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  Nichols-Bethel United Methodist ChurchNichols-Bethel United Methodist Church


Cornerstone Design Architects
48-50 West Chestnut Street, #400, Lancaster, PA 17603

General Description

Location: Odenton, Maryland
Date Bid: Mar 2010 Construction Period: July 2010 to Sep 2011
Total Square Feet: 8,783 Site: 5.2 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 4,839; second floor, 3,944; total, 8,783 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 13’4”; second floor, 10’8”; total, 41’2”.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtainwall. Roof: Asphalt shingle. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: C.S. Davidson, Inc. - 315 West James Street, #102, Lancaster, PA 17603
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Horst Construction Company - 320 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Paragon Engineering Services - 2201 South Queen Street, York, PA 17402
Interior Designer: Godshall Commercial Interiors - 2551 Ponderosa Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601
Civil Engineer: Bay Engineering - 190 Admiral Cochrane Drive, #175, Annapolis, MD 21401

In an effort to create a more inviting and significant entry focal point, Nichols-Bethel UMC made the decision to construct a new welcome center as an addition to their existing church facility located in Odenton, Maryland. This project is considered the first phase of the master plan including three phases. The future phase two includes the construction of a family life center with a proposed multi-purpose space, commercial kitchen, and support spaces. Phase three includes a formal chapel for smaller events such as weddings, funerals, and classes.

The welcome center is designed to give new life to an older facility and to include more modern worship spaces that are inviting to visitors. It also serves as the front door to the church with the turn-around drop off area and a tower element signifying the entrance point. Foundations are prepared for the future installation of a drop-off canopy.

The interior of the building includes a contemporary worship multi-purpose space, cafe area, two (2) classrooms, youth area, circulation space, and miscellaneous support spaces. The multi-purpose space features floating acoustical clouds designed to control worship music sound and provide visual intrigue in the space. An audio and video system was included in the project for sound amplification and visual display purposes. Furthermore, a steel beam was included for the future installation of a folding glass partition proposed between the multi-purpose space and cafe areas.

The cafe area includes an open seating area below north facing skylights. The position of the cafe area is such that all major circulation in the welcome center surrounds the space, creating a more inviting area. A serving counter is included as well as a prep area included within renovations to the existing building.

The second floor contains two (2) classrooms, the youth area, and lobby/circulation space. The youth area is expansive and intended to provide different types of seating areas for the youth. This space will be adjacent to the future family life center and is intended to provide visual connection between the spaces. There is an ample amount of lobby and circulation space on the second floor. With the open glass railing, this is intended to provide a visual and audible connection between the two floors.

A front and rear-landing elevator was included to provide handicap access the welcome center and the existing church, which before the addition did not have any elevator access. Provisions for the mechanical equipment were made in the attic space by means of attic trusses. The welcome center addition was separated from the existing building by means of a firewall structure.

Overall, the project was considered a success by the church and its members. The welcome center is supporting the church's mission and goals by helping the church serve its surrounding community.

Product Information
EIFS: Dryvit
Roofing: TAMKO, Metal-Fab
Flooring: Interface, Bentley Prince Street, Lee's Carpet, Johnsonite,
Crossville Ceramics, Laticrete

Windows, Entrances & Storefronts: Eagle
Daylighting/Skylights: Velux
Elevators: Schindler

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