Frequently Asked Questions
When can I visit the building?
You are welcome to visit during our office hours from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and on Sunday mornings. Feel free to explore our trails and walk the labyrinth anytime.
Where can I park if lot is full?
You may park on Skyliners and Skyline Ranch Road, as long as you are fully out of bicycle lanes and not in front of mailboxes. On Sundays, we may use the Ruffwear parking lot across Skyliners. (Drive north one block on Skyline Ranch Road. Driveway is on Lolo Road.) Please do not park on the driveway or outside designated parking spaces.
Who designed the building? Who built it?
Corey Martin and THA Architecture (since renamed Hacker) in Portland designed it. Kirby Nagelhout of Bend built it. See Program for Dedication Service for lists of our partners, volunteers, and donors.
When was the building finished?
Our first service was held on February 1, 2015, though it wasn't quite finished. Our Dedication service was on April 26, 2015. See New Home Project Timeline for details.
What are the materials?
Western Red Cedar, inside and out. Concrete floor except for the stage and Linus Pauling Hall which are white oak. Welded tuff for the walls.
How many square feet?
17,870 sq ft
How many people does the Sanctuary seat?
216 very comfortably, plus 30 on stage. We can also expand into the Gathering Hall through the great doors.
Where are the restrooms? Diaper-changing facilities?
The restrooms are color-coded in blue on the Floor Plan. The main ones are down the north hallway (to the right just beyond the nametag cabinet). There are also three unisex/family restrooms. Diaper changing stations are available in RE, Childcare, and the family bathroom (to the right of the kitchen doors in the north hall). All restrooms are totally accessible.
Are dogs allowed?
Regrettably, no. Except for service dogs.
Are assisted listening devices available?
Yes. These are available at the Welcome Table, just inside the entry doors.
Can't the parking lot be expanded?
Not easily. We built the maximum number of spaces that the city allowed. The city is trying to encourage alternative forms of transportation. We do have a covered bike rack.We cannot park on the driveway or outside designated spaces because of fire regulations. The location link gives directions to other places to park.
How can I find people to carpool with?
Check out the sign-up sheet at the kiosk in the Gathering Hall.
Is there someplace that I may smoke?
Smoking is allowed only in the service area on the north side of the building. It is accessible through the door at the end of the service hall to the right of the kitchen. Please use ash container there.
Is there a cry room?
Not specifically, but the service is streamed to other spaces within the building. Video of the service is also available in the Founders' Fireside Room directly across the Gathering Hall from the Sanctuary.
Is WiFi accessible?
Yes. You can find the password under the clock in the Margaret Fuller Conference Room.
Is the building available for use by members and outside groups?
Yes. See Renting Our Space.
Why no solar panels?
The building is “solar ready” in that the roof was constructed to hold enough panels to power the whole building, and conduits are in. Since we couldn’t afford everything at once, we decided to wait on the panels since we can add them later when they are more efficient and cost less. This is currently being explored.