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The McKnight Group Announces Construction Start | New Albany, Ohio

PRESS RELEASE – Jersey Baptist Church

The McKnight Group has begun a remodel project for the Jersey Baptist Church in New Albany, Ohio. The exiting 1983 building and game room will be remodeled into adult classrooms, restrooms and a new entry area.

The new entry and wing remodel includes a canopy, adding additional men and women’s restroom, an expanded serving kitchen, improved circulation to the existing wing with an expanded corridor to better serve the adult education ministries.

Owner: Jersey Baptist Church, New Albany, OH
Design/Build Firm: The McKnight Group, Grove City, OH
General Contractor: McKnight Development Corp., Grove City, OH
Architect/Designer: McKnight & Hosterman Architects, Inc., Grove City, OH

2018-06-27T14:38:04+00:00 June 7th, 2018|Press Release, Remodeling|

The McKnight Group Announces Construction Completion | Circleville, Ohio

PRESS RELEASE – Ohio Christian University Ministry and Performing Arts Center

The McKnight Group has completed the work at Ohio Christian University in Circleville, Ohio.  The scope of work consisted of the construction of the beautiful 24,000 square foot Ministry and Performing Arts Center with a cupola and cross on top of the building.  The plans included an auditorium seating in excess of 600–seats, stage, orchestra pit, lobby, offices, classrooms, restrooms, miscellaneous storage and mechanical spaces.  The new performance facility will be used for chapel services, concerts, and to host major events at the university, as well as to house the University’s Music and Religion Departments. 

Owner: Ohio Christian University, Circleville, OH
Design/Build Firm: The McKnight Group, Grove City, OH
General Contractor: McKnight Development Corp., Grove City, OH
Architect/Designer: McKnight & Hosterman Architects, Inc., Grove City, OH

2018-02-16T20:41:58+00:00 February 16th, 2018|news, Press Release|

The McKnight Group Announces Construction Start | Irwin, Pennsylvania

PRESS RELEASE – Community United Methodist Church

The McKnight Group broke ground and construction is underway for the 26,238 sf two–story addition including a new 400–seat sanctuary, 200–seat balcony, 200–seat chapel/classroom/overflow area, choir room, backstage and tech areas, foyer, café, nursery and toddler classrooms, children’s classrooms, restrooms, storage, new parking, exterior walks, patios, playgrounds, truck dock and related site improvements.  Also included is a 13,653 sf two–story remodel including kitchen and food pantry, children’s church and classrooms, youth room and mezzanine, youth classroom and lounge, offices, conference room, restrooms, storage and miscellaneous support spaces. 

Owner: Community United Methodist Church, Irwin, PA
Design/Build Firm: The McKnight Group, Grove City, OH
General Contractor: McKnight Development Corp., Grove City, OH
Architect/Designer: McKnight & Hosterman Architects, Inc., Grove City, OH

2018-02-08T20:46:29+00:00 February 8th, 2018|Church Building, Church Design, Press Release, Remodeling, Worship Spaces|

The McKnight Group Announces Construction Completion | Lakeside Park, KY

PRESS RELEASE: Immanuel United Methodist Church, Lakeside, KY 

The McKnight Group has completed the remodel at Immanuel United Methodist Church in Lakeside, KY.  The remodel project consisted of nine classrooms, an office, and restrooms.  A facelift for the lower level children’s classrooms using a fresh coat of paint, new LED lighting, new flooring, a new check-in counter with a tube in counter for kids to enter through and graphic wall images.  Also, a fresh new look for the hallway and the multiuse room with a new platform and storage.  McKnight created the booth for control of the audio, video and lighting, and an environmental projection was added for the multiuse room.  New carpet, blackout blinds, a fresh coat of paint, and new flooring throughout this remodel.

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Owner: Immanuel United Methodist Church, Lakeside, KY
Design/Build Firm: The McKnight Group, Grove City, OH
General Contractor: McKnight Development Corp., Grove City, OH
Architect/Designer: McKnight & Hosterman Architects, Inc., Grove City, OH

2017-11-10T20:13:28+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Children's Spaces, Press Release, Remodeling|

Project Completion: The Summit Church

The McKnight Group Announces Completion of Remodel in Indiana, Pennsylvania.  

Recently completed was the addition of a two-story Children’s and Youth Building in addition to the remodel of existing classrooms into new foyer space.  The new Children’s and Youth Building consists of classrooms, children’s worship space, restrooms, and play area for the children on the first floor, and restrooms, classrooms, and worship space for youth on the second floor. 

The expanded lobby provides more room for the café and a new women’s restroom.  This project cost finished under the original budget and The McKnight Group was able to return those dollars back to The Summit Church for its ministries.

Construction Start:  July 2016
Construction Completion:  April 2017
Remodel: 3,660 SF
New Construction: 12,146 SF First Floor, 5,637 SF Second Floor

Owner: The Summit Church, Indiana, PA
Design/Build Firm: The McKnight Group, Grove City, OH
General Contractor: McKnight Development Corp., Grove City, OH
Architect/Designer: McKnight & Hosterman Architects, Inc., Grove City, OH

 

2017-07-28T18:00:34+00:00 July 28th, 2017|Budgeting, Church Design, Foyer Design, Press Release, Remodeling|

Project Completion: Church of the Savior

The McKnight Group Announces Completion of Remodel in Nicholasville, Kentucky.

Church of the Savior partnered with The McKnight Group to take steps toward a grand vision.  This process began with Phase I which was completed in 2012.

The McKnight Group has now completed Phase II at the Church of the Savior in Nicholasville, KY.  The scope of work includes a 23,133 SF building addition. Features included a 750 seat worship center, platform, lobby, café, nursery pod with six classrooms, restrooms and an audio – video booth.  Also, included is the basement of 4,565 SF and a mezzanine level of 1,100 SF. The new space ties into their original building and the previous addition The McKnight Group designed and constructed in 2012. 

Addition: 23,133 SF
Construction Completion: June 2017

Owner: Church of the Savior, Nicholasville, KY
Design/Build Firm: The McKnight Group, Grove City, OH

Finishing Touches for Interior Design Frequent Questions

Over the past several months, Jennifer Snider, our interior designer, has been responding to your questions about church interior design. In this post, she wraps up the series by taking a look at two of the finishing touches you’ll want to consider for your remodeled or new church building: appropriate furniture and signage.

Embracing Furniture Flexibility

You can see in this first image, showing a seating area at Archbold Evangelical Mennonite Church, that they’ve set aside a place in their church building for people to gather for fellowship. In this case, they’ve provided ottomans instead of coffee tables. This allows for maximum flexibility, since each ottoman can become a seat to accommodate a larger group. They also chose individual chairs rather than sofas or loveseats, making it easier to rearrange the furniture to suit groups of varying sizes.

Flexibility is also key in the café, as you can see in this picture from Gateway Church of the Nazarene. Here they have intentionally chosen to use square tables rather than the more common round tables. This provides flexibility since it’s easier to push a few square tables together to furnish a larger group.

Investing in Furniture Durability

Another element of successful church interior design is to choose furniture that is commercial grade. This seating nook at Blue Grass United Methodist Church, for example, uses commercial-grade seating, even though the chairs look as though they could have come right out of someone’s home.

Code requires church buildings to use commercial-grade materials. Commercial grade furnishes are also more durable and will last longer, which is essential given the higher volume of traffic a church can expect. The warranties of residential grade products will also be void if used in a commercial setting.

Making the investment in commercial grade is also good stewardship. You want your new church building or renovation project to stand the test of time, just like you want your church vision to continue growing your church community.

Welcoming Guests with Proper Church Building Signage

Another factor to consider in your church vision is how you welcome guests. If people walk into your church building and can’t find their way around, they won’t feel as welcome and may not return.

In this picture, also from Gateway Church of the Nazarene, the entrance to the auditorium is clearly marked. In addition to helping guests find their way around, such signage introduces them to your church’s vocabulary. “Auditorium,” “worship space,” and “sanctuary” could all be names used for the same space. Clear signage helps guests begin to understand your specific church vision.

One good way to find out where you might need signage in your church building is to walk in the front doors, pretending you haven’t ever been there before. Would you know where to take your children for children’s church? Would you be able to find the restrooms? Could you find your way to the worship center or sanctuary or auditorium? Whenever you aren’t sure where to turn, that’s a good place for signage.

More Church Interior Design Tips

We hope you’ve found this FAQs series helpful. If you want more tips on the best church interior designs or help understanding what makes a great church building, sign up for our free i3 webinar series (simply visit our website) or give us a call at 800-625-6448. We’ll be glad to help.

2018-02-21T21:04:54+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Church Building, Church Design, Interior Design|

Church Interior Design Tips for Youth Spaces

In this post, Jennifer Snider continues sharing her ideas for your church building projects. Jennifer is our interior designer and recently posted some tips on creating children’s spaces with appropriate color and themes. But what about youth areas in your church building? No worries, here Jennifer answers that church interior design question with some helpful illustrations.

Helping Youth Feel Welcome and Valued in Your Church Building

Youth today see so many options from society for how to live their lives, and need to know they really belong in the church. This is why it’s so important to have specific youth areas in your church building.

Young people know they are welcome, and their presence matters, when you set aside youth spaces in your church. Youth tend to want social spaces, so it’s helpful to have a café with some tables where they can gather, hang out, and talk.

They also need the freedom to worship in their own way, so we recommend a dedicated worship space for them as well.

Finally, if space and budget considerations allow it, include a small group breakout area dedicated just for the youth as well.

Including Youth Zones in Your Church Interior Design

Gateway CON YouthHere at Gateway Church of the Nazarene, you can see an example of a single room that includes a coffee bar and a worship space, both just for young people. The tables between the coffee bar and the worship space provide a small group gathering area for discussion, or just to hang out.

You can see the worship space in the background. Notice that it includes trendy paint colors and that the two zones are delineated by a transition from a stained concrete floor in the café area to carpet in the worship area.

Giving Old Spaces New Life for Young People

If you’re remodeling an existing church building, you can sometimes repurpose old spaces for new uses with creative church interior design.

Westerville CC YouthIn this image, you can see the lobby of the youth space at Westerville Christian Church. This youth zone was their old chapel, and you can see how we’ve been able to make the space work well for young people. There’s a coffee bar as you enter, the worship space is in the back, and there is room for groups to gather behind the wall to the right, where the tables are located.

Following Your Vision

Just as you want children to feel at home in your church building, you also want to include youth in your church interior design plans, whether you’re starting from scratch on a new church or undertaking a renovation project. As always, we recommend that you keep your church vision in mind when considering your interior church design options.

To learn more about integrating people of all ages into your church building, sign up for our i3 webinar series. These webinars are free, and their goal is to provide you with ideas, insight, and innovations for designing and constructing a church building that fulfills your vision. Simply visit our website to sign up.

2017-06-20T14:05:02+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Church Building, Church Design, Interior Design|

More Answers to Church Interior Design Questions: Platform Flooring

After over 40 years of building churches, we have learned that church leaders have a lot of questions—very reasonable questions—about church interior design and the best ways to help a vision come alive within one’s church building.

In this post, Jennifer Snider, our interior designer, is answering more of the interior design questions you’ve asked—this time, focusing on platform flooring.

Carpeting is a Great Choice

First Church of God PlatformAll of the flooring in a church must be commercial-grade. Also consider warranty and work with a reputable company for any of your church flooring. Beyond that, when it comes to platform flooring, carpet is a great choice and there are several advantages to it. Carpet is quieter than a hard surface, and a cut pile carpet will easily flow up the stairs, as you can see in the picture from First Church of God in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Neutral carpets like this one will easily blend into the rest of the space if you want to keep the focus on worship leaders rather than the platform itself.

If your church vision pulls you toward dressing up a carpeted platform a bit, you can upgrade the feel with a band of wood along the top of the platform. You can also use a contrasting color of carpet to help the platform stand out. However, it’s best to use a solid carpet rather than introducing a pattern on the platform, which might draw the eye away from worship.

Church Interior Design Options with Wood

Parma Baptist platformHere, at Parma Baptist Church in Parma, Ohio, a wood laminate platform was chosen. It dresses up the space and gives the platform more of a presence.  It is more expensive than carpet, but can make a dramatic statement.

In addition to dressing up the space and making the platform stand out, a hard surface will also change the platform’s acoustics. So, if you’re looking at wood flooring options, make sure to consult with your A/V folks and include them in your decision-making process, because their audio system will interact differently with harder surfaces. In some cases, a hard surface is preferred based on acoustics.

Choosing Theatrical Platform Flooring

Another church interior design option for platform flooring involves a more theatrical look, as you can see in this picture from Gateway Church of the Nazarene in Oskaloosa, Iowa. This flooring is also constructed with wood, so acoustically it will have a similar “live” feel as a hardwood or laminate platform—and will require input from your A/V folks.

There are a couple of advantages to theatrical flooring. First, if you often use sets or other decorative elements, you can screw them into the platform itself for added safety, then easily remove them and use simple black paint to freshen up and cover any holes or scrapes.

Second, you can contrast the theatrical black platform with carpeted steps to both minimize noise and “ground” the platform to the church interior design of the rest of the worship space.

More Church Building Information and Answers

We’ll answer more frequently asked questions about church design soon. Meanwhile, check out our free i3 webinar series. One or more will provide ideas and assistance as your church begins a new church building or renovation project. Accessing the webinars is easy: Simply visit our website and sign up!

2017-06-20T14:05:13+00:00 June 6th, 2017|Church Building, Church Design, Interior Design|