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  Sanctuary Addition, Forest Hill Christian ChurchSanctuary Addition, Forest Hill Christian Church


SOA Architects dba Stuart Owsley & Associates, PA
816 E. Jefferson, Pittsburg, KS 66762

General Description

Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Date Bid: Jan 2006 (Construction Management by Owner)
Construction Period: May 2006 to Oct 2007
Total Square Feet: 23,820. Site: 6.3 acres.
Number of Buildings: One, Pre-engineered building.
Building Size: First floor, 19,820; second floor, 4,000; total, 23,820 square feet. Building Height: First floor, 10’; second floor, 10’; floor to floor, 10’; total, 20’ low eave, 32’ roof ridge; 34’ tower ridge.
Basic Construction Type: Addition.
Foundation: Poured-in-place. Exterior Walls: EIFS, masonry veneer. Roof: Built up, shingles over 3-inch SIP roof deck. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer Metal Building: Butler Manufacturing Company - P.O. Box 419917, Kansas City, MO 64141
Prime Contractor: Tri-State Building & Supply Co. - P. O. Box 1416, Pittsburg, KS 66762
Mechanical & Electrical Design: SOA Architects dba Stuart Owsley & Associates, PA - 816 E. Jefferson, Pittsburg, KS 66762

After preliminary planning and a fund raising campaign, the Forest Hill Christian Church Building Committee was ready to take on a building addition that included a 600-seat auditorium, five classrooms, hospitality room, library/conference room, church office suite and a fellowship foyer/tower that would connect the new addition with the existing building. The church building committee elected the construction management method for the project.

SOA Architects was commissioned in May 2005 to prepare the construction documents for the project. The owner through joint efforts from the church minister Jerl Joslin and World Mission Builders provided the overall construction management duties.

Construction commenced in 2006 with Tri-State Building & Supply Company providing the concrete foundation and floor slab work, pre-engineered metal building structure, exterior wall framing/EIFS finish, roof deck installation, masonry veneer, aluminum storefront doors, window framing/glazing and structural steel frame for the enclosed perimeter walkways and connecting foyer/tower. World Mission Builders consisted of twelve volunteer workers from all over the country and Joe Wilson, Director for Domestic Building who came to Oklahoma City for approximately one month to construct the interior wood frame wall and upper floor systems.

SOA Architects provided complete design drawings and specifications for the architectural design, second floor framing, connecting tower structural design, plumbing, HVAC and electrical design. Many local individuals and companies were involved in the project as subcontractors, suppliers, and/or volunteer workers.

The sanctuary addition to the existing church building consists of two basic structures. A 100- by 160- by 20-foot low eave height pre-engineered structure that includes a 100- by 120-foot one-story sanctuary and classroom space, and a 100- by 40-foot two-story structure with the office suite on the first floor and additional classroom space on the second floor.

The elongated hexagon shaped foyer/tower structure consists of a separate structural steel frame with columns, beams, spandrels and steel roof joists. Tower roof assembly consists of 3-inch SIP roof deck and fiberglass/asphalt shingles. The foyer/tower connects the new addition with the existing church building. The exterior walls also include split face concrete block veneer units for perimeter wainscot, masonry columns at walkway storefront glazing and masonry column walls at tower structure.

All of the interior wall framing consists of wood studs and gypsum board. The sanctuary auditorium includes a massive open-stage raised platform with steps and ramp constructed with wood framing and flooring. The auditorium ceiling consists of tiered step up/sloped suspended grid with acoustical boards and quartz downlights.

The addition features, in addition to the 600-seat auditorium, a baptistery, a theatrical stage/house lighting/dimming system, sound system and on screen video system. The foyer entry tower serves as a fellowship/gathering area. The entire new addition includes a sprinkler system for fire protection.

A building dedication church service was held in the new sanctuary on November 4, 2007. The owner and the architect agree this project is an example of how an architect can incorporate and modify a metal building type structure to fit and adapt to your design expectations for both the exterior and interior design features; and how an owner can provide their own successful construction management services, if they have the available resources for them to accomplish the task.  


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