Sanctuary Addition, Forest Hill Christian Church
SOA Architects dba Stuart Owsley & Associates, PA
816 E. Jefferson, Pittsburg, KS 66762
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.
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
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.