to have terrace landscaping in time for the Ministers’ Installation, and thanks to the hard work of Lynne Cahoon and her landscaping subcommittee, the irrigation system was installed and beautiful flowers were planted. We had our first meeting with our architect to develop a plan to refurbish the Safir Room after the mold remediation. Bids for tree removal have been sent out to four contractors with a bid return due date of mid June. Finally, we hired a consultant to create a hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) plan. The HACCP plan is a systematic preventive approach to food safety from biological, chemical, and physical hazards in production processes that can cause the finished product to be unsafe and designs measurements to reduce these risks to a safe level. We are reviewing the first draft of this document.

    If any of these projects fits your interests and your skills, we would love to have you on our team. Please contact Larry Nagel at (510) 558-0842 or lwn@att.net. Or, just drop in at the Buildings & Grounds Committee Meeting, which is every fourth Monday at 4 PM in the Fireside Room (except for December and May, when it is the third Monday).

  • Report from the Buildings and Grounds Committee, April 2017

    Larry Nagel

    It seems that every time we fix one thing at UUCB something else stops working. The water heater that provides hot water to the kitchen and schools rusted through, so we had to find an immediate replace-ment since rentals were in jeopardy. Although an electric heat pump water heater was our first choice, we couldn’t take delivery on one until April 4, so we settled for a gas-fired replacement. Kudos to Lotez and Edward for hustling to have a new unit in one day! The two furnaces that provide heat to the sanctuary and the music room have been repaired, but we have to deal with the fact that the furnaces will soon require replacement and consume an enormous amount of natural gas this winter. We have hired an architect to help us come up with a plan to refurbish the Safir Room after the mold remediation, and we expect to bid out the work within a month. Some congregants may have noticed a reduction in lighting level in the Atrium and the Fireside Room. This is because some incompatible lights were used (LED lights in metal halide fixtures in the Atrium, and non-dimmable LEDs in the Fireside Room). With the help of Alice Prussin, a friend of UUCB and a lighting designer, we are now redesigning the lighting in these rooms. Finally, we have hired a consultant to review the kitchen and help us to develop a plan to repair and refurbish the kitchen so that it conforms to all applicable building and health codes.

    If any of these projects fits your interests and your skills, we would love to have you on our team. Please contact Larry Nagel at (510) 558-0842 or lwn@att.net. Or, just drop in at the Buildings & Grounds Committee Meeting, which is every fourth Monday at 4 pm in the Fireside Room.

  • Facilities Committee Report, December 2016

    It’s been a while since we reported on the care of our magnificent campus, but there is a lot of work underway. Hiring a tree maintenance company to remove the dead or dying Monterey pines on the campus is a project that has stalled for several months but is now beginning anew. A few months ago, mold was discovered in the Safir Room and work is underway to have a professional mold remediation company address this problem. We have uncovered severe dry rot in the roof beams, and we are talking with contractors about how to remedy this problem. A recent fire inspection uncovered problems with the sprinkler system in the Chrysalis Room and Conference Room, and we are having a fire system specialist repair the sprinkler system. Richie Dawkins is working with a consultant to determine what needs to be done to the kitchen to make it compliant with applicable health codes. Finally, we will be hiring a paving company to reseal and re-stripe the parking lot, including painting of curbs in No Parking zones as required by the Kensington Fire Department.

    If any of these projects fits your interests and your skills, we would love to have you on our team. Please contact Larry Nagel at (510) 558-0842 or lwn@att.net. Or, just drop in at the Facilities Committee meeting, which is on fourth Mondays at 4 pm in the Fireside Room.

  • Building Projects Update, June 2016

    The building inspector from Contra Costa County inspected the Terrace construction project on Friday, May 13 and signed off on the Final Inspection. This concludes the Terrace Project.

    Five dead Monterey pines that were in the El Cerrito portion of the UUCB campus have been removed. Contra Costa County also has granted us permission to remove 14 Monterey pines that have been declared “more than 85% dead” by our arborist. Two of those pines constituted an imminent danger because of their proximity to the playground and were removed immediately. The remaining twelve pines are being bid competitively as required by UUCB bylaws.

    On a very sad note, this is the first Beacon article that does not bear the name of our senior member, John Cahoon, who passed away on May 5. His participation, guidance, knowledge, and encouragement made the UUCB Building Projects possible, and his presence will be sorely missed.

  • From the Building Projects Management Committee

    Due to delays in the delivery of both doors and light fixtures, the Terrace remains an active construction area and will remain so for at least two weeks.  Please do not “explore” the new Terrace yet!  The Terrace doors and walkways are only to be used by construction personnel.  The Building Projects Management Committee thanks everyone for their patience.

  • Building Projects Update, January 2016

    The Terrace project is nearing completion and will be complete when the custom-manufactured doors arrive early in January and are installed. The roof project should be complete by the time you read this, and the solar panels were reinstalled and delivering power to the grid by mid-December. The tree removal project is almost permitted and will be put out for bids in late December so that tree removal can begin in early January.

    PLEASE STAY OFF THE FIRE TRAIL DURING TREE REMOVAL. There will be large, heavy equipment in operation, and this process is best observed from the safety of the Fireside Room or the Atrium. Please cooperate with the tree removal personnel to keep the UUCB campus safe.

    Please bring any problems or concerns you may have to our attention immediately.

    John Cahoon, Larry Nagel, and David Rockhold