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  Bethany Baptist Church, Page 28Bethany Baptist Church
Myler Church Building Systems
970 North Englewood Drive, Crawfordsville, IN 47933

Lindenwold, New Jersey
Total Square Feet: 52,472
Construction Period: June 1999 to July 2000

Construction Team
Construction Manager: Myler Church Building Systems - 970 N. Englewood Dr., Crawfordsville, IN 47933
Structural Engineer: Morris & Associates, Inc. - 853 Conner Street, Noblesville, IN 46060
Electrical/Plumbing/Mechanical Engineer: Myler Church Building Systems - 970 N. Englewood Dr., Crawfordsville, IN 47933
Civil Engineer: J.T.S. Engineers and Land Surveyors, Inc. - 19 Stratford Ave., Stratford, NJ 08084

Early in 1995, the building committee of the Bethany Baptist Church, led by Bishop David Evans, met with representatives of Myler Church Building Systems for the purpose of planning a new facility to expand the ministry of this growing church south of Philadelphia. The Church had purchased approximately 32 acres of undeveloped land a few miles away from their current location and the design process began. Considered in the Master Plan was a 2,000-seat sanctuary, education wing for Sunday school, administrative space for a growing staff, a fellowship hall to seat 750 people, and day care facilities.

Like most projects, designing this new building was an evolutionary process. The design went through several revisions, always keeping in mind the Church's project budget. One by one, all the design challenges were met, site and architectural plans were fine-tuned, and the project was submitted to the State and local building departments for permitting. 

The final design for the worship area features seating for 1,985 people on the main level, and 504 seats in the balcony. Television broadcast capability was designed into the lighting/video/audio system as an important part of the Church's ministry needs. One outstanding feature of the sanctuary decor is a custom-built waterfall behind the baptistry. Easy flow from the parking area to the worship area is accomplished by the addition of two large port-a-cocheres. A spacious foyer offers communication from across the entire width of the assembly area. 

Administrative space for ten offices was provided on the first floor of one wing, with education space for ten Sunday school classrooms provided on the second floor of that wing. The Fellowship Hall complex features a full commercial kitchen, restrooms with showers, and banquet style seating in the main area for 256 people under ten crystal chandeliers. This room was designed to serve a variety of roles, therefore a folding partition wall was installed for smaller functions. 

On June 25, 2000, members of the Bethany Baptist Church, as well as many invited guests from the community, took part in a dedication service that celebrated all of the hard work and sacrifice that went into building the church.

Exterior Walls - EIFS: Pleko; Windows: Weathershield; Doors: Ceco; Wood Doors: Oshkosh;Finish Hardware: Yale/Stanley;Steeple: Fiberglass Specialties.
Roof - Shingles: Bird; Standing Seam: Star Building Systems.
Floors - Carpet: Patcraft; VCT: Tarkett.
Interior Walls - Gypsum Board & Acoustical Tile: United States Gypsum; Ceiling Grid: Chicago Metallic; Baptistry: Fiberglass Specialties.
Elevators - Schindler; Wheelchair Lifts: National Wheel-O-Vator.

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