Plymouth Congregational UCC
This roughly 10,000 square foot building replaces what was lost by fire about two years previous. To meet all insurance requirements, the dimensions, as well as the costs, needed to be as close to the original scope as practical. There were several alterations and improvements made. Some changes were required by more recent codes and standards, and some were based on changes within the congregation in recent years. Although the overall size of the building is very close to the original size, building safety codes now require a full fire suppression system, as well as full alarm system. Building energy codes now require that outdoor air during cool times of the day should be drawn in to the greatest extent possible, rather than continuing to run air conditioning. To make the most efficient use of plumbing and venting, the kitchen and toilet rooms are kept within the center of the building, where water temperature can be more constant for both. The floor of the new building is slightly lower, and the entire building is further west of its previous location, allowing a drive-under canopy, and more accessible parking spaces, closer to the entrance. The slight adjustment has also opened up areas for the patio.