Earlier this year, we took on the challenge to turn an existing (very old) building into a new top-of-the-line church and daycare facility for Trinity Lutheran Church as their second campus in the metro area. A common term for this kind of job is re-adaptive use or re-purposing.
The previous building was locally owned, roughly 11,000 square feet and resembled a barn-like structure. Unique in it’s design, the building was buried into the earth where the north side was two stories tall and the south side was only one. On the interior, the top floor consisted of a storage area for cars, but also had a central viewing area for below. The main floor was built out of 15” wide and 3-1/2” thick timbers placed directly on the earth with a wall of windows placed on the north side overlooking what used to be farmland to the north of Shawnee Mission Parkway.
The new project consists of the original 11,000 square feet plus an additional roughly 1,000 square feet which will be the new entrance/narthex of the church. The upstairs consists of a large open sanctuary with a unique wood slate ceiling feature that carries down the wall. There are also a few classrooms, kitchenette, music room and sacristy on the main floor. Also on the main floor, a preschool will be in operation throughout the week. Four Pre-K rooms, a couple of classrooms and another kitchenette complete this floor. The North side of the building, which houses the Pre-K rooms, spills out into a very large fenced-in playground. On the exterior of the church, parking is available for 60+ cars in an upper and lower level lot. There are plans for the church to also be well-landscaped. The building exterior is covered in 50% stone and 50% cedar with an asphalt roof.
Started back in June of this year, the anticipated completion is slated for the end of the year. This is a very quick turnaround for a project of this size, but we are committed to giving it all we have. Job-site Superintendent Joe and I have a plan and are encouraging the subcontractors daily to make sure we make it happen. A few big milestones at this point are, the curb and gutter are completed and the plan is to have asphalt down by Thanksgiving. The new addition is framed and roofed-in and stone will begin on that portion of the building by the 22nd. The cedar siding will start right after Thanksgiving and should be completed in about 10 days. On the interior, drywall is 95% hung downstairs and mud and taping has begun. Upstairs, everything is framed-in and painting of the open structure will begin the week of the 22nd with drywall to follow immediately.
It will be a very big push at the end to complete everything as needed but with a little help from everyone involved – it can happen!
Trinity Lutheran West Before Construction
Trinity Lutheran West Artistic Rendering