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  Bellevue Presbyterian Church Addition, Page 38Bellevue Presbyterian Church Addition
320 Granite Run Drive
Lancaster, PA 17604

Gap, Pennsylvania
Total Square Feet: 7,414
Construction Period: Apr 2002 to Oct 2002

Construction Team
GENERAL CONTRACTOR & COST ESTIMATOR: Horst Construction - 320 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, PA 17604
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Greenebaum Structures, P.C. - 26-28 Market Square, #2, Manheim, PA 17545
ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: Mast Electric, Inc. - 16 Holly Drive, Leola, PA 17540
MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Kirchoff, Inc. - 2653 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601
CIVIL ENGINEER: Strausser Surveying and Engineering - P.O. Box 5083, Lancaster, PA 17606

Bellevue Presbyterian, a 400-member church in the foothills of Lancaster County in Gap, Pennsylvania, recently completed a 7,400 square foot addition, approximately a sixty percent increase of the original structure. In addition, the church renovated the original structure to reconfigure and upsize the capacity of the Sanctuary. Several other areas were also reworked to provide more openness and better circulation flow.

Originally built in the early 1800s, Bellevue Presbyterian had completed a very modern addition in the 1970s that needed to be reconfigured and updated. The congregation wanted to reorganize their sanctuary to create a better space and atmosphere for their growing music ministry as well as a narthex for Sunday morning fellowship before and after worship. Pastor Bud Davies and the building committee turned to Cornerstone Design- Architects and Horst Construction, a design/ build firm that has specialized in construction of churches since the late nineteenth century.

One of the design tools that Cornerstone utilized was their photo-realistic rendering capability to show the congregation several options for the exterior finishes. Cornerstone provided renderings, merging the computer-generated CAD model into a photograph of the existing church. Since budget concerns were part of the design/builder's responsibility to keep in check, the first option showed an entirely stucco finish on the addition to complement the original stone church. However, a second option was shown on another rendering that included a portion of manufactured stone on the addition. The cost difference was approximately $50,000. However, the church had the information they needed for their capital campaign and the congregation voted their choice by raising the additional funds.

One signature element of the addition was the creation of an entryway between the newly constructed gathering space and the original sanctuary. The result is a 6-foot wide x 12-foot high, arched, raised panel oak door entrance that was cut into one of the 28-inch thick original fieldstone walls of the existing sanctuary. Also, workers got a surprise during one of the building phases, when they uncovered a large stained glass window that had been boarded up during the 1970 addition. After the find, Cornerstone redesigned an exterior hallway to capture the beautiful northern light that would stream through the stained glass.

On the lower area of the addition, another important area provided was a new fellowship hall that includes operable partitions for flexibility in dividing the space into classroom areas. Part of the renovations included the conversion of the existing kitchen into a classroom/ crafts room.

Horst Construction also teamed with Quality Stone in Refton, Penn. for work on the exterior walls. The company developed a customized veneer stone to match the original fieldstone that had been quarried locally to build the church almost two centuries ago. The efforts of the design/build partnership resulted in a process and design satisfaction that has been pleasing to the congregation and accommodating of their needs.

DIV 04:
Manufactured Stone: Quality Stone.
DIV 07: Shingles: GAF; Insulation: Owens Corning; EIFS: Dryvit.
DIV 09: Metal Studs: Marino Ware; Acoustical Treatment: Armstrong; Rubber Stair Treads, Base: Johnsonite; VCT: AZROCK.
DIV 10: Operable Walls: Kwik Wall; Toilet Partitions: All American.

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