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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.