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  Advent Lutheran Church, Page 52Advent Lutheran Church
Busch Caulfield Architects, Inc.
2402 University Avenue West, # 501, Saint Paul, MN 55114

Maple Grove, Minnesota
Total Square Feet: 16,700
Construction Period: May 2000 to Mar 2001

Construction Team
General Contractor: Hagman Construction, Inc. - 5353 Gamble Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55416
Structural Engineer: Larson Engineering - 3524 Labore Road, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Emanuelson - Podas, Inc. - 4980 Lincoln Drive, Edina, MN 55436
Landscape Architect: Sanders Wacker Bergly - 365 East Kellogg Boulevard, Saint Paul, MN 55101

Prior to building the current facility, members of Advent Lutheran Church worshiped in a windowless concrete block bunker. Their most noteworthy instruction to the architect was to design a Sanctuary that was light and bright -- a complete opposite of what they had. Plus, they also asked that the space be acoustically right for music to complement their strong music program.

To meet these requests, the architect designed the Sanctuary with additional height to accommodate the acoustical needs of the congregation. A painted gypsum board ceiling was used to enhance the music and also give the Sanctuary a light and airy feeling. Two layers of 5/8-inch gypsum board were used throughout which resulted in interesting light play with various wall and ceiling angles. 

Clerestory windows were installed at the top of the hip roof in the center of the Sanctuary and windows along the perimeter of the space. Vertical glazing was chosen because it is less likely to leak than skylights and vertical glazing is easy to darken with shades or blinds.

For a focal point, integrally colored rock face concrete block was chosen as a backdrop for the Chancel. In the Chancel and Choir area wood was chosen for its acoustical properties and beauty. Other flooring used in the Chancel and Choir area was tile, bare concrete and carpet.

In the Sanctuary indirect fluorescent fixtures light the perimeter of the entire area. In addition, there are also recessed downlights for easier reading. Natural red oak was used for the warmth in the Sanctuary in the baseboards, window frames, doors, and trim. 

The new Narthex also included clerestory windows for abundant natural light. The ceiling was finished with acoustical tile and carpet to control sound. Warm colors were used inside to give a welcoming feeling.

The exterior of the church used a mix of colored rock face block and EIFS giving a mixture for added visual interest. Completed in March 2001, the addition to Advent Lutheran Church is all the congregation asked for and more. 

DIV 04: Masonry: Amcon Block.
DIV 07: EIFS: Dryvit; EPDM Roofing: Versico.
DIV 08: Hollow Metal Doors & Frames: Amweld; Locks: Corbin Russwin; Door Closers & Exit Devices: Yale Security Group.
DIV 10: Toilet Compartments: Accurate Partitions.

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