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First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany

USING OUR BUILDING

For Public or FUUSA Member Use

To rent either classroom or large hall space, contact Alyssa Yeager at admin@albanyuu.org or (518) 463-7135. 

For FUUSA-related activities

First, check availability for a church-related activity by contacting the Office Administrator, Alyssa Yeager, at (518) 463-7135 or admin@albanyuu.org.

Use of Our Building

Our facilities can accommodate a variety of special events from concerts and weddings to theatrical performances and nonprofit fundraisers.  Community groups rent rooms on a monthly basis for various support groups; teachers rent space to give workshops; an organization can hold meetings they can’t accommodate in their own space or even an off-site retreat.  Weddings are held in the sanctuary, and can be followed by a reception in Channing Hall.  The Emerson Community Room, which seats about 300 people, is also available.

For a 360 degree tour of Emerson Community Hall, Channing Hall, the Sanctuary or a sample meeting room, and some photographs of other areas, please click on the “Take a Virtual Tour” button.

The Sanctuary, halls, and classrooms may be rented by members of the congregation and by non-members. Arrangements can be made by contacting the Office Administrator, Alyssa Yeager, at the church office (518) 463-7135 or admin@albanyuu.org.

ACCESSIBILITY: There is a handicapped accessible ramp at the Washington Avenue and the West Street entrances as well as an elevator that provides access to all floors.

PARKING: Situated in downtown Albany, parking is on the street.  On special occasions and only when classes are not in session at the University at Albany (across the street) we can request permission to use their two parking lots.  Four to six weeks lead time is needed to gain this permission.  There is also a municipal lot two blocks east of the church on Washington Avenue.

INSURANCE: All renters will provide a certificate of insurance for their event.  Typically this is provided by your homeowners’ or business’ insurance company.  If you hire a caterer or DJ they will also need to show proof of insurance.

Room Use Requirements

FURNITURE: Tables and chairs in all rooms can be arranged as you wish.  Non-profit and member renters are responsible for setting up the rooms and putting them back the way they found them.  Set-up/reset by staff is also available for a fee. When we know the furniture needs of a room’s next user, we will notify you that you may leave out certain items instead of putting them away.

KITCHEN USE: We allow private caterers to deliver and serve food at our facility.  Or, you can bring meals or refreshments in for your group.  When your event ends, you (or your caterer) are responsible for clearing the rooms of all food, beverages and garbage.  Janitorial supplies are provided.  For rentals that include kitchen privileges, a portion of the shared refrigerator and freezer space may be available, but you would be well advised to bring cold items in coolers as the refrigerator is often full.

FOOD: in other rooms: If ‘take out’ food is consumed in the lounge or any classroom, we ask that you bring the food garbage to the kitchen for disposal.  Otherwise, if trash pickup does not occur promptly, the next room user may be smelling the remains of your meal.

EQUIPMENT: Easels, TV/VCR, video projector, pianos, and sound room equipment options are available on request.  Renters must provide their own paper and markers for the easels.

HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING: Emerson Community Hall and the library (opened in 2007) are fully air conditioned.  In the Religious Education wing (1962 building) offices and some classrooms have window air conditioners.  Channing Hall and the Sanctuary (1924 building) are cooled only by exhaust fans.  All heat is operated by timed thermostats and is set by staff for your event.  Please do not change thermostats.

SMOKING: Allowed only outside the building. Please use receptacles.

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