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  Good Shepherd ChurchGood Shepherd Church

Architect & General Contractor

Aspen Group
9645 Lincoln Way Lane, #201, Frankfort, IL 60423

General Description

Location: Naperville, Illinois
Date Bid: Aug 2009 Construction Period: Aug 2009 to June 2010
Total Square Feet: 27,869 Site: .6 acres. Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: Renovation, 8,400; Addition, basement, 7,628; first floor, 11,841; total, 27,869 square feet.
Building Height: Addition, West addition, 18; South addition, 26; basement, 10. Basic Construction Type: Addition/Renovation
Foundation: Cast-In-Place. Exterior Walls: accel-E system by Syntheon. Roof: Single, EPDM. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal Stud Drywall.

Good Shepherd Church of Naperville, Ill., a family-oriented Christian church with roots in the Lutheran tradition, was looking to enhance their ministry with a renovation of their Sanctuary and an addition to their Worship center. They turned to the Aspen Group a leading Midwest design/build firm specializing in growing churches.

Through collaboration with Aspen Group, it was decided that instead of building a huge sanctuary that would hold everyone, Good Shepherd would pursue other options that would allow them to connect with a wider range of the local community. Before the building project began, the church started offering two options for services: traditional services in the sanctuary to appeal to the baby boomer generation, and an edgier, alternative service geared toward the 20-something crowd in the gym/activity center. To continue on this path it was decided a two-phase building expansion and renovation was needed.

Phase One focused on renovating the existing sanctuary. The aesthetics and functionality were updated with new carpet, paint and refinished pews. The stage was renovated and expanded, choir lofts were relocated for better acoustics, seating was expanded, and tech lighting was updated.

Phase Two was the addition of a second worship center - a versatile, alternative setting for contemporary service. This space has a stage and flexible seating to allow for endless configurations needed for a variety of gatherings.

A successful church building program requires careful planning. Aspen Group and their staff of architects, project managers, field superintendents, and other design and construction professionals approach to architecture and construction provides at all times efficient communication with the client. Aspen offers an integrated process, combining visioning, feasibility, architecture and construction that draw people in, encourage them to genuinely connect with others and provide an opportunity for spiritual growth.

Aspen Group has worked with hundreds of churches, and the insights they have gained guided them through the construction process again with Good Shepherd. As always weather plays a major role in project delivery. The Aspen Group staff knew they would need to close in the new structure before winter to stay on track. "One of the big driving factors was the time of year and weather considerations," said Dave Piersma, senior project manager at Aspen Group. "To get this thing closed in before winter was essential, so speed of construction was a key element."

To do that, Aspen Group recommended replacing convention framing and insulation with pre-engineered accel-E panels, manufactured by SYNTHEON Inc. By combining framing, cavity insulation and continuous rigid foam into a single process, the accel-E panels can reduce the time required to erect walls by as much as 66%. Aspen worked with SYNTHEON to provide an efficient construction process for their client. "On conventional construction there's no need for shop drawings, so one of my big concerns was adding another step in the process," Piersma explained. "But SYNTHEON turned around the shop drawings and did a fine job coordinating with our architects" They delivered the product as promised, and when we needed one partial section delivered earlier than planned, they were able to change their shop schedule around for us to do that. They worked with us quite well."

Another key element of this project was the addition of an open lobby that connects the two worship spaces. As the first impression, the lobby is designed to welcome members and visitors and introduce them to the culture of Good Shepherd. Soft seating and tables allow for casual conversation, and a full-service caf provides a place for gathering and connection. The lobby blends traditional and contemporary with high ceilings, wooden arches and decking similar to the sanctuary. The focal point of the space is a central fireplace and cross element in front of large windows.

Since the project was completed in the fall of 2010, the church has continued to experience growth and now holds six weekend services. "I'm truly blessed to say that everyone loves the renovation and addition," Pastor Wenhold said, "We have multiple venues here but everyone has the same vision."

For over a decade the goal of Aspen Group is delivering functional facilities that draw people in, encourage them to genuinely connect with others and provide an opportunity for spiritual growth. Their experience with hundreds of churches, and the insights they have gained from groundbreaking new research in church construction and church design issues, make them a leader in the industry. The Aspen Group is also a founding member of Cornerstone Knowledge Network (CKN) a national group of church construction related companies that strive to develop and disseminate meaningful knowledge that improves how church facilities impact ministries.

Product Information
Building Envelope: accel-E STEP System by SYNTHEON, Inc.
The accel-E panels are produced in thicknesses of 5 and 8 inches, and can be produced in virtually any height, limited only by the mode of transport. The materials used in the panels resist mold and mildew. SYNTHEON Inc. is a building science company specializing in high-efficiency building envelope systems with advanced component fabrication. accel-E panels not only reduce construction time, but also provide potential energy savings by eliminating air gaps, sagging and irregularities. They also reduce thermal bridging and heat transference and offer tested insulating values that surpass traditional framing techniques. For more information on the accel-E STEP wall system visit www.accel-E.com or call 888-9-accelE (888-922-2353).

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