Solid Rock Baptist Church
48-50 West Chestnut Street, #400, Lancaster, PA 17603
Location: Berlin, New Jersey
Date Bid: June 2006
Construction Period: Aug 2006 to July 2007
Total Square Feet: 58,359 Site: 23 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 55,409; second floor, 2,950; total,
58,359 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 10’; second floor, 8’; floor to
floor, 12’8”; total, 35’.
Basic Construction Type: New/IIB.
Foundation: Reinforced. Exterior Walls: CMU, EIFS.
Roof: Metal, membrane. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: Remington & Vernick Engineers - 232 Kings
Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ 08033
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Weaver Construction - P. O.
Box 157, East Earl, PA 17519
Electrical Contractor: Amber Electric, Inc. - P. O. Box 905,
Elmer, NJ 08318
Mechanical Engineer: Frank J. Muratone Jr. HVAC - 1828 Herbert
Blvd., Williamstown, NJ 08094
Fire Protection: Precision Fire Protection, Inc. - P.O. Box 6034,
Wyomissing, PA 19610
The Solid Rock Baptist Church, a new facility for an existing
congregation and their affiliated K-12 private school is located on
twenty three acres along the White Horse Pike in Berlin, New Jersey. The
congregation contracted with the general contractor to design and
construct the building under a design/build scenario. The general
contractor assembled the team of architect and engineers who met with
the client to review their needs and design a facility that fulfilled
their program. The interaction between the various parties served to
produce an aesthetically pleasing facility that was well-built, within
budget and delivered on time.
The church and school facility is comprised of three primary sections, a
sanctuary section which seats approximately one thousand worshipers, a
classroom wing with eleven classrooms and support spaces for the Sunday
school and K-12 school and a gymnasium and fellowship hall section which
is used by both the church and the K-12 school. The building is broken
into two distinct fire areas with a two hour rated fire wall that
separates the sanctuary section from the school and gymnasium/fellowship
hall section as required by the IBC New Jersey 2000, the building code
under which the building was designed.
The sanctuary and gymnasium sections were constructed utilizing a
pre-engineered steel building frame that was enclosed using light gauge
metal framing with split faced concrete masonry units and EIFS. Roofing
for these portions are standing seam metal roofing provided by the
pre-engineered steel frame building manufacturer. The sanctuary includes
the child care and nursery suite, bathrooms for the sanctuary and
fellowship hall, visitor center, main and secondary entries, narthex,
choir room, church offices and a mezzanine for the senior pastors office
and conference room. The main floor of the sanctuary slopes down thirty
inches to create the elevation needed for the main platform. The floor
under the pews is stained concrete, to enhance the acoustics for singing
which is an important aspect of this congregation’s style of worship.
The gymnasium has a usable floor space of approximately eight thousand
square feet and can seat approximately five hundred people at round
tables for dining. This space is shared by the church and school; it
contains a high school sized basketball court, space for a future
kitchen, mechanical space and storage space.
The school section was constructed utilizing interior and exterior
masonry bearing walls with steel bar joists and a metal roof deck with a
flat roof. This section contains the classrooms, restrooms, lockers,
library, computer lab and offices for the K-12 school that is affiliated
with the church. This section also contains the media resource center
and cafe, which can be used by both the church and the school. The media
resource center includes a gas fireplace in the seating area.
DIV. 7: Metal: Chief Steel Buildings
DIV. 8: Windows: CertainTeed; Entrances & Storefronts: