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Church begins $1.3M construction project

September 16, 2015
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Church begins $1.3M construction project
A rendering of the one-story youth ministry addition at Covenant Life Church in Grand Haven. Courtesy O-A-K

A church in the region has broken ground on a roughly $1.3-million project to expand and renovate its facility.

Members of Covenant Life Church in downtown Grand Haven gathered last Sunday to celebrate the groundbreaking on an addition — a roughly 8,900-square-foot youth ministry building — which is the first phase of a three-phase construction project at the site, located at 101 Columbus Ave.

The youth ministry addition is scheduled to be completed by next spring.

As of Aug. 17, the church had $650,000 in the bank for the project, according to its website.

Several firms are working on the project: Grand Rapids-based Owen-Ames-Kimball Co., the construction manager; Craig Architects; Parkway Electric in Holland; and Zeeland-based Peerbolts, a mechanical contractor.

Youth ministry

The youth ministry addition will provide about 11 classrooms, a large teaching and worship space and restrooms.

The space is expected to meet current and future growth needs of the church and the community, since current attendance within the children ministry programs exceeds capacity.

The roughly $1.1-million addition will be a one-story building with wood framing, masonry and eyebrow windows on the outside, said Adam Tweedy, estimator, Owen-Ames-Kimball Co.

“We are coming off of the existing one-story portion of their facility on the north end and coming toward the parking lot,” Tweedy said.

Renovations

The second and third phases of the construction project include small renovations in other areas in the church, such as a classroom area and a section within the three-story portion of the facility, according to Tweedy.

The renovation phases will cost roughly $200,000.

Construction relationship

Tweedy said Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. began working with Covenant Life Church a couple years ago and was interested in the "very unique facility."

Covenant Life Church is located within the former Story & Clark Piano Factory and incorporates heavy timber, exposed steel construction and masonry.

“Over this course of time, we have worked with them through some zoning things and working to finally get to the point where they had the project that they wanted,” Tweedy said.

“It has been a pleasure to work with them so far and hope to continue to work with them in the future.”

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