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  Little Bethel Baptist Church New Activity Center

Myers Construction Management, Inc.
13518 Myrtle Lane, Fishers, IN 46038

LOCATION: Indianapolis, Indiana
Date Bid: April 2004
Construction Period: Apr 2005 to July 2006
Total Square Feet: 16,636 Site: 2.3 acres.
Number of Buildings: One. 
Building Size: Garage, 640; first floor, 10,400; second floor, 5,596; total, 16,636 square feet.
Building Height: Garage, 22’; first floor, 10’8”; second floor, 22’; floor to floor, 10’8”; total height to ridge, 34’. 
Basic Construction Type: New/Pre-Engineered Building.
Foundation: Concrete. Exterior Walls: Pre-Engineered building, brick, CMU. Roof: Metal. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Drywall.

Architect: Hurst Associates Architects - 4954 E. 56th Street, #6, Indianapolis, IN 46220 
structural Engineer: American Buildings Company - 901 West Main, El Paso, IL 61738
MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: Hurst Associates Architects - 4954 E. 56th Street, #6, Indianapolis, IN 46220

Little Bethel Baptist Church located in Indianapolis, Indiana selected Myers Construction Management, Inc. to construct their new Activity Center in a low-income neighborhood to provide quality after school programs for the area youth. This facility consists of offices, a library, a sound room, a stage, dressing rooms, a kitchen, restrooms with shower facilities, computer lab, eleven classrooms, a regulation sized basketball court, a volleyball court, a second floor walking track and an attached garage. 

Hurst Associates Architects, located in Indianapolis, Indiana designed the project. Bids were initially received in the spring of 2004. With the budget being tight, Myers Construction Management, Inc. was asked to provide “value engineering alternates” that would trim down their initial bid of $1,434,300. Twenty one cost saving ideas were accepted by Little Bethel’s construction committee, headed by Mr. James Reeves and Hurst Associates Architects that generated a $119,017 reduction which resulted in an initial contract amount of $1,315,283. These items were mainly comprised of substitutions in construction materials while still maintaining the design look and function of the building, which was the vision of Pastor Troy Ladd. In another cost saving move, Little Bethel approved the ordering of the pre-engineered metal building from American Buildings Company, in Eufaula, Alabama for a November, 2004 delivery. In doing this, Little Bethel avoided the major cost increases that occurred in the steel industry during mid to late 2004. The metal building package was stored on site until April of 2005, when Little Bethel secured their financing and permits were obtained, which released Myers Construction Management, Inc. to start construction. The project was completed during the summer of 2006.

The facility includes a walking track suspended from the straight column/rigid frame/clear span structure. The second floor classrooms and walking track were constructed from structural steel designed and provided by American Buildings Company. The exterior walls consist of block and brick veneer up to 12-foot and metal studs and brick veneer to the top of the parapet walls. The parapet walls reach 2-feet above the 4:12 pitched roof, covered by Evergreen-colored 24 gauge Standing Seam II metal roofing, gutters, downspouts and parapet wall coping.

The interior construction of this fully sprinkled facility is mainly metal stud and painted drywall walls. The two stairwells are masonry block with Sharon Stairs pre-fabricated metal stairs and hand rails. The offices and classrooms have glue-down carpet, vinyl base and acoustical ceilings. The front entry, kitchen, restrooms, stage, dressing rooms and corridors have vinyl composition tile floors, vinyl base and acoustical ceilings. The interior doors are painted hollow metal door frames and pre-finished oak doors. The computers in the computer lab were donated by Eli Lilly and Company whose headquarters is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

DIV. 5: Stairs: Sharon Stairs.
DIV. 8: Entrances & Storefronts, Windows: United States Aluminum; Hollow Metal Doors & Frames: Amweld; Locksets: Falcon; Exit & Closers: Dorma; Hinges: Hager; Flatgoods: Burns Manufacturing; Weatherization Products: Pemko.
DIV. 9: Gym Flooring: Pulastic ZS 7+2 by Robbins Sport Surfaces. 
DIV. 13: Pre-Engineered Building: American Buildings.

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