When a church opens a fitness facility, it wants the surrounding community to come in and get involved. Redemption World Outreach Center in Greenville, S.C., found a way to get its community interested at first sight. The church chose Sprung Instant Structures Inc., with a Southeast sales office in Marietta, Ga.
Sprung created a structure—clear span (with no physical obstructions) and ideal as a fitness facility—for the 13,000-member church. The Image Center, as Redemption World’s fitness facility is called, is an “approximately 45,000-square-foot building consisting of three full sized basketball courts, an elevated running track, a large weight room, a cardio theater, café, [and] spin rooms and locker rooms, complete with saunas,” reports Tray Thomason, Sprung’s Southeast sales manager.
Aside from being eye-catching and space-efficient, Thomason reports that Sprung structures offer churches a highly energy efficient insulation system that helps reduce energy costs. “The comprehensive insulation package includes up to [a] 9-inch thick fiberglass blanket insulation with an aluminum foil backing. This insulation is installed at grade level and runs all the way up to the skylight or peak of the structure [to provide] a consistently high R value on both the side walls and roof,” he says.
Another benefit of a Sprung structure is that it can be erected in a shorter time period than conventional construction, helping a church open a fully functional facility much faster.