posted by Jonathan Langdon
Spring is upon us and we have some exciting buildings taking shape. Four large projects in our office all began construction within a few weeks of one another and are plotting along similar construction schedules. Below is a quick behind-the-scense glimpse of each.
1. Greater Mount Zion Church – New Campus
As spring is upon us, the massive 52,000+ sf building form is taking shape, as well as the campus layout. The new church will be fully enclosed before the start of Austin's rain season. Currently on site a multitude of work is being done from structural framing, roof laying, constructing the concrete bench at the entry foyer, exterior sheathing and façade finishes, to interior walls, mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-ins at the same time. Three sets of stairs and HVAC units will be installed in the upcoming weeks. Construction is anticipated to finish up at the end of summer.
2. Bethany United Methodist Church – New Sanctuary
Bethany United Methodist Church is moving right along with construction of their 25,800 sf new worship center. On the interior, they are nearing completion of framing walls, hanging ductwork and installing conduit. They are working hard to get everything at the exposed ceiling over the worship space complete for dry-fall painting. On the exterior, they have completed the brick masonry on the chancel wall and pilasters and are gearing up for the tower next. Stucco subs have mobilized and will begin work on the music suite soon and windows are being installed. The roof top units have been delivered and installed over the Narthex and the sloped roofs will receive their shingles and metal fascias over the next month. The church was especially excited to have the cross delivered, prayed over, and installed on top of the tower just in time for Easter. Completion is scheduled for early this fall.
3. St. William Catholic Church – New Parish Activity Center
St. William in Round Rock is currently nearing dry-in on a 13,650 sf multi-use building for education, evangelization, & community outreach. The majority of exterior sheathing insulation has been installed and is being waterproofed in preparation for exterior masonry. Membrane and composite tile roofing will follow, and the packaged HVAC units will be lifted into place on the roof. Final roof trusses are being put into place, and soon the upper level structure for the attached tower will take shape as well. Door frames are installed, and windows are on their way. With the bulk of interior mechanical, electrical, and plumbing work done prior to fixture installation, interior walls await sheetrock once the building is watertight. In the coming weeks, the traditional mediterranean-inspired exterior of the building will begin to take on its final appearance with the carefully coordinated installation of limestone, cast stone, and stucco. Completion is scheduled for this summer.
4. Austin Baptist Church – New Education Addition
The 47,290 sf expansion of Austin Baptist Church is being constructed in two stages. Currently, the East wing of the education expansion is underway. Slabs have been cast, tiltwalls raised, roof framing and interior wall framing are underway. American Constructors, Inc. has successfully completed the tie in to the existing building, completing some logistically challenging tasks that allowed the church to remain in full operation with very little disruption. Work on the South education expansion wing is just beginning as earthwork and underground utilities are progressing despite the wet weather. Completion is expected September of this year.
» Read more about the project and see renderings here.