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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.

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.

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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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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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

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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.

Crossview Covenant Church

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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

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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.

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Selects Architect

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary - located in Kansas City, Missouri, recently selected Kansas City based architect Mantel Teter and Kansas City based contractor Pearce Construction. The seminary will be renovating existing classrooms and staff office space to better consolidate the core of the seminary campus. "Our team is excited to again be serving the seminary by helping them repurpose existing space to be even more functional for their staff and students.” commented Skyler Phelps, the Project Architect for the project.

Mountain Lake Church Selects Architect

Mountain Lake Church - located in Cumming, Georgia, 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 will be renovating existing space for worship, connection, children, and other support areas. "We’re thrilled to be serving this church and helping them repurpose great existing space that will create a relevant custom tool for their ministry!" commented David Evans, the Principal for the project.