Design & Construction

Affordable Church Renovation: Closing The Gap with New Life

Abandoned and vacant for ten years, an old automotive dealership gets new life to bring generations together.

Alison Istnick  ·  December 29, 2017

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Since they use quite a bit of video they wanted to reduce ambient light sources to control light levels. There weren’t any windows in the auto repair bay to begin with so we didn’t have to add anything, we just closed that up.” The white box style auditorium provides seating for 350, a stage, choir loft, baptistry and backstage support/utility spaces.

Behind that a fellowship/multi-purpose area was created for recreation, meals and other assembly events. Improvements made to the overall site range from repaving the existing parking lot to new sidewalks and a concrete plaza that provide a distinct entryway. Landscaping and reseeding served to update the property.

“All of this work was accomplished for a construction cost of $1,061,000 which translates into $68.00/sf, approximately half of what this project would cost had it been all new construction on an undeveloped site,” tells Cox and concludes, “By renovating this building not only did Memorial Baptist provide a new home and identity for their ministry, they were able to take a property that had been run down and useless and restore it to a new life with a Kingdom building purpose.”

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