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  Davisville Church Addition, Page 44Davisville Church Addition

WPH Architects for Ministry
314 W. Lincoln Highway, Penndel, PA 19047

LOCATION: Southampton, Pennsylvania
DATE BID: Jan 2003
Construction Period: Sep 2004 to July 2005
Total Square Feet: 36,090 Site: 3.55 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: Basement, 9,200; first floor, 9,200; second floor, 9,200; each additional floor, 8,490; total, 36,090 square feet.
Building Height: Basement, 7’6”; first floor, 8’8” second floor, 8’8”; each additional floor, 8’; floor to floor, 11’; total, 51’4”. 
Basic Construction Type: Addition/2B.
Foundation: Reinforced concrete. Exterior Walls: Brick, vinyl siding. Roof: Asphalt shingle, membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Elton & Thompson, P.C. - 2615 Jenkintown Road, Glenside, PA 19038
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Berks Ridge Company Enterprises, Inc. - 316 Ruth Road, Harleysville, PA 19438
MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: BHG Consulting, Inc. - 1812 S. 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Davisville Church is located in a suburban setting on a busy, main highway. Their site allowed limited room for expansion, however its members expressed their desire to address several functional and space issues that created an inhospitable environment. Most people entered the building through the rear door via a steep ramp. Access between floors was difficult for anyone with a disability. The Church had very little space for people to mingle between services. Classrooms and the nursery were located in the original Church building which dated back to the early 1900’s. The Church felt these issues created a less then welcoming experience for newcomers and detracted from the worship experience and opportunities for interaction between regular attenders and visitors.

With these problems in mind the Church set out to construct a new addition. WPH Architects for Ministry worked with the Church to develop a design that would solve these problems and integrate the addition with the existing facility to make the total building welcoming and functional.

Four floors were created to match the existing floor elevations, allowing for a new elevator to provide access to all levels. A new two-story fellowship mall provides a welcoming entrance from the parking at the rear of the building and connection to the existing sanctuary up a level. A cafe and lounge provide a relaxing atmosphere for people to mingle. A new kitchen was built to service the cafe. Church offices were relocated to a more central location in the new building.

With an aging segment of the congregation that complained of finding their way up and down four floors of stairs, and another segment that complained of having the nursery in a 100-year-old building, the architect sought to design something which satisfied both traditional and contemporary tastes.

The architect responded with a design which matched the existing colonial-style facade. A number of elevation studies settled on the right mix of materials to satisfy the Church’s demands for value and provide impressive views from the heavily-traveled Street Road. Berks Ridge Construction was brought on board early to help control project costs.

A complex construction schedule was developed by the Construction Manager, which allowed the Church to continue using the existing building as well as the original building during construction. Once the new building was up, the old structure was demolished, allowing for the underground retention basin and driveway to be completed. 

The result is a building which welcomes newcomers into a lively atmosphere of people interacting outside of Church services and classes. The building has now become an asset to the people of Davisville Church as it welcomes worshippers to linger and enjoy the pleasing atmosphere.

DIV. 7: Shingles: Elk; Vinyl Siding: CertainTeed, Wolverine. 
DIV. 8: Windows: Andersen; Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer. 
DIV. 10: Column Covers: Edon Corporation Folding Partitions: Modernfold; Toilet Partitions: Triad Building Specialties. 

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