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  Lake Ann United Methodist Church, Page 50Lake Ann United Methodist Church
Myler church building systems
970 N. Englewood Drive, Crawfordsville, IN 47933

Lake Ann, Michigan
Total Square Feet: 9,975
Construction Period: Oct 2001 to June 2002 

Construction Team
Construction Manager: Myler Church Building Systems - 970 N. Englewood Drive, Crawfordsville, IN 47933
Civil Engineer: Gosling Czubak Engineering Sciences, Inc. - 
1280 Business Park Drive, Traverse City, MI 49686
Structural/Electrical/Mechanical/Plumbing Engineer: Myler Church Building Systems - 970 N. Englewood Drive, Crawfordsville, IN 47933

The Lake Ann United Methodist Church has an established congregation in a picturesque community west of Traverse City, not far from the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. In 1999, the Church leadership acknowledged the need for the Church to seek more building space in order to continue to grow. They began the search for new property in their community. They also began to search for a company to assist them with the task of designing and building the new facility. The Church selected Myler Church Building Systems. 

Early in the design process it became evident that this new facility was going to be the first of several building projects on new property that the Church was acquiring. With this in mind, the first building being considered would have to function as a worship area, fellowship area, education space, and recreation space until such time as separate structures for each of these activities could be funded and developed. The design team began to develop multi-purpose building options for the building committee to consider. Numerous features requested by the Church membership were incorporated into these options. However, it became clear these proposed building options would exceed the Church’s budget. So the building committee worked to prioritize their “wish list”, realizing that certain items may have to be postponed for a later phase.

A scaled back floor plan was finally accepted. It was time to develop preliminary site plans. Naturally the new building, parking area, and storm water retention areas were important items to be considered. But future phases had to be considered as well. The building committee wished to indicate recreational areas on the site plan, so space would be saved for a soccer field, a softball field, a volleyball field, a picnic area, and a pole barn for equipment storage. This was complicated somewhat by the fact that, although a major portion of the property was a grassy meadow, there was a change in elevation of over thirty feet across the parcel. Although it was difficult, these items were included in development of the master plan for a 3 phase building program.

Final working drawings for the building were prepared, as well as civil engineered plans of the site. Key ingredients in the design were the snow loading on the roof and climate control within the building, so these items received special attention. Timing was also necessary to quickly obtain all the permit approvals and bids from local prime trade contractors, so that construction could begin before the bad weather hit toward the end of 2001. Construction began early in October and proceeded with only minor delays through the winter. The project was completed in June 2002.

The new facility features a worship area with seating for 550 in chairs, a cry room, a nursery/toddler area to accommodate 20 children, along with attached restroom facilities, an entry vestibule, a spacious foyer area with a welcome center, and new men’s and women’s restrooms. By moving the chairs, the worship area can easily convert for recreational use, as there are retractable basketball goals and lines for a high school regulation basketball court cut into the carpet on the floor. Setting up tables and chairs in this area also takes care of the Church’s needs for fellowship space. 

DIV 07: Shingles: Certainteed; EIFS: Parex.
DIV 08: Hollow Metal Doors & Frames: Steelcraft; Wood Doors: Weyerhaeuser; Windows: Pella. 
DIV 09: Carpet: Shaw; VCT: Armstrong; Paint: Sherwin Williams.
DIV 10: Toilet Partitions: Flushmetal; Accessories: Bradley.
DIV 11: Basketball Goals: AALCO. 
DIV 16: Lighting: Thomas, Atlantic, Capri Downlighting.

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