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MID-NOVEMBER 2017

The next few months will be busy showing major changes to the property. Beginning the first week of December, a full-time construction manager will be on-site who will remain until project completion. The new structure will be larger, and the expanded foundation will be poured in December to accommodate the larger footprint.

Demolition of the remaining portion of the building has been on hold until the new steel for the next structure arrives. Demo and new construction needs to be timed together. The removal of the remaining structure and the arrival of the new steel is scheduled mid-to-late December 2017.

The plan calls to have the exterior walls and roof completely assembled by February 2018. Once the exterior structure is completed, crews will be working on the interior build-out including electrical, plumbing, HVAC, etc. Interior work will not be visible, but we will update here as progress occurs.

Below is a rendering of the expected new building exterior. Multiple textures of brick, wood and metal have been incorporated. Please be aware that there may be minor changes along the construction journey.

 

Real Life Christian Church Rendering
As you can see, we will no longer be able to refer to our building as “The Red Barn on Centerville.” We believe this new design will be more intriguing to newcomers and unbelievers, and the interior will be warm and friendly as more natural lighting is added wherever possible. The interior will also include additional children's classrooms to serve our little ones, a redesigned lobby to help welcome everyone, and a revamped students area to continue to build into the younger generations.
The estimated timeline for completion is currently set to have us all under our new roof worshiping together in December of 2018. Merry early Christmas to us! If you have any questions about the building, feel free to email Brett Coates directly.

Your continued prayers are needed. A lot of effort will go into construction management and planning during the next year. We look forward to what God IS doing through the ministry of Real Life now and what He WILL do in the future!

 

WHAT HAPPENED

Shortly after 6pm on March 31, 2017, an EF-2 Tornado ripped through our church leaving two-thirds of the building destroyed. Thankfully nobody was inside and nobody was hurt. As we worked through the insurance process, it became apparent that the building was a total loss and we would have to rebuild from the ground up. With a new reality to face we decided that though our building was devastated, our church was not shaken. With this attitude we embarked down the road of cleaning up and rebuilding. We will be posting periodic updates on this page.

 

Mid-October 2017

The insurance process took some time, but it takes many necessary steps in evaluating a multi-million dollar building before deeming it a total loss. The insurance process is complete, and the design of the new building’s interior and exterior layout has begun.

A large part of what is holding us back from removing the remaining destroyed building is simple - for the moment what is still standing is protecting what we need it to protect. The exterior wall and remaining roof are preventing damage to the following items that we can salvage and reuse in the next building:

  • New Upstairs HVAC (heating and air conditioning units)
  • Plumbing
  • Elevator
  • Metal studs
  • Second floor hallways, Children and Student rooms

Below are some photos of what the interior looks like now. Much has been cleaned up and removed. Preparations are being made for phase 2 of demolition that will be taking place soon.

 

Former Downstairs Children's Room
Former Lobby and Coffee Bar Area
Former Nnursery Room

 

Remaining elements of the building will be demolished as soon as the new steel for the next building is delivered on site. The new steel has been ordered. Once the new steel is fabricated and delivered, it can be attached to the second-floor areas and the remaining compromised steel columns, roof and exterior/interior walls removed.

Plans for the new building should be completed in the very near future. The next building will include some impressive upgrades and a completely new look for the exterior.

Prayer for wisdom to design the most functional and inviting building is requested. It is an honor to see something go from paper to reality that will one day hold people who will hear about Jesus for the first time, be baptized, and grow in their relationship with Jesus.