Grace Community Church Completes Construction

Grace Community Church Completes Construction

Grace Community Church - located in Smithville, Missouri, recently completed construction for their new kid’s classroom expansion, while also renovating the lobby and kid’s check-in of the existing building. “The entire team is excited to witness the great things this new space will do for the church’s ministries.” commented Skyler Phelps, the Project Architect. Pearce Construction served as the general contractor.

Fair Haven Baptist Church Selects Architect

Fair Haven Baptist Church Selects Architect

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Fair Haven Baptist Church - located in Shelbyville, Tennessee, recently selected the design-build team of Smyrna, Tennessee based contractor Dow Smith Company and Kansas City, Missouri based architect Mantel Teter to update their campus master plan. Immediate facility needs include better configured children’s ministry space and student ministry space, while improving security and wayfinding and connection throughout the facility. "Shelbyville is an area positioned for expansive growth & we’re honored to help this church position their facilities to be ready." stated David Evans, Principal for the project.

Abundant Life Blue Springs Begins Construction

Existing big box space before demolition.

Existing big box space before demolition.

Abundant Life - located in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, has begun design for their second campus location in Blue Springs, MO. The church returned to their design and construction team of Kansas City, Missouri based architect Mantel Teter and general contractor Pearce Construction. The project will upfit an existing big box space & transform it into a church campus. "Our team is honored to partner once again with Abundant Life as they expand their footprint for the Kingdom. We love the concept of adaptive reuse and giving new life to existing buildings." stated Skyler Phelps, Vice President and Principal for the project.

Lord of Hosts Church Completes Construction

Lord of Hosts Church Completes Construction

Lord of Hosts Church - located in Omaha, Nebraska, completed construction of a massive renovation and a second video venue and entry gathering space. An exterior façade renovation to this existing retail building was also part of this major project. "This project has been transformational as new life is reborn into an old retail building.” commented Brian Rathsam, the Project Architect for the project. Local Omaha, NE contractor, Lund-Ross Constructors, served as the general contractor.

Fellowship Bible Church Begins Design

Fellowship Bible Church Begins Design

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Fellowship Bible Church - located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, has begun design for their second phase addition, a children’s ministry building. The church returned to their design-build team of Smyrna, Tennessee based contractor Dow Smith Company and Kansas City, Missouri based architect Mantel Teter to update their campus master plan, design additional children’s ministry space, student ministry space, and additional space for offices. "Our team is excited to partner again with Dow Smith Company and this awesome church and to design new facilities that will position this church for continued growth in a growing area of Murfreesboro." stated David Evans, Principal for the project.

Eudora Baptist Church Selects Architect

Eudora Baptist Church Selects Architect

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Eudora Baptist Church - located in Eudora, Kansas, recently selected Kansas City, Missouri based architect Mantel Teter to lead them through a metrics analysis, discovery and design process to update their campus master plan. Immediate facility needs include children’s ministry space, additional space for lobby & gathering, and large group multipurpose space to take pressure off the Sanctuary. "Our team is excited to partner with this church & develop an updated master plan and design new facilities to help this church impact the Kingdom." stated Brian Rathsam, Project Architect for the project.

Journey Church International Begins Sanctuary Addition Design

Journey Church International Begins Sanctuary Addition Design

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Journey Church International - located in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, has begun design for their third phase addition, a new Sanctuary. The church returned to their design and construction team of Kansas City, Missouri based architect Mantel Teter and Fogel-Anderson Construction to update their campus master plan and the new Sanctuary space. "Our team is excited to partner again with this awesome church and to design new facilities that will position this church well in a fast-growing area of Lee’s Summit." stated Skyler Phelps, Vice President and Principal for the project.

Grace Community Church Construction Update

Grace Community Church Construction Update

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Image courtesy of Pearce Construction

Grace Community Church - located in Smithville, Missouri, is nearing completion on their kid’s classroom expansion, while also renovating the lobby and kid’s check-in of the existing building. “The entire team is excited to complete construction and we’re anxious to witness the great things this new space will do for the church’s ministries.” commented Skyler Phelps, the Project Architect. Pearce Construction is serving as the general contractor.

Fellowship Greenwood Begins Construction

Fellowship Greenwood Begins Construction

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Fellowship Greenwood - located in Greenwood, Missouri, has begun construction of their new children’s ministry building and entry/atrium renovation. A brand-new parking lot expansion was just completed as well. Pearce Construction is serving as the general contractor. The project is expected to complete construction in July 2019.

Vineyard Church Completes Education Addition

Vineyard Church Completes Education Addition

Vineyard Church - located in Kansas City, Missouri, north of the river, has completed construction of their new 2-story children’s ministry building addition. Skyler Phelps, the project architect, notes “The project was very successful, providing needed ministry space for building balance with seats in worship, while providing better security and people flow between services.” Pearce Construction served as the general contractor.

Sheffield Place is Making a Difference

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Sheffield Place is a local Kansas City charity that is near and dear to our hearts. Skyler Phelps has served on the board for 12 years and is currently serving as the board President. We are honored to be apart of such a wonderful organization that is making a difference in the lives of homeless mothers and children of Kansas City. Sheffield Place has earned the coveted 4-Star rating from the independent rating agency Charity Navigator for the 3rd year in a row. The agency received a perfect score of 100 for financial health, transparency and accountability. Sheffield Place is the only Kansas City nonprofit to receive a perfect score and is one of only 67 nonprofits in the U.S. to achieve top honors. See the rating for Sheffield Place at www.charitynavigator.org.

We are excited to be a small part of Sheffield Place’s incredible success and look forward to serving again this year. We invite you to join us in empowering homeless mothers and their children to heal from their trauma and help them become self-sufficient.

First Presbyterian Church Begins Construction

First Presbyterian Church Begins Construction

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First Presbyterian Church - located in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, has begun construction of several renovation projects. The church returned to their design and construction team of Kansas City, Missouri based architect Mantel Teter and Olathe, Kansas based contractor Harmon Construction. The project will add an entry covered canopy to the main entrance and renovate several interior spaces throughout the church. "Our team is privileged to partner once again with this church as they renovate their existing buildings." stated Brian Rathsam, Project Architect for the project.

Top Church Design Trends for 2019

Top Church Design Trends for 2019

Almost upon us, 2019 is expected to be a year of changes that will reshape--or at least refine-- houses of worship. Designers agree that the worship space should serve the church as an expression of its brand while becoming an engaging tool for its mission.

Architects, designers and AVL professionals weigh in, predicting what will happen in the coming year:

1-Multisite movement continues to flourish. The multisite movement is stronger than ever, notes David Evans, president of Kansas City, Mo.-based architectural firm Mantel Teter. “The movement’s next chapter will be to start or acquire campuses to reach and minister to residents of specific communities. Many demographics will influence these choices and a church’s ministry skill sets. This could be churches or other retail/big box properties that will be renovated for church and community uses.”

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Briarcliff Church Construction Progress

Briarcliff Church Construction Progress

Briarcliff Church - located in Kansas City, Missouri, recently completed renovating their Sanctuary, Lobby, and other support spaces. "This project took an existing church facility and repurposed space with new relevant life and we’re excited with how the project turned out for Briarcliff Church. They now have more functional space for their ministries that better reflects the church’s DNA.” commented David Evans, the Principal in Charge. Pearce Construction served as the general contractor.

Trustee Building Completes Renovation

Trustee Building Completes Renovation

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, located in Kansas City, Missouri, recently completed renovating their Trustee Building to provide improved state of the art classrooms and staff office space at the core of the seminary campus. "Our team is thrilled with how the project turned out, the spaces are even more functional and relevant for their staff and students.” commented Skyler Phelps, the Project Architect. Pearce Construction served as the general contractor.

Lord of Hosts Church Completes Construction

Lord of Hosts Church Completes Construction

Lord of Hosts Church recently purchased a shopping center, Millard Plaza, where they had been leasing space. The project included a major upfit and update of the interior spaces and an exterior façade renovation to this existing retail building. "This project has been transformational as new life and use is reborn into an old retail building.” commented Brian Rathsam, the Project Architect for the project.

Drury Alumni Invitational

Drury Alumni Invitational

On Friday October 5, 2018, the Department of Fine & Performing Arts and the Pool Art Center Gallery held an opening reception featuring works by our very own, Skyler Phelps and Brian Rathsam, along with other Drury University Alumni. Below are a few photos from the event.