& General Contractor
9645 Lincoln Way Lane, #201, Frankfort, IL 60423
Location: Naperville, Illinois
Date Bid: Aug 2009 Construction Period: Aug 2009 to June
Total Square Feet: 27,869 Site: .6 acres. Number of
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
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 café 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
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
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
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