Accessibility Building Project Updates

Accessibility: From Dream to Plan

The Accessibility Building Design Task Force has been meeting with stakeholders and the architect and now has a rough working plan. The plan includes:

  • a new street-level main entrance through the RE wing
  • a new self-operating elevator (no key or clunky gate)
  • an internal ramp to manage the two different levels of our first floor
  • gender-neutral bathrooms on both floors
  • relocated offices
  • and, possibly, a sprinkler system.

The architect is gathering cost estimates, which the Task Force will review, tweaking the plans until we have something affordable that accomplishes as much of what we want as possible. Current plans are for the final design to be presented at a congregational meeting in November or December. Meanwhile, the Capital Campaign for the project is gearing up to kick off this fall. 

 Most Recent Plans

Accessibility Task Force Update

We are moving forward!

The next step in our plans to make the church more accessible and welcoming is to hire an architect to help us figure out exactly what is feasible, based on what our consultant has told us we can afford. We have selected the architect and are contracting Architectural Consulting Services ( of Lowell to do the feasibility study. The firm's Principal and Director of Design, Jay R. Mason, has 28 years of experience in the field of architecture. The firm specializes in renovation and historic rehabilitation and is committed to sustainable, energy-efficient design. Mr. Mason is LEED-certified (qualified sustainable designer) and involved with the Lowell Green Building Commission. The firm also has experience with UU churches, having worked on the renovation of the Westford UU church, installing their elevator.

The Task Force will have preliminary feedback from the architect for the congregation before the end of the church year in June. Their next meeting is April 17 at 11:30 am.

Meanwhile, a Fiscal Task Force is being formed to develop a budget and financing plans for the project. The first meeting of the Fiscal Task Force will be April 10 at 11:30 am. All who are interested in contributing to this discussion are invited to attend.

Contact Info

First Parish Church
2 Westford St
Chelmsford MA 01824