Grace Community Church Construction Update

Grace Community Church Construction Update

Image courtesy of  Pearce Construction

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

Drone Flyover courtesy of Pearce Construction

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.

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.

Team Building at Top Golf

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Our team recently had the chance to get together for a team building event at Top Golf, in Overland Park, KS. We had a great time and appreciated the golf pro who was available for some quick pointers to improve our swing. Although some of us didn’t need any pointers, particularly Skyler!

Auralization and Architecture Collide

Auralization and Architecture Collide

Believing in what cannot be seen is a fact of life in religion. It’s also the case when it comes to acoustics, where sound interacting with the broadly variable geometry of church architecture can create anything from a heavenly aural penumbra around music to an echoic jumble around the spoken word.

In the past, knowing which way it was going to turn out was often as much a gamble as it was a sure thing. However, house-of-worship AV systems consultants and specifiers are increasingly turning to acoustical consultants and technology to help them know what a new or renovated church’s sonic future might hold.

Their tools are room-simulation and acoustical-evaluation software such as CATT-Acoustic, Odeon and EASERA. The platforms have been in use for about a decade, but their use has become much more widespread in the last several years, applied to a wider range of projects and venues, including more and more often, houses of worship.

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Home Church Selects Architect

Home Church - located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, recently selected the design-build team of Dallas, Texas based contractor Goff Companies and Kansas City, Missouri based architect Mantel Teter to assist this church in their relocation to an existing vacant retail big-box. Immediate facility needs include an expandable worship space, atrium/lobby, children’s ministry space, student ministry space, and space for offices. "Our team is excited to partner with Goff Companies and Home Church to design renovated facilities to further this church’s mission." stated David Evans, President of Mantel Teter and Principal for the project.

Intentional Churches Workshop

UNLEASH: RELEASING THE GOSPEL POTENTIAL OF YOUR CHURCH

The purpose of the event is to develop Great Commission momentum in your church. Your team will experience the foundations of Intentional GrowthPlanning and leave with a clear vision and action plan to double your Kingdom impact.

The workshop will be led by an experienced Intentional Churches facilitator alongside two additional Intentional Churches coaches who assist during the event. The facilitators and coaches use Intentional GrowthPlanning to grow their church and coach and train other churches to do the same.

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How to Select Timeless Materials and Colors

How to Select Timeless Materials and Colors

This has to be my most frequently asked question during a design process with our clients… “how can we keep our building from looking dated in 10, 15, 20 years”? My first response is always “you can’t.” Design trends come and go. What is popular today may not be tomorrow. Unfortunately, for most of our clients, the ability and funds to change their space like owners of hospitality spaces do, is not possible. They cannot switch carpet and countertops every five years. So, the trick is to find little ways to maximize not only the money spent, but the years in which our products will last. The good news for our clients is that there are several ways we can achieve a “timeless” look and beat those fleeting design trends.

1. Stay as neutral as possible with your most expensive and longest lasting materials. For example, don’t pick red carpet, blue countertops or overly trendy-looking tile. Instead, let your paint and accent colors be the trend. Green is very in right now. Paint a wall or two in your lobby green and the rest can stay very neutral. Paint is easy and inexpensive to change, especially if it’s just one wall.

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Grace Community Church Breaks Ground

Grace Community Church Breaks Ground

Grace Community Church - located in Smithville, Missouri, recently broke ground and construction is underway 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 be under construction & 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.

Lord of Hosts Construction Update

Lord of Hosts Construction Update

Lord of Hosts Church - located in Omaha, Nebraska, is under construction and are renovating acquired space for a second video venue and entry gathering space. An exterior façade renovation to this existing retail building is also underway. "This project has been transformational as new life is reborn into an old retail building.” commented Brian Rathsam, the Project Architect for the project. The church also selected local general contractor, Lund-Ross Constructors.

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Construction is Underway at Fellowship of Grace

Construction is Underway at Fellowship of Grace

Fellowship of Grace, located in Parkville, Missouri, recently broke ground and construction is underway for their new entry/atrium space for gatherings & connection, while also renovating most of the existing building. “The church is very excited to be under construction & we’re looking forward to the great things this new space will do for its ministry.” commented Brian Rathsam, the Project Architect. Pearce Construction is serving as the general contractor.