The Art of Arrival

The Art of Arrival

The sense of arrival. Psychologically, it symbolizes the completion of a journey. Excitement is present when a destination is achieved and the experience of what lies ahead is in store. Upon arrival to a church facility, people process through a series of motions as the experience of arrival is achieved. Together, site and building work to complete the sense of arrival and enrich the experience.

Here are FIVE things to consider when contemplating how to create or improve this experience:

1. Site parking and amenities establish a precursor to the architectural experience within the facility. Is parking easily found? Are you creating touch points in the parking lot for your guests and regular attenders?

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Hire the Expert: Save Time and Money

Hire the Expert: Save Time and Money

Most of us have "enjoyed" the experience of making multiple trips to the hardware store when attempting to install what often seems to be the simplest of tasks. After this task consumes most of the day, including all kinds of time that was not planned, we rock back and ask ourselves, "why didn't I just hire a professional?".

The amateur in the scenario above most likely just spent twice or more in time and money, than if a professional would have been hired. This reminds me of a quote from the famous oil well firefighter, Paul "Red" Adair. He would tell folks, "If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional……wait until you hire an amateur!".  Candidly, he's right.

Franklin, Tennessee Church Selects Architect

Epworth United Methodist Church - located in Franklin, 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 additional children’s ministry space, student ministry space, and additional space for offices. "Our team is excited to partner with Dow Smith Company and Epworth UMC to design new facilities that will position this church well in a growing area of Franklin." stated Brian Rathsam, Project Architect for the project.

Lakewood, Colorado Church Selects Architect

 Image captured during an Intentional Workshop with  Cool Solutions Group .

Image captured during an Intentional Workshop with Cool Solutions Group.

Bear Valley Church - located in Lakewood, Colorado, recently selected Kansas City, Missouri based architect Mantel Teter to update their campus master plan for this growing church. Immediate facility needs include more seats within the existing worship space, better configured children’s ministry space and student ministry space, while improving wayfinding and connection. Providing owner’s representation and organizing the process on behalf of the church is Charlotte, North Carolina based Cool Solutions Group. "Our team is excited to partner with Tim Cool and the team at Bear Valley Church to design renovated and expanded facilities to expand this church’s reach and mission in the greater Denver area." stated David Evans, President of Mantel Teter and Principal for the project.

Antioch Kids Center Ribbon Cutting

 Photo courtesy of  Emmalee Schaumburg

Photo courtesy of Emmalee Schaumburg

Antioch Bible Baptist Church, located in Gladstone, Missouri, recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house celebration for their new Antioch Kids Center and lobby. We were honored to be a part of the celebration alongside our construction partner, Pearce Construction

Baton Rouge, Louisiana Church Selects Architect

Community Bible Church - located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, recently selected the design-build team of Mandeville, Louisiana based contractor Kent Design Build and Kansas City, Missouri based architect Mantel Teter to update their campus master plan for this growing church. Immediate facility needs include a larger worship space, children’s ministry space, student ministry space, and additional space for offices. "Our team is excited to partner with Kent Design Build and Community Bible Church to design new facilities to further this church’s mission." stated David Evans, President of Mantel Teter and Principal for the project.

Gladstone, Missouri Church Completes Construction

 Image courtesy of  Schaumburg Photography

Image courtesy of Schaumburg Photography

Antioch Bible Baptist Church, located in Gladstone, Missouri, has grown and they needed more space to support their Children's Ministry. Mantel Teter designed a new 27,000 S.F. 2-story children’s building addition to accommodate their ministry needs. Two new entrances lead the way to a large Connection Space where members and first time guests can be greeted, fellowship and check their kids into the secure children’s wing. The new building, built by Pearce Construction, supports nursery, preschool and K-5th grade age groups in classrooms of various sizes and a cutting-edge children’s worship space with AVL design by Stark Raving Solutions and a capital campaign by Rusty Lewis with Generis.

Lenexa Baptist Church Selects Architect

Lenexa Baptist Church, located in Lenexa, Kansas, recently selected Kansas City based architect Mantel Teter and Kansas City based contractor Pearce Construction. The church will be evaluating space use options at their present campus and the potential for development of other campuses. "Our team is excited to be serving this church by helping them navigate the discovery process and implement solutions that meet their ministry needs.” commented Skyler Phelps, Vice President of Mantel Teter and Principal for the project.

Journey Church International Selects Architect

Journey Church International, located in Lee’s Summit, Missouri has again selected Kansas City based architect Mantel Teter and Kansas City based contractor Fogel-Anderson Construction. After completing the construction of their Phase 1 facility in the Fall of 2016, the church has witnessed explosive growth and is ready to begin the planning process for their next phase of expansion. "Our team is so excited to be back serving this church as they grow into their master plan.” commented Skyler Phelps, the Project Architect for the project.

Bible Christian Church Selects Architect

Bible Christian Church, located in Garden City, 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. The church has two properties divided by a city street. "We’re thrilled to be serving this church and helping them discover what their needs are, who they serve and what options they might have to maximize ministry facilities." commented Brian Rathsam, the Project Architect for the project.

Community Bible Church Selects Architect

Community Bible Church, located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, recently selected the design-build team of Mandeville, Louisiana based contractor Kent Design Build and Kansas City, Missouri based architect Mantel Teter to update their campus master plan for this growing church. Immediate facility needs include a larger worship space, children’s ministry space, student ministry space, and additional space for offices. "Our team is excited to partner with Kent Design Build and Community Bible Church to develop a phased plan and design new facilities to further this church’s mission." stated David Evans, President of Mantel Teter and Principal for the project.