Choosing the Right Team

Choosing the Right Team

Behind every great project, there is a great team. Every design and construction project is unique, with a variety of services required to transform generalized concepts into reality. Like basketball teammates passing the ball to one another to find the best shot, each teammate plays a specific, meaningful role. To win, each team member must communicate effectively, exhibit strong leadership skills, be creative and precise.

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Visualize Your Church Through Virtual Reality

Visualize Your Church Through Virtual Reality

Mantel Teter takes the plunge into the realm of virtual reality.

Some are challenged to visualize what a facility will look like or what a spatial experience will feel like from looking at 2-D drawings, simple 3-D images or even computer generated fly-throughs. These computer-generated images are, in many ways, an updated version of the hand-drawn renderings of the past. Virtual reality takes the client experience during the design phase to a whole new level.

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Knowing What Kind of Space to Build

Knowing What Kind of Space to Build

Building the right space at the right time is the ultimate goal of every church building project. Once a church has tracked attendance information over time, it can make an informed decision about the amount of space needed for ministry expansion. Armed with this hard data, you’re ready to consider what kind of space to build.

Click here for three tips regarding how much space to build.

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.

Click here for FIVE things to consider when contemplating how to create or improve this experience.

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?".

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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

Lakewood, Colorado Church Selects Architect

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.

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.

Crossview Covenant Church

 Image courtesy of  Dean Riggott

Image courtesy of Dean Riggott

Mantel Teter was selected to lead the Crossview Covenant Church, located in Mankato, Minnesota, through our process of visioning and discovery in order to design ministry spaces that will meet their objectives, while containing both projects within the church’s established and shared budget. 

This project included renovation to the current Atrium/Lobby to allow better access and flow to the children’s ministry area. Also added was a new Auditorium for the older kids in Children’s Ministry and will rebalance the Children’s environments to the worship seating capacity.

First United Methodist Church Completes Construction

 Image Courtesy of  Emmalee Schaumburg

Image Courtesy of Emmalee Schaumburg

Located in the heart of downtown Maryville, Missouri, First United Methodist Church has a long rich history of serving this community. The congregation still worships inside the Sanctuary built in 1897! While space for worship capacity is still available, the church facility lacks several key features for modern relevant churches today. Following the Healthy Church Initiative study, the building committee identified a few key features needed. They were: identifiable entry, accessibility (elevator), gathering space for connection, renovation of children’s ministry spaces. 

With this list of needs, First UMC called on Mantel Teter to lead them in the planning and design process. As a downtown church, property is limited and space utilization must be maximized. A phased design solution allowed the church to meet all the key needs, while providing for expansion to allow a future fellowship hall that would also be used to host community events in partnership with the City of Maryville and NW Missouri State University.

Top Golf Staff Event

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The Mantel Teter team enjoyed playing a few games of golf at our recent staff event at Top Golf! Not only did we have fun playing the game, we had fun giving back to the community with our bay sponsorship. Check out our form! 

Off the Wall: A Benefit for Sheffield Place

 Ashley Schlicht, Matt Schlicht, Gretchen Evans and Skyler Phlelps

Ashley Schlicht, Matt Schlicht, Gretchen Evans and Skyler Phlelps

The Mantel Teter team came together to support the mission of Sheffield Place at their recent art auction, Off the Wall, on October 14, 2017. Skyler Phelps puts in countless hours to help make this event so successful. This year they raised $241,000 to empower homeless children and families to become self-sufficient! Mantel Teter was proud to sponsor Sheffield Place and its mission!