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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

The Holland Project

Holland Foyer and ADA Remodel with HVAC Replacement

The heating and cooling unit in Holland Sanctuary is 50 years old, contains asbestos and Freon, and frequently breaks down. When it breaks down repairs are expensive and slow as parts need to be found. The cost to replace and remodel is estimated at $260,000 and this is not in the budget. An anonymous gift of $100,000 gave us the courage to try and raise the rest of the funds to do the job.

Replacing the old HVAC, which is large, releases a lot of space which can be used to remodel the restrooms off the foyer. These are small and non–ADA compliant and new restrooms could include baby changing tables and a family restroom. 

People with mobility issues have a hard time or are unable to access the eastern platform in Holland. Providing a ramp or other means of access would display our radical hospitality; All are welcome here.

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The Problem

The air conditioning/heating in the Holland Sanctuary has been the source of discussion over the last 10 years as the system is over 50 years old and parts are hard to come by to fix it. The pipes are wrapped in asbestos. The cost of replacement has held us back.  In addition, the restrooms in Holland are not ADA compliant; are small, and often have plumbing problems. People with mobility issues cannot access the lower platform in Holland in order to participate in the service.

The Solution

New, modern, energy efficient High Volume Air Conditioners (HVAC) are smaller and move more air than the one we have. We will recover much of the space from the current mechanical room in Holland. That released space can be used to enlarge and bring into ADA compliance the restrooms. New storage space can be provided. ADA access to the platform will be developed

Bob Vint, of Vint Architecture and Associates, a well-known local architect who updated the HVAC system for Southside Presbyterian Church, has been hired to design the new mechanical, electrical, and architectural solutions to our current problems. He is consulting with the church congregation and presented plans in January. He will help with the selection of a contractor from those that compete for the job. When those bids are in, we will have an accurate cost. 

The Progress Towards the Estimated Cost of the Project




Design Services and Construction Admin 




New Heating and Air Conditioning (HVAC)


Electrical work to re-feed new HAVC


Plumbing work in renovated restrooms ($5,000 ea. x 2)


Architectural work in renovated restrooms (floor & wall tile, counter, etc.)


Estimated Cost of Construction


Contingency at 10%






What Needs To Be Improved

Replace HVAC
with modern unit
Replace restrooms with ADA complient
unisex facility
Add ramp access
to the East Platform

The Proposed Plan

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