Embrace & Transform Building Project

Embrace & Transform Building Project

Here are the latest updates about our Embrace and Transform Building Project.

Permit Received – Demolition and Construction Preparation Begins

This week, we received our construction permit from the City of Allen and we are underway with our Embrace and Transform Building Project. This project is a result of multi-year journey of planning, congregational feedback, designing, cost optimizations, and price negotiation. One of our primary goals as a Building Committee is to keep our congregation informed of the progress on the project. Here are a few key facts: Our General Contractor, Hill and Wilkinson, has significant experience with all types…

Groundbreaking and Potluck Luncheon

We are breaking new ground! First United Methodist Church of Allen formally announces its 17,250 sq ft renovation & expansion capital improvement project. We invite you and your family to join us for our groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday, August 19, at 12:15pm at the church’s north entrance followed by a potluck luncheon in the gym. North Texas Conference North Central District Superintendent Dr. Ron Henderson will be in attendance as well as leaders from the City of Allen, the general…

Congregation Approves Building Project

On Sunday, August 5, FUMC Allen held a congregational meeting to vote on a “Proceed with Construction” proposal for the Embrace and Transform Building Project.  After a presentation from our Building Committee, the congregation overwhelmingly approved moving forward with the project with 96 percent of the attending members voting in favor. The Building Committee appreciates your confidence in their thousands of hours of work on the project. This week, we executed the contract with Hill and Wilkinson, our general contractor…

Save The Date

A little more than a year has passed since we began receiving funds for our Embrace & Transform campaign and the building on which we hope to soon begin construction. To date, we have received well over $1.1M thanks to the faithful generosity of our members. As we continue to support this vision, we want you to know that our building committee is making tremendous progress. At this time, they are reviewing the final construction documents and will soon be…

New Nursery Showered With Gifts

On Sunday, June 17, 2018 our church opened the doors to our new nursery.  While it was not outfitted with furniture, we had a fun party showing our new room at our Nursery Shower. Almost 100 people popped in and took a look at the place where our youngest congregants will be cared for during church services, Bible study and other church activities.  It was a fun atmosphere as folks took a look at the new finishes and colors that…

Save The Date – Church Wide Building Project Meetings

A little more than a year has passed since we began receiving funds for our Embrace & Transform campaign and the building on which we hope to soon begin construction. To date, we have received well over $1.1M thanks to the faithful generosity of our members. As we continue to support this vision, we want you to know that our building committee is making tremendous progress. At this time, they are reviewing the final construction documents and will soon be…

Building Plans Finalized: Upcoming Congregational Meetings

As the days of summer are upon us, things remain very busy for our Building Committee.  Just this week, the final construction documents have been completed by GFF Architects.  Between now and mid-July, we will be working to receive final construction pricing from our General Contractor and all of the subcontractors for the various trades.  We are also in the process of finalizing financing for the project and working with the City of Allen on various project requirements.  Once the…

Building Projects: Children’s Playground

Many thanks to Barry Lunt, the scouts of Troop 306, and especially the scouts who chose to do their Eagle projects for the church. Two of three parts of the playground project are complete: taking down the toddler playground and preparing the east playground for toddlers next year. First, the scouts carefully removed the toddler climbing structure. It is stored behind the garage. They have moved a section of fence that would have been in the way of construction: They…

The Youth and the Architect

I have been excited over the past several months to be the youth representative to the Building Committee.  As part of our ongoing feedback process,  last week a meeting was held in Basecamp – the current second floor of the Children’s Center that will become the Future Youth Center of FUMC Allen. The meeting, directed by GFF Architects Associate Jeremy Roehr, was attended by several youth representatives and some members of the Building Committee.   The main topics of this meeting were…

Building Project Update/New FAQs

My name is Scott Gallaway, and I am your administrative council chairperson, a member of the building committee, and one of the unofficial photographers at the church. Over the last couple of years, we have used different formats to listen, receive feedback, and communicate with the congregation, including several town hall meetings and focus groups, about our Embrace and Transform campaign. We used all of these gatherings to help us set our priorities. This spring, we held tours of our…

Building Project Design Development/Finish Selection Update

Part of my role as the FUMC Allen Lay Leader has been the privilege of serving as a member of our Embrace and Transform Building Committee.  It has been exciting to watch the vision of the congregation become a reality as our Building Committee works with the architect and general contractor consultant to complete the plans for the new construction and renovation of our facility. Here are some updates from our recent work: The Design Development phase of our project…

Embrace & Transform Building Project Update

Progress.  Progress.  Progress.  While it may not be apparent, we’ve accomplished a lot of work on our building project.  After the architects completed schematic design, the general contractor estimated costs for us.  Through November and December, the Building Committee spent many hours scrutinizing the costs and making trade-offs to ensure every precious dollar is used effectively. We will tear down the old building that houses Youth Ministry and some offices.  That’s approximately 9,000 square feet being removed.  Then, we will…