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  Donald R. Mitchell Family Life Center at Cornerstone Baptist Church, Page 64Donald R. Mitchell Family Life Center at Cornerstone Baptist Church
Architect
Myler Church Building Systems, Inc.
970 North Englewood Drive, Crawfordsville, IN 47933
www.myler.com

Location: 
Indianapolis, Indiana
Total Square Feet: 15,192
Construction Period: May 2000 to Nov 2000


Construction Team
Construction Manager: Myler Church Building Systems, Inc. - 970 North Englewood Drive, Crawfordsville, IN 47933
Civil Engineer: The Schneider Corporation - 3020 North Post Road, Indianapolis, IN 46226
Structural Engineer: Myler Church Building Systems, Inc. - 970 North Englewood Drive, Crawfordsville, IN 47933
Electrical/Mechanical/Plumbing Engineer: Myler Church Building Systems, Inc. - 970 North Englewood Drive, Crawfordsville, IN 47933

In 1988, the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, hired Myler Church Building Systems to design and build a new Sanctuary addition onto their existing building. This new worship space met the needs of their ministry for many years.

In 1997, the Church leadership of the Cornerstone Baptist decided it was ready to move ahead with the second phase of their master plan, which was to be a family life center. The Church contacted Myler Church Building Systems to design the family life center, having previous experience working with this firm. 

The most important item the Church needed was a large room that would serve a variety of purposes. They also needed additional Sunday school room space. Preliminary budget ranges were established based on financial information provided by the Church. Several schematic options were prepared for the Building Committee to review. After some time passed, the design process picked up momentum. A number of important decisions were made with respect to the usage of the new building. The new building would feature a high school regulation size basketball court with bleacher seating for 100 people. A fixed stage was planned at one side of the room. Seven classrooms were proposed as well as a new kitchen facility. The restrooms for this new building would require showers and lockers. Finally administrative office and storage space was planned.

One of the challenges faced by the designers was how to integrate the new building with the other buildings in a manner that was both functional and aesthetically pleasing. By orienting the long side of the building along the road front and by choosing matching exterior brick veneer, the new structure blends with the other buildings.

There were numerous physical challenges to be met on the site. These included finding a suitable location for new parking to offset the spaces lost by the building construction. The underground utilities needed to be relocated. Provisions for storm water retention on the property had to be addressed. The Schneider Corporation, a local civil engineering firm, performed admirably in this respect.

State and local permits were obtained and construction on the new facility began in the spring of 2000. The larger portion of the new building utilized pre-engineered metal building components to achieve the space requirements necessary for a basketball gymnasium. The classroom portion would be constructed using steel stud walls and prefabricated wood trusses. Brick veneer covered the walls and standing seam metal roofing was selected for the roof. Athletic rubber flooring was furnished in the gym, along with telescoping bleachers and retractable backboards. To assist with the building's use as a banquet hall, a commercial grade kitchen was constructed, along with a walk-in pantry. In this mode, the building would accommodate 384 people seated at 64 round tables. The main room could also be set up to seat 426 on loose chairs.

The new facility, named the Donald R. Mitchell Family Life Center after the present Pastor, was completed in November 2000, ahead of schedule and under budget.

Manufacturers/Suppliers
DIV 07: Metal Roofing: Star Building Systems.
DIV 08: Hollow Metal Doors: Steelcraft; Wood Doors: Marshfield DoorSystems; Hardware: Schlage.
DIV 09: Gymnasium Flooring: Pulastic; Carpet: Blue Ridge; Tile: Florida Tile; Gypsum Board: National Gypsum.
DIV 10: Toilet Partitions: Flushmetal; Toilet Accessories: Bradley.
DIV 16: Lighting: Columbia.
 


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