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Mill Creek Community Church Completes Construction

Mill Creek Community Church Completes Construction

Mill Creek Church Photography - located in Shawnee, Kansas, has completed construction for the renovation of most of the existing lobby space where the buildings connect. The renovation also included new staff office spaces and a new student ministry venue. “This new space will provide relevant ministry tools for children, students and staff.” commented Brian Rathsam, the Project Architect. Pearce Construction served as the general contractor.

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Building Design: From Warehouse to God's House

Building Design: From Warehouse to God's House

Lifesong Church opened its doors in 2006, first meeting in the Blackstone Valley Cinema de Lux, located in Millbury, Mass. As it grew, church leaders were looking to establish a more permanent location and presence in their community and reached out to architectural firm Mantel Teter in Kansas City, Mo., to help them transition to a permanent space.

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The Color of the Year: in Church Interior Design

The Color of the Year: in Church Interior Design

The Pantone Color Institute recently announced its 2019 Color of the Year, with Living Coral taking the honor.

“It is a guide that forecasts the popular colors in design,” says Amy Wax, an international color consultant. “The Color of the Year can also serve as inspiration to see what colors would be great to tie into décor and focal pieces of a church.”

Numerous factors are considered when selecting the Color of the Year. The goal is to capture “what’s in the year” and offer insights on how prevalent colors are shifting.

“We travel globally and research extensively as we pick up cues that emerge in seemingly disparate industries that can signal a direction for a given color family,” Pantone explains on its website. “As we cull through this information and find commonalities in color, we also give a lot of thought to how people select paint colors and which colors are most applicable for their needs while remaining mindful of the color trends of years past.”

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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.

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 - 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 - 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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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.

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Vineyard Church Nears Construction

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Vineyard Church, located in Kansas City, Missouri, is nearing the start of construction on their 20,000 square foot, two-story children's building. Pearce Construction is set to break ground next month!

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Platte Woods UMC Completes Construction

Platte Woods United Methodist Church, located in Platte Woods, Missouri completed construction with the design-build team of Olathe, Kansas based contractor Harmon Construction and Kansas City, Missouri based architect Mantel Teter. They officially dedicated their new facilities on March 26, 2017. It's been an honor to work with Platte Woods!

The Summit is Nearing Completion

The Summit, a church located in Lee's Summit, Missouri, is getting very close to completion! The first phase of the project includes a new 750 seat auditorium building that is expandable to 1,100 seats. The facility also provides a large fellowship and community space to have conversation and connection with others. The building is balanced for worship attendance with enough space for children’s ministry space and student’s ministry space. Their new plan provides state of the art rooms with incredible flexibility and amenities such as auditorium space, play space and ministry rooms. The design includes important safety features such as check-in points and security control systems. Below are photos from our recent visit. 

7 Church Design Trends for 2017

David Evans was recently interviewed by Cathy Hutchison for an article that appeared in Church Designer.  David and other designers around the country shared the ideology and components they believe will influence and change church architectural and interior design in the New Year. Read the article here.

 

While the multi-site movement continues to flourish, its next stronghold may be a neighborhood church near you. Many experts in [the] field have written about this. This movement’s next chapter [is] to start or acquire campuses to reach and minister to residents of specific neighborhoods. This could be declining churches or other retail/big box properties that will be renovated.
— David Evans, Mantel Teter