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Vale Church

BLDD Architects

Posted: November 19, 2019 | Projects

When Vale Church outgrew their existing facility and site, they purchased 35 acres of land on the southeast edge of Bloomington, Illinois and consulted BLDD Architects to develop a 100,000 square foot master plan for their new site.  

Photo Courtesy of Connor Steinkamp Photography

Shortly after the master-planning process, BLDD began work on designing a 30,000-square-foot Phase 1 building which would allow the church to transition to their new site. An efficient, user-friendly floor plan and the ability to easily expand in the future were key ideas behind the design of Phase 1.

Working closely together, BLDD and design-builder, PJ Hoerr, Inc., determined that a pre-engineered metal building was the best construction type for this project because it would align with the project budget and the ambitious 11-month construction schedule. 

The building, which is actually six pre-engineered metal buildings put together, includes a large central gathering space, a café, a 700-seat worship space, nursery, four classrooms, a multi-purpose room, and an office suite that contains a conference room, individual offices, a work room, and an open workstation area. 

The form of the building, as well as the type and colors of building materials, were intentional design decisions made to create a bright, clean, contemporary aesthetic that conveys Vale’s image of itself as being a fun, welcoming, and different type of church. 

The roof and exterior walls are clad in white, gray, and copper-insulated metal panels. These panels not only helped achieve the modern look the church desired, their speed of installation made it possible for the building to be weather tight only six months after breaking ground. 

Punched window openings bring natural light into the offices and classrooms. The large curtainwall at the main entry and north-facing clerestory window allow large amounts of soft natural light into the gathering space. The “beacon” on the north face of the church features mullions in a cross configuration and backlit red glass that glows at night.

The interior features a simple but well-thought-out palette of materials that relate to the exterior and create a unified, cohesive design. Sealed concrete floors are used in the gathering space, worship space, and multi-purpose room to create a durable surface that can withstand the large amounts of foot traffic and moving of table and chairs. Carpet tile is used in the classrooms, office spaces, and worship space risers to define and identify spaces, and provide acoustical relief, softness and color. Wood and pops of bright paint colors are used to bring warmth into the spaces and offset the exposed concrete and metal building structure. Together, these materials create an interior that is sophisticated and fun.

Building Envelope & Roofing: Metl-Span
Entrances, Storefronts & Curtain Wall: EFCO
Flooring: Karndean, Mannington, J&J Flooring Group, Shaw
Interior: CertainTeed Gypsum
Lighting: Lithonia, Indy, Gotham, Mark Architectural Lighting, OCL Architectural Lighting, Juno, Winona, Esosense

Architect & Structural Engineer (Building Foundation)
BLDD Architects
100 N. Merchant Street
Decatur, IL 62523
www.bldd.com

Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing Engineer
Klinger & Associates, P.C.
616 N. 24th Street
Quincy, IL 62301

Structural Engineer (Building Frame)
Star Building Systems
8600 S. I 35 Service Road
Oklahoma City, OK 73149

Civil Engineer
Midwest Engineering Associates
140 E. Washington Street
East Peoria, IL 61611

Design Builder & Cost Estimator
P.J. Hoerr, Inc.
117 Merle Lane
Normal, IL 61701

Date Bid: Apr 2017
Construction Period: Jul 2017 to May 2018
Total Square Feet: 30,132
Site: 12.5 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 29,474; mezzanine, 658; total, 30,132 square feet.  
Building Height: First floor, 33′1″; mezzanine, 10′; total, 33′1′.  
Basic Construction Type: New/II B/Pre-Engineered Metal Building
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete. 
Exterior Walls: Curtain wall, insulated metal wall panel.
Roof: Metal.
Floors: Concrete, wood. 
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.
KBTU/SF/yr: 48.7

Click here to view the full cost details for this project in the November/December 2019 issue of DCD

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