Fredrikson Chapel Renovation is Now CompletePosted by on November 29, 2016 in "Fredrikson Chapel", nathex, "Ottawa University" The long awaited renovation of Fredrikson Chapel has been completed. A cornerstone at Ottawa University, the Chapel was in need of a complete interior refresh. Thanks to generous support of donors during OU's Advancing the Vision capital campaign, the result of the renovation is a warm, welcoming environment that is perfect for worship services, theological programs, celebration events, and other various University and community needs.
Gone is the old flooring, replaced with new carpet in the seating area and modern tile. Seating was replaced with new chairs, including removable seating that allows for a more intimate setting when needed and greater comfort. The wood tile wall was taken down and the walls were painted a clean, gray color that really showcases the beautiful stained glass art that adorns the walls. New lighting and ceiling finishes were also installed and the restrooms were upgraded to meet ADA standards.
The Froning narthex and the exterior of the Chapel were the first piece of the project to be completed. The exterior upgrades included new entry doors, refurbished stairs and new handrails while in the narthex, the tempered glass was removed and replaced with clear glass, flooring was replaced and the display case was removed and replaced with a portrait of the late Rev. Dr. Roger and Ruth Fredrikson. Additional improvements were made to the east wing and coatroom.
Former board chair Henry Scherich and life trustee Robert Froning were major donors to the project along with the Classes of 1960 and 1961 that made the Chapel their golden year gift, contributing more than $100,000 to the improvements. Fredrikson Chapel continues to receive support from the Thiel Charitable Trust, which has been a generous donor towards Chapel programming since the capital campaign started. Their contributions ensure that the Fredrikson Center for Faith and Church Vitality will be able to provide programming such as Justice Café, Adventures in Faith and Norwood Jones for years to come.