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Campus Renovation

Our campus is currently under renovation. We expect Phase 1, the Enrichment Center, to last until late May. Immediately after that Phase 2, Gore Hall, will begin and is expected to last about  2 months. More details on what we are doing below.


During renovation on campus parking will be restricted on Sunday mornings AND any other time there are a lot of people on campus. The campus lot will be for Guests and people with Special Needs. There will also be a Drop Off and Turnaround space.

There is plenty of off-campus parking available with just a short walk. This map will help!

Here is a downloadable pdf version of the 1U Parking Map

Contingency & Fundraising

We are maintaining a list of items are not currently in budget but that we might be able to do if there are additional donations or if we are able to realize cost savings in the overall project.

See Contingency List & Fundraising

Download Continency List and Fundraising (pdf)

Groundbreaking Ceremony

February 12, 2017, First Unitarian Church of Orlando held a joyful Groundbreaking Ceremony.

The ceremony took place on the 105th anniversary of the congregation’s founding. The congregation was originally served by Rev. Elinor Gordon, a suffragette.  Their first building, Unity Chapel, sat on the shore of Lake Eola. They moved to the current site in the late 1950’s with the construction of the Assembly Room. The Sanctuary, the last major addition, was dedicated in the January 1995.

The Vote

Thanks to February 5th unanimous congregational vote to accept the plans and financing package for the Campus Renovation as proposed by the Building the Dream Team we are now moving ahead.

Here is the background meeting on which the vote was based:

Project Background

Over the past few years, First Unitarian has been working toward an upgrade of our 3+ acre campus. There have been many twists and turns on the journey yet we continue to move forward. You can read the updates from Building the Dream Team below.

At present we are about to begin a robust renovation of two of our three buildings – Gore Hall and the Enrichment Center. These were the first buildings constructed when the congregation moved from their old site on the shores of Lake Eola in the late 1950’s. We will not be adding new space at this time but rather reclaiming and re-purposing our existing space and unifying the campus as a whole.

The Team holds a monthly update session for all interested members and friends. These meetings typically take place on the third Sunday of each month at 12:30 pm and are usually held in the Library. Watch for updates in future E-Blasts, Order of Services, announcements from the pulpit, and this webpage.

Your Building the Dream Team includes:

Christine Haskins – Team Lead

Dan Homblette – Construction Lead

John Hartgering – Finance Lead

Marty Haynie – Campaign Chair

Tommy Harrison – Communication Lead


Contact us anytime… with questions, concerns, complements, or ideas!

email @bldgcommunications@orlandouu.org



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