Church On The Move Remodels a Local Shopping Center in Broken Arrow, OK
Overview of this Project:
- Broken Arrow, OK
- Pastors Ethan Vance (Campus) & Whit George (Lead)
- 24,000 Square Feet, 550 Seat Sanctuary
From Temporary Facility to Permanent Spiritual Home
Church on the Move’s South Broken Arrow campus was struggling with their temporary facility, which was impeding the growth of their ministry. They needed more parking and kids’ classrooms. The church found an existing 24,000-square-foot space in a shopping center that when finished, will give them the freedom to expand and spread the Word.
Designing for a Contemporary Congregation
Church on the Move has previously managed their own construction projects, but they saw value in Churches By Daniels’ Design-Build Model. They wanted to work with an architect and a team that would design to fit their budget, and would streamline the process and timeline.
Campus pastor Ethan Vance and lead church pastor Whit George wanted a modern, simplistic design with a bright, open, and welcoming atmosphere, especially in the children’s area. Our pre-construction planning process involved developing a multipurpose use of the space, as well as applying for zoning permissions from the city. The existing facility is not large, so the layout required some creative thinking.
Overcoming Unique Challenges
The first thing our team had to do was work with the church to overcome local zoning compliance. We developed and shared full schematic floor plans to meet city regulations and were granted special use permits by the city.
Once approved, we added structural support and moved several columns to open the sanctuary and lobby for a more expansive feel. As we continue work retrofitting the building, our plans are to ensure that the existing facility is functional, inviting, and serves a full 550-seat sanctuary of congregants.
We saved Church on the Move some unnecessary costs by reusing many nice fixtures like lighting and plumbing that were part of the existing space. The project began in February of 2021 and is expected to be completed in August.
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