When Platteville United Methodist Church was built in 1969, there were two means of getting from the upper level to the lower level — the stairs, or driving around the church to use the entrance at the other level. The elevator project was initiated to make it easier to get from one level of the original building to the other. A task force consisting of (from left) John Putnam, Nancy Ziegenfuss, Max Anderson, Delores Gray, (not pictured) Richard Bonin and Jim Kirkpatrick began a campaign in fall 2013 to raise funds to purchase and install an elevator. The funding goal was reached in a little over a year thanks to donations from church members, and receipt of a matching pledge grant from an anonymous donor and a grant from the Ann and Leo Stoll Jr. Charitable Trust. Delta 3 Engineering recommended the removal of one of the stairways to make room for the elevator and prepared the engineering plans. Midwest Builders removed the stairwell and constructed the elevator hoistway and mechanical room in the spring. Allstar Elevators LLC installed the elevator. K&K Flooring installed tile in the elevator and hallways.
Platteville United Methodist Church gets new elevator