Remodeling

The McKnight Group Announces Construction Completion | Centerville, Ohio

PRESS RELEASE – Fearless Church

A former local car dealership in Centerville, Ohio has become the new Fearless Church, when what was originally known as the Far Hills Church chose The McKnight Group to remodel this facility into a new worship space. The building consists of 37,600 sf. A new front entry canopy was added to the building.  The interior has twelve classrooms, multiple restrooms, mechanical and green rooms, a large foyer and a 725-seat sanctuary.  A warming kitchen and pantry along with a new office were included.  The upper level of the facility was renovated to include an elevator, new stairs, children and youth worship space and two additional classrooms and a breakout room.

Owner: Fearless Church, Centerville, 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

2020-03-26T17:42:16+00:00 March 26th, 2020|Church Building, Church Design, Press Release, Remodeling|

The McKnight Group Announces Construction Start | Powell, OH

Press Release – Grace Powell Church

The McKnight Group has started work at Grace Church in Powell, Ohio. The scope of this project will consist of a remodel of their existing foyer, gathering area, cafe space and main restrooms. These spaces will have new flooring, LED lighting and a fresh coat of paint. The main restroom remodel will also include new sinks, faucets, partition doors, baby changing stations and countertops. A new logo will be added to the stone accent wall in the foyer and a glass partition will add distinction between the gathering area and foyer.

Owner: Grace Powell Church, Powell, 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

2020-03-19T20:15:02+00:00 March 19th, 2020|Church Building, Church Design, Press Release, Remodeling|

The McKnight Group Announces Construction Start | Westerville, OH

Press Release – Church of the Messiah

In time for Easter will be the remodeling of the existing 1957 sanctuary for the Church of the Messiah in Westerville, Ohio. The platform will be reconfigured to include new screens and projection capabilities. The sound booth in the balcony will be enlarged and a new glass rail will be installed at the balcony front edge. Theatrical and LED lighting will be added, new flooring, pews, storefront doors and hardware, fresh paint and a larger platform with a handicap lift will complete this makeover.

Owner: Church of the Messiah, Westerville, 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

 

2020-03-10T17:25:07+00:00 March 12th, 2020|Church Building, Church Design, Press Release, Remodeling|

The McKnight Group Announces Construction Completion | Grove City, OH

PRESS RELEASE – Victorious Living Church

The McKnight Group had the privilege to recreate a church from what was once the original main campus for the Church of the Nazarene, then became their child care center, and now once again, a worship facility for Victorious Living Church in Grove City, Ohio. This was the first building constructed when The McKnight Group came into existence fifty years ago. The facility included the remodel of the sanctuary 5,010 sf, main restrooms 381 sf, and wall and flooring demolition for the new youth room 3,407 sf, which was the child care area. 

Owner: Victorious Living Church, Grove City, 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

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2019-11-27T13:38:28+00:00 November 27th, 2019|Church Building, Church Design, Press Release, Remodeling|

The McKnight Group Announces Construction Completion | Lakeside Park, KY

PRESS RELEASE – Immanuel United Methodist Church

The McKnight Group completed Phase One remodel at Immanuel United Methodist Church, Lakeside Park, Kentucky in 2017 which consisted of a face lift for the lower level children’s classrooms and a fresh new look for the multi use room. 

Phase Two is now complete and includes the addition of a new spacious lobby / cafe (with elevator), and an extensive remodel of the existing interior spaces; sanctuary, classrooms, offices and restrooms. The remodel / addition was approximately 26,000 square feet.

Owner: Immanuel United Methodist Church, Lakeside Park, 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

2019-11-06T19:31:15+00:00 November 7th, 2019|Church Building, Church Design, Press Release, Remodeling|

The McKnight Group Announces Construction Start | New Albany, OH

PRESS RELEASE – New Albany United Methodist Church

Site work has begun for the New Albany United Methodist Church in New Albany, Ohio.  Exterior improvements include; new driveways, parking areas, drive under canopy, sidewalks, walking path and landscaping. A new 12,120 +/- sf addition will include a 330-seat chapel, foyer, kitchen/café, with an unfinished lower level of 10,832 +/- sf for future youth space, classrooms, and restrooms. 

Owner: New Albany UMC, 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

2019-10-30T18:05:34+00:00 October 30th, 2019|Church Building, Church Design, Press Release, Remodeling|

The McKnight Group Announces Construction Start | Columbus, OH

PRESS RELEASE – North Broadway United Methodist Church

The interior remodel of the 1969 two story childcare wing of the North Broadway United Methodist Church has begun in Columbus, Ohio.  New lighting, HVAC systems and energy efficient windows are a major part of the renovation.  New finishes are being installed, including flooring, paint, and lighting. All restrooms in the wing and staff offices will be reworked.

Owner: North Broadway United Methodist Church, Columbus, 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

2019-06-14T12:32:31+00:00 June 14th, 2019|Church Building, Church Design, Press Release, Remodeling|

The McKnight Group Announces Construction Start | Centerville, Ohio

PRESS RELEASE – Far Hills Church

The Far Hills Church purchased a local car dealership in Centerville, Ohio and chose The McKnight Group to remodel this facility into their church. The facility consists of 37,600 sf. A new front entry canopy is being added to the building.  The interior will have twelve classrooms, multiple restrooms, mechanical and green rooms, a large foyer and a 725-seat sanctuary.  A warming kitchen and pantry will be added along with a new office.  The upper level of the facility will be renovated to include an elevator, new stairs, children and youth worship space and two additional classrooms and breakout room on the second level.

Owner: The Far Hills Church, Centerville, 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

2019-05-17T16:53:15+00:00 May 17th, 2019|Church Building, Church Design, Press Release, Remodeling|

Common Obstacles, Real and Perceived, to Remodeling Your Church Building

Remodeling your church is a big decision, one that can be difficult to make because of both real and perceived obstacles. In this post, we look at three of the obstacles we’ve seen church leaders face and discuss how they can be addressed.

Poorly Used Space

One common obstacle to church remodeling is the idea that you don’t have enough room to accomplish what’s needed, but our experience is that churches  may have space — they’re just not using it very well. For example, when extra classrooms aren’t being used, they can become storage locations or junk magnets. The space to expand existing programs might easily be found after a big rummage sale or a more efficient storage plan.

Another situation we’ve seen is that a church’s ministries change in size, but the spaces don’t. This means that a shrinking ministry may still be using the largest room in the building while a growing ministry is outgrowing the space allocated to it. This is where a church remodeling discussion can be helpful. Focusing on your church vision for the future rather than the glory days of the past can help make needed changes clearer.

Finally, you can look beyond your church building to the land around it. Is that land being used efficiently, or might there be room to expand your existing church building to accommodate additional ministries?

Church Building Code Upgrades

Whenever you begin a church remodeling project, you need to know whether it’s a big enough project to trigger a building code review. If you’re just tearing out old carpeting or repainting, you’re most likely not going to encounter problems. But the moment you start tearing down walls or changing doors around, you’ll likely need to upgrade the part you are remodeling to meet current codes.  In some cases, you may cause an entire church building system (i.e. fire alarm, etc.) to need an upgrade to meet the latest building codes.

Not all code upgrades are expensive. Some can be made with minimal expense. However, the older your church building is, the greater the possibility of incurring an expense you may not have counted on to upgrade your facility to meet current building codes. Therefore, it’s always wise to consult with a church building professional before you begin any church remodeling project.

Lack of Unity about Church Remodeling

As we’ve said many times, your building is a tool for your ministry. People are the critical component for any successful church vision. A lack of unity around your church remodeling project can be a major obstacle to achieving your church vision. In the example mentioned above, if you take the larger space from the ministry that’s declining and give it to the ministry that’s growing, you can create some friction and hard feelings if everyone isn’t on the same page.

This means that one of the first tasks for church leaders when considering a church remodeling project is to get everyone on board with your vision for the future.

Vision is a key component of any successful church building project, so we talk about it frequently in our i3 webinars. If you’re ready to start getting your entire church community on board with a remodeling project or want to learn more about church building, sign up today for our next free i3 webinar.

2019-05-14T17:45:02+00:00 May 14th, 2019|Church Building, Remodeling|

Re-purposing an Existing Warehouse with a Creative Church Design

Sometimes your church vision changes so radically that you need a new church building to hold it. However, that doesn’t mean a new building needs to be constructed. Here is another situation where an existing structure, built for another purpose, is converted into a functional church building.

We’ve talked about converting big box stores and school buildings. In this example, we worked with a church to convert a warehouse for church building use.

A New Home for Linden Life Fellowship

Linden Life Fellowship is one church community with two histories. In 2014, two different churches in the Columbus, Ohio, area merged to form this new community. Each group had a small existing church building, but they needed something larger in order to worship together. After they approached The McKnight Group for help, we looked at available buildings in their area. We found a carpet warehouse and drafted a creative church design to meet their ministry needs.

From Warehouse to Church Building

As you can see here, small outside changes transformed this church building from less industrial to more attractive. But in this situation, we focused most of the time and money in the interior church design. As pictured, the prior warehouse had an unfinished interior, which meant clearing the space for its new use required less work.

We subdivided the warehouse to create classrooms, restrooms, and a kitchen, along with the foyer, which you see here. This entry area includes some nice seating areas and a fireplace (the focal point) that encourage guests and attendees to sit down together and get to know each other. We carpeted the entire church building with neutral shades and created a color palette that blends with the building’s façade. Bringing the same style of stonework from the entryway into the fireplace created a cohesive feel for the entire church building.

A Modern Church Design for Worship

A welcoming space for worship is one key component of any good church design. Here, you can see we designed a bright room that seats about two hundred people. It includes a sound booth and a simple, very flexible platform that draws the eye to that portion of the room. Ceiling tiles and a modern light system now cover the building structure that were once visible in the interior pre-remodel photo above.

Converting this warehouse into a functional, attractive church building was a case of good stewardship for this newly merged community. Remodeling other types of existing buildings with a good church design is always one possibility for any church community. We’ve seen car dealerships, grocery stores, strip centers, and school buildings transformed into functional church buildings.

To learn more about creative church design possibilities, sign up for our free i3 webinars, where we share the latest information on a variety of church design and building trends and innovative ideas. To learn more, visit our webinar page.

2019-04-30T18:14:01+00:00 April 30th, 2019|Church Building, Church Design, Remodeling|