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Church begins $4.6M project

March 28, 2018
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Trinity Lutheran Church interior rendering
Courtesy Trinity Lutheran Church

A local church is embarking on a $4.6-million expansion and renovation.

Trinity Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids, at 2700 Fulton St. E, is beginning the year-long project in early April.

The 34,000-square-foot church is getting a new 2,900-square-foot fellowship space, a complete renovation of the contemporary worship space, a new entrance and corridor transformation.

The work is designed to unify an evolving congregation that supports multiple worship styles for different generations. 

The project should be completed in 2019.

“Four years of planning now progresses into active construction, as we seek to care well for our nearly 60-year-old facility and pray God’s blessings on this significant project,” Senior Pastor Robert Linstrom said. 

Firms on the project

Progressive AE is the architect on the project.

Owen-Ames-Kimball is providing construction management services.

Three phases

The project will be constructed in three phases, allowing church activities to continue relatively normally.

The first phase is dedicated to the fellowship construction. The fellowship area, which will infill the current outside courtyard, will feature cathedral ceilings with clerestory windows, a central glass-paneled staircase leading to the main floor and an open wall connecting to the worship area. Adjacent renovations to existing spaces will also be completed during the first phase.

The second phase will renovate the contemporary worship area and will feature a new acoustical cloud ceiling, new stage area with integrated theatrical lighting and an inductive hearing loop system beneath the flooring to provide better worship access for the hearing impaired. The space will also receive new flooring, paint and finishes throughout.

The first and second phase timelines overlap and will be completed at the same time.

The third and final phase of the project includes a new entrance on the west side of the building and architectural vestibule, opening up an existing corridor for direct access into the new fellowship space and final reconfigurations for better traffic flow. The traditional worship area will also receive upgraded lighting.

Last year, the church completed a $1-million project to restore of its cross tower and improve parking.


The bulk of the latest project is being funded by a $5.8-million capital campaign, with the rest being financed by the Mission Investment Fund of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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