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  Solid Rock Baptist Church

Solid Rock Baptist Church, Page 34Architect

Cornerstone Design-Architects
48-50 West Chestnut Street, #400, Lancaster, PA 17603
www.cornerstonedesign.com

General Description

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. 

Construction Team

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.

Manufacturers

DIV. 7: Metal: Chief Steel Buildings
DIV. 8: Windows: CertainTeed; Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer. 

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