Client: The Unitarian Universalist Church of the South Hills
Location: Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Architect: Rothschild Doyno
This lay-led fellowship, began in the 60s, purchased the property now known as Sunnyhill in 1971. A 1992 expansion helped to support the growing congregation, but in 2006, the space was still too small. After considering moving entirely, the congregation determined that a renovation was the most sensible route. Ten years after the discussion began, ground was broken at Sunnyhill.
With a budget of $3 million, the fellowship had a list of desired outcomes, and TEDCO was sure to stay true to their vision. A meeting room with space for 300 people, and extra to grow into, was the main goal. This room utilizes large glass windows to bring nature into the space.
Also in the expansion are larger, more modern classrooms, a large kitchen, and overall ADA improvements. The exterior in particular was kept in the existing design of an eclectic English cottage.
My hope and my prayer is that our new building will better match the church we already carry with us in our hearts, and that it will help us bring to our community and our world the blessing of many windows and one light.