September 2018 Update
Ground Floor Construction Just Around the Corner!!

Construction drawings and sub-contractor bids are being finalized, and permit applications submitted. The “basement” has been cleaned out – books sorted and stored, music files moved, things thrown away – it is now ready to be transformed into the “Ground Floor.” And the elevator has even been ordered because there is a long lead time for its delivery. It is looking like construction will begin by the middle or end of September. THANK YOU ALL!!

Once construction starts, use of the sanctuary building will be restricted during normal working hours, 7 am to 4 pm Monday – Friday.

On the fundraising side of things, we have received 20 extra gifts since May as part of the OWLL (Our Whole Lower Level) Campaign, amounting to almost $121,000. CVUUS has also received $10,000 from Bob Kellogg’s estate, $6,000 of which has been credited to the Ground Floor account. Among other things, this means that we met our $18,000 kitchen challenge match, raising a total of $36,000 for equipment (stove, oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, etc.), cabinets, counters, and sinks. Including 3 bequests (Fenn, Swift, Kellogg), the total raised so far for the Ground Floor is $850,000. WOW!

Despite this incredible generosity, there are still several items NOT funded so far. These include audio or visual equipment for the Ground Floor, heat pump/ air conditioners for either floor, library shelving/ desk/ other furniture, built-in benches, and outdoor landscape and gardens besides the entry walk.

If you are interested in contributing to help raise these funds, please fill out a gift form (available here)

For more information:

Project generally: Steve Maier

Steve Maier ( or 802-238-6699)

Ground Floor design or construction:

Jean Terwilliger ( or 802-989-7249) or Llyn Rice ( or 802-443-8028)

Kitchen: Kate Gridley ( or 802-989-1928) or Alan Moore ( or 865-335-2028)

April 2018 Update

The Ground Floor Design Team has been hard at work since the February congregational meeting and is now poised and pleased to present a revised budget that maintains core project elements AND reduces total costs by almost 10% — see table below for details.  The net result is that the gap between projected income and         expenses has been reduced by about $85,000 to a new total of $88,315.  As before, this number does not      include estimates for kitchen equipment, counters, cabinets, fixtures, etc.

We’re also excited to announce that project construction will begin in September and last for 3-4 months.    Between now and then, we will conduct a final fundraising push that will provide both a broad invitation to participate and a focused effort on people who express a desire to help.  Look for more information soon from the Capital Campaign Team.  If you have any questions or would like to help us reach our goal, please contact any member of the Team: Ellen Flight, Kate Gridley, Steve Maier, Brett Millier, Alan Moore, Ted Scheu, or Rev. Barnaby.

ITEM Amount –


Revised Amount – April Notes
Construction Cost Base Project 677,889 615,431 9% reduction due to careful review and project simplification
Owner’s Costs (designs, drawings, permit fees, contingencies, etc.) 211,884 188,884 Deleted A/V, added paint, increased bridge loan interest estimate 2-3 years as pledges come in
Total Base Project Cost 889,773 804,315 9.6% reduction
Revenues Received or pledged to date (716,000) (716,000) $670K in pledges and $46K in bequests
Balance Remaining 173,773 88,315 Reduced from February; not including kitchen
Kitchen Equipment Allowance, incl. hood 25,000 25,000 Not included in above; assuming some used equipment
Cabinets, counters, fixtures, sinks, etc. 29,000 20,000 Not included in above; still working to reduce further


February 2018 Update

We had a successful congregational meeting and discussion after services on February 18th.  Materials presented and discussed at that meeting include:

Process Summary to Date:

  • June 2015 congregational vote to proceed with project and capital campaign – $880,000
  • Winter/ Spring 2016 – decision to delay capital campaign and conduct 2-year canvass for operating budget
  • Winter/ Spring 2017 – capital campaign resulted in $672,000 in pledges; so far, about half of the pledge gifts have been made and gratefully received
  • Summer/ Fall 2017 – proceeded to full architectural drawings and hired construction management company
  • Fall 2017/ Winter 2018 – detailed cost estimates, including with sub-contractor bidding


  • Move forward with Base Project (click for more details)
  • Continue work with gbA, engineers, Russell and Subs to explore less expensive options to achieve same/ similar ends (value engineering) – cost reduction goal of 5-10% or $45-90,000
  • Convene kitchen team to explore less expensive (including used) equipment, counters, cabinets, etc.
  • Prepare for additional fundraising to begin in May or June after canvass for annual operating budget (March – April)
    • Goal to be determined after work above
    • Decide at that time whether to include kitchen items
  • Construction start projected for September

Campaign Report – May 2017

CVUUS has had a great campaign.  We have focused on Building More Love and on getting as many people involved as possible, with the idea that if we did that right, generous gifts would follow.

And generous gifts did follow, in many forms: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!  The May 2017 Campaign Report is here.

Next Steps for the Ground Floor

Since the Annual Meeting in June, when we voted to proceed with next steps of the Ground Floor completion project, the CVUUS Ground Floor Teams have been busy working with our architects and others in the congregation on the designs for the wonderful space. Since we have not reached our project goal of $850,000, we had some choices to make. We’ve worked on the whole project, but parts that have received special attention include the kitchen, bathrooms, heating and air conditioning options, electrical service needs, windows, and how to best work with a general contractor for the project.  All this work has pushed back our schedule a bit.  It now looks something like this:

◦ September 1st: Issue Request for Proposals (RFP) for construction management services; 50% Construction Documents due

◦ September 21st: Responses Due from Construction Manager candidates.

◦ October 1st: Interviews and Selection of Construction Manager (CM) complete

◦ November 1st: CM and subcontractor prices and estimates due

◦ November 1st to mid-January: Prepare summary documents for the congregation with designs,

budgets, and options for congregation discussions and approval.  We expect to have more detailed and precise information on what we can purchase for the $672,000 we have raised so far and what any   additional pieces of the project would cost.

◦ Mid-January to end of February: any additional fundraising the congregation decides it wants to do.

◦ April 2018 – proposed construction start date

We have been working through different designs for the kitchen space, with the latest shown here. CVUUS_Enlarged Kitchen Plan

The Building More Love Team (see below) has had an amazing experience being a part of this Campaign.  Yes, it’s been a lot of work, but our experience together and with the rest of the congregation has been very special.  We have been inspired along the way by all the ways we (all of us in the congregation) BUILD MORE LOVE, right here, right now!  And we are truly excited about the new and expanded ways we will be able to Build More Love into the future and into the wider community with the completed Ground Floor.

 “I see CVUUS as an incubator of love and hope, as a safe haven in which to envision and build the stepping stones to a more loving and peaceful world…” 

Read more of Barbara Drapelick’s testimonial.


Campaign Brochure (PDF)

The Team

The Capital Campaign Team currently includes Steve Maier, Barbara Drapelick, Ellen Flight, Kate Gridley, Connie Leach, Ted Scheu and Brett Millier, with assistance from Rev. Barnaby. Email your comments anytime to



Several recent conversations have led me to realize that an update on the Ground Floor Project is overdue.  Work has been increasing in several areas since September, as summarized below.  Please feel free to contact me ( or 802-238-6699) or other members of our CVUUS team (see below) if you have any questions.

Design and Construction Management Services – In September and October, with the help of our architects, gbA from Montpelier, we issued a request for proposals for construction management services, reviewed proposals, interviewed finalists, and selected Russell Construction from Rutland.  Since that time, we have been working together to refine designs, identify options, and estimate costs.  This work will continue at least into January.  We will schedule a congregational meeting once this information comes together, probably some time in February or March.  We expect we will not be able to afford everything we want, so there will be some choices to make, including whether to conduct any additional fundraising.  Once we make these decisions, gbA will finalize the designs and construction drawings and Russell will schedule and bid out the work, which may start in late spring or summer.

Building More Love Capital Campaign Pledges – While we still finalizing the full extent things, we know there will be a Ground Floor project in 2018.  So, we have started collecting capital campaign pledges.  Thank you to those who have started automatic withdrawals, made first-year pledge gifts, or donated their entire pledge.  If you have not done so already, please consider making campaign donations before the end of the year.  Everyone who made a Capital Campaign pledge should have received by now a confirmation letter and/or email from CVUUS Bookkeeper Heather Seeley with the details of your pledge.  Please let Steve Maier or Heather ( know if you have any questions.