First Universalist Church of Denver

Denver, CO

To serve its growing congregation, First Universalist Church of Denver added much needed community space, a larger and better sanctuary, classrooms and offices. The seed of the original church’s design was celebrated by moving the sanctuary from the existing rectangular concrete structure into a circular form that focuses the congregation.

Extensive programming studies were conducted to transform a poor layout while reusing many parts of the existing building and site. David Barrett and Project Manager Sam Nishek met with six different focus groups to draw out individual requirements for success.

Facility changes include upgrading energy systems, insulation, and interior and exterior finishes, all to improve the user’s experience and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Strategies for sustainability include solar photovoltaic panels, geothermal heating and cooling, heat recovery, high insulation and high performance glazing.

The spaces for religious education and fellowship are designed to be flexible for multi-uses and rental to community groups with varied requirements. The commercial kitchen will provide food for congregation gatherings as well as host catering for rental events such as weddings and other celebrations.

Throughout fundraising and construction, the Church created motivational videos on the project’s progress. Watch more videos here. 

Photos on this page were taken before construction was complete. Professional photo shoot coming in Spring, 2019.

“Your insight, good ideas, responsiveness, cooperative spirit—all of these remind me that you are our partners in this endeavor. It is a joy, and so gratifying to work with you.”

MIKE, Congregant

First Universalist Church of Denver

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