Building Progress

Want to stay up to date with the progress of our building expansion? You’ve come to the right place! With each phase, we will keep you informed of what’s going on and how it will affect our ministries.


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February 23, 2018

This week, work continued on finishing up the exterior metal curved roofs, the cabinetry at the far west side of the Main Lobby and just outside the South Side Café, and completing work on the inspection punch list items throughout the church.

Entrance Door Numbers Changed: The first thing you may notice is that the entrance door numbers have been changed. Here are pictures for each of the major door entrances:  

Door 1 is the Main Lobby West Entrance for access to the South Side Café, Assembly Room 380, and in direct line with the entrance to kid::life.

Door 2 is the Main Lobby Center Entrance, consisting of two sets of automatic double doors.

Door 3 is the Main Lobby East Entrance, consisting of two sets of automatic double doors and access to the Prayer Room.

Door 4 is the south side entrance to student::life.

Door 5 is the north side entrance to student::life. It also leads to Common Grounds to the right and farther down the hallway to the right it leads to the Life Center. Also in this picture is Door 6, which will be locked during winter months, but an entry into Common Grounds during the summer.

Door 7 is the main entrance into Common Grounds and the Church Reception Desk.

Door 8 is also on the north side and will be the main entrance for kid::life and the Counseling Center.

Exterior Curved Metal Roofs: Warmer weather this week allowed the contractors to make major strides to complete installation of the metal roofs on all three curved roof systems. There remains the task of sealing the seams next week, which will complete the entire roofing system.   

This is a picture of the Common Grounds entrance on the north side:

This is a picture of the Main Lobby east entrance:

Main Reception Desk in Common Grounds: The main reception desk area at the Common Grounds entrance was completed this week.

South Side Café: The South Side Café is just off the kid::life end of the Main Lobby. This week, work commenced on the cabinetry along the curved wall at the kid::life end of the Main Lobby.

February 16, 2018

The last two weeks have been focused on the South Side Café, the adjoining Assembly Room 380, the kitchen and the Prayer Room and clean up around the entire building expansion.  In addition, on Friday, February 9 the county inspected the entire building for alarms, signage, plumbing and electrical codes.  There were a few items needed to correct which were completed this week and so our occupancy permit for the entire building was approved February 14.   

South Side Café  

The South Side Café is just off the kid::life end of the main lobby.  This week work continued on installing the cabinetry, counters and sinks and final touch up painting.  There remains a food display counter to install, corner protections, and digital signage.

Assembly Room 380    

Last week Room 380 was completed and the facilities crew made it ready for the winter Baptism event last Sunday February 11.  Here is a picture of Room 380 with the Baptism pool, chairs and sound in place.

This is a picture of Room 380 this week looking from the café through the double barn doors.  380 is set up for overflow from the café.

Tables for the Main Lobby, Kitchen, and Room 380 

Thank you ministry partners for assembling 44 tables some of which go in the main lobby, some in the café and some in the Room 380.

South Side Kitchen  

The kitchen equipment installation was completed last week.  Here’s a picture looking into the kitchen from the adjoining Assembly Room 380. Next week there are a few minor items to finish including the installation of a two stainless wall shelves.

An ice maker, counter space and dishwasher sits in the center isle.

In the foreground is a long counter with a 3-bay open well warming table.

Prayer Room  

The Prayer Room is on the other side of the main lobby from the South Side Café and Kitchen.  From a construction standpoint that room is complete and ready for us to install furniture and wall hangings.

February 2, 2018

This past week was focused on completing punch lists of inspected rooms from last week. The building committee inspected four rooms this week and developed a list of items needed to accept the rooms. This list is called a punch list.  Those rooms included the Main Lobby, the Café’, the adjoining Assembly Room 380, and on the other side of the Main Lobby, the large Assembly Room 400. Next Friday, February 9, the county will be inspecting the entire building and we anticipate obtaining our official Occupancy Permit!   

Handicap Parking remains the same and is available at the Common Grounds entrance, kid::life door #5 leading to kid::life, and parking lot D on the east side of the student::life wing. Golf cart shuttle service will continue from Parking Lot D. Use the Main Lobby and Common Grounds entrances for pick up and drop off. 

A Third-Week Reminder: Traffic between kid::life Check in and the Main Auditorium: The double doors between the far left side of the Auditorium leading to kid::life have been removed. The closest door to kid::life from the Auditorium is one set of doors just before the entrance to kid::life from the Main Lobby.   

Main Lobby and South Side AdditionThis week the entire Main Lobby was inspected and work on the punch list commenced, which mainly included touch up spackle and painting and cleaning the windows. In addition, seven new video screens were hung and programmed.

Part of the Main Lobby addition included opening up Common Grounds to the hallway leading to the Main Lobby and installing a beautiful barn door. This week the accent wall behind the barn door was painted…barn red!

Also part of the Main Lobby addition is the large Assembly Room 400 on the far right or east end of the Main Lobby. This week the building committee inspected this room and work commenced on completing the punch list items.

Outside the Main Lobby, the metal roof above the drive-through was completed. The roof areas remaining to be completed with metal roofing material include the curved roof entrance to the Main Lobby and the two curved roofs and one shed roof leading to Common Grounds. This picture is of the Main Entrance, south side.

Common Grounds Entrance: The main receptionist desk in the Common Grounds Lobby has been in various stages of completion over the last few weeks and is just about finished.

kid::life Wing Additions: Work continued on the installation of the kitchen equipment. The café was inspected this week by the building committee and a punch list was developed. Work commenced on that punch list as well as installing new cabinets.

Adjacent to the café is Assembly Room 380, which was inspected this week and work commenced on completing the punch list items.

January 26, 2018

This was the fourth week of the new year and this week again was focused on finish work and electrical and mechanical testing.  Several spaces were inspected by the church building committee and punch lists developed.  Those spaces included the new student::life breakout rooms and restrooms, the base camp and adjacent hall and restrooms, and the large kid::life assembly room.   

Handicap Parking remains the same and is available at the Common Grounds entrance, kid::life door #5 leading to kid::life, and parking lot D on the east side of the student::life wing. Golf cart shuttle service will continue from Parking Lot D.  Use the Main Lobby and Common Grounds entrances for pick up and drop off. 

A reminder of a change to traffic between Kid::Life Check in and the Main Auditorium:  

The double doors between the far left side of the Auditorium leading to kid::life have been removed.  The closest door to kid::life from the Auditorium is one set of doors just before the entrance to kid::life from the main lobby.

Main Lobby and South Side:   

The entire new main lobby and expanded hallway to common grounds is completed with the exception of paint touch up and cleaning.  Work this week included texture painting the columns, painting trellis hardware and finish work around round the trellises and painting the wall around the new barn door to common grounds.

Outside the main lobby metal roof above the drive through is almost completed. 

kid::life Wing Additions:   

Work continued on the installation of the kitchen equipment and counters.

Work continued in the café installing the knee wall.

The double barn doors in the café picture lead to the overflow room which is nearing completion but for now being used as a materials storage area for the kitchen and café.

The next room over is the kid::life large assembly room, which was inspected this week.

The last room over is the Base Camp and adjacent restrooms.  Last weekend a special contractor spray painted four murals on the upper walls of Base Camp.  Base Camp is ready for the installation of the large play equipment and surrounding padded flooring by an outside contractor. On the outside, the brick facing was installed around the Base Camp windows. 

student::life Additions:   

This week the sidewalk overhang outside of the student::life addition was completed.  The steel roof was installed and the steel structure and underside of the overhang was painted.

Outfitting and FurnishingNew tables, chairs, and cabinets are arriving.  A big thank you to the facilities staff and ministry partners for unloading and assembling the large table and credenzas in the main conference room and the 12 tables in the six student::life breakout rooms. 


January 19, 2018

This week we focused on finishing work. This Sunday you will notice new details completed in the Main Lobby. We still have work to be completed but it’s coming together nicely.  

Monday’s Internet and Phone Temporary Shut Down:
We have to do major technical work that will require our phone line and Internet to not work at the office. If you call the church you will not receive a voice mail message or even a dial tone because the system will be off. We are aware of this and apologize for the inconvenience. The offices will be open, but many staff members are working off-site to maintain Internet access. If you are a client of The Counseling Center, please follow directions you received from them for your appointments.  

kid::life Entrance Update Between kid::life Lobby and the Main Auditorium: 
The double doors between the far left side of the Main Auditorium leading to kid::life have been removed permanently. The closest door to kid::life from the Auditorium is one set of doors to the right of the old door, which will lead to the hallway between the Main Lobby and kid::life. We removed this door to make kid::life more secure. Thank you for your patience during this transition.


Main Lobby and South Side Cafe:  
Baseboards, texture painting, and carpet finishing work continued in the Main Lobby and hallway between Common Grounds.

The Main Lobby porte-cochère steel framing was painted and inside roofing was installed.

There has been exciting progress in the new café, now officially called The South Side Café. In the kitchen, equipment and counter installation continued.

New carpet, tile, barn doors to the gathering space, and the beginning of the serving counter were also installed.



January 12, 2018

This is the end of second week of the new year and we are fast finishing the expansion of Living Word.  The most obvious changes will be noticeable in the Main Lobby.   

Handicap Parking  is available at the Common Grounds entrance, kid::life door #5, and parking lot D. Golf cart shuttle service will continue from Parking Lot D. Use the Main Lobby and Common Grounds entrances for pick up and drop off. 


Main Lobby and South Side: The entire new portion of the Main Lobby was carpeted this week.  Here are pictures from the main entrance looking to the right and then left.

Under the two trellises, there will be cabinetry for storage.

Off the Main Lobby to the right as you enter will be the new prayer room.  This picture is one of the walls with the stone feature. The carpet is scheduled to be installed next week.

Outside, on the south side, the weather turned Wednesday and work could not continue on the raised seam roof system on the curved canopy and the canopy over the student::life entrance. 

kid::life Wing Additions: This week the kitchen equipment and counters began to be installed. The multicolored feature wall in the kid::life lobby was also installed.

December 29, 2017 Update

Last Saturday and Sunday we celebrated Christmas Services with almost all of the renovation and new work completed and open in the Common Grounds entrance and the new Main Lobby and restrooms.   

Handicap Parking is available at the Common Grounds entrance, kid::life door #5, and parking lot D. Golf cart shuttle service will continue from parking lot D. Use the Main Lobby and Common Grounds entrances for pick up and drop off. 

Common Grounds Lobby Entrance and North Addition: The Common Grounds entrance lobby is 95% complete. This week, carpet was installed and the inside curved overhead paneling was installed.

The North Office addition and landscaping is substantially complete.

The final metal roofing continued this week on the roof left of the entrance and a new roof above Door 3 continued.   

Main Lobby and South SideOutside on the south side, the exterior work on siding, roofing, and landscaping continued and is about 95% complete.

Inside the entire new Main Lobby will be open. The ceiling has en completed and installation of window treatments commenced. The look and feel is awesome. Preparation for carpeting is expected next week.  

The stone feature wall was completed and the two trellises were erected with lighting.

A new entrance to the Common Grounds area from the widened east lobby hallway was created with a barn door to close off the entrance if needed.

kid::life Wing Additions:  The café was painted and the ceiling completed.

Last week the new kitchen walls were painted, the flooring installed, and the new walk-in refrigerator/freezer was installed. This week the stove/oven hood was installed and the ceiling grid was installed.    

The open ceiling in the large café overflow room next to the café and kitchen was painted black last week and the walls received the first coat of paint this week.   

Next to the large café overflow room is the large multimedia room, which  was painted this week. The grids and lighting for the four ceiling clouds were completed and carpet laid.

And the final room in the kid::life addition is the new BaseCamp. That room is essentially completed to the point where the soft floor covering and climbing equipment can be installed when received.

student::life Wing Additions:  The entire student::life wing on the east side is 95% completed. This is a picture of one of the six small breakout rooms.

The large meeting room off the east Main Lobby was substantially completed last week with some paint touch up and baseboards left. The prayer room off the east Main Lobby was painted last week and the ceiling grid was installed and electrical hook ups completed this week.

December 15, 2018

This Sunday we will have more of the Main Lobby open to enjoy. As we continue, every week more finishes (paint, flooring, trim, doors, etc.) are being installed, which gives us a great sense of the finished design. Thank you for your patience and excitement with this project. Here are a few important updates from this week.  

Common Grounds Lobby: The curved ceiling inside the entrance and the new receptionist desk installation started this week.

Metal roofing installation continued this week and a new roof structure began over door 3.     

Main Lobby: Inside the Main Lobby, construction has been moving rapidly. Painting and ceiling installation create a visible difference in the space. This Sunday you will see the new ceiling almost completed in the new Lobby. The men’s restroom near the Life Center was completed this week and is open for use. The existing hallway between the Main Lobby and Common Grounds has been being widened and is almost complete. 

The large meeting room off the Main Lobby and the prayer rooms are almost done, except for some touch-up painting.


New Café & kid::life Additions: Painting began in the new café, and  drywall was finished in the new kitchen and adjacent large meeting room. The stage platform, sound booth, audio-visual wiring and wall painting continued in the new kid::life large room.  


Finishing work continues in Basecamp with the installation of cabinets, carpet, tile, and painting.   


student::life Wing Additions:  The entire student::life wing on the east side is nearing completion. New restrooms were completed as well as large wall windows, a skylight, and carpeting.