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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills

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Access Project Update 4Feb2015

Author Nadine Sapirman, Written Feb 4, 2015

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Insulation in hallway, UUCSH addition

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Insulation in interior Fellowship Hall wall, 3Feb15

We’re flying through the inspections on the Access Project!  In the past two weeks, we’ve passed the electrical, plumbing, framing and insulation inspections.  The insulation was put in on Monday and Tuesday of this week.  The crews are working on sheetrocking the new walls in the addition.  

Energy efficiency has been an important component of the decisions made for the project.  The walls will be well insulated.  And we’re installing high-efficiency heating and air conditioning units to use less energy and save the congregation money.

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UUCSH heating unit for first floor at 123 East Cliff

Replacing the boiler that provides heat for the first floor at UUCSH was not officially part of the Access project.  It was determined a necessity as we learned in November how old (35-40 years) the old unit was.  The old unit took up an entire corner of the mechanical room.  The new unit is only 9 inches deep, and is mounted on the wall–very sleek!  It’s rated at 95% efficiency, compared to the old unit’s approximate 65% efficiency.

Two new ADA-compliant doors were installed in the front of the sanctuary this week.  They are wider to allow comfortable access for those in wheelchairs.

Things are coming together as we enter the final weeks of this project!

Mark your calendar for the building dedication:  Sunday, May 3, 2pm.  Details coming soon!