Sept 23, 2011BGW Completes Episcopal Church in Roseville, CA
St. John's Episcopal Church building in Roseville was consecrated by the Rt. Rev. Barry Beisner on Friday, September 9 in the center of West Park, a young and growing neighborhood of Roseville.
"This beautiful building has become a visible symbol of Christ in our midst," said the Rev. Cliff Haggenjos, rector of St. John's. "The cross atop our cupola proclaims this to our community and to the world."
A project more than six years in the making, the new church was made possible by a gift of more than 10 acres of land by local developers in 2005. Building God's Way, a Utah-based architectural firm, was chosen to design the worship space, while Hilbers, Inc. handled the construction.
Having outgrown its old location on Main Street, St. John's was able to secure the majority of the funding for the building process from the sale of their former property for $3.5 million in 2007. Honoring its roots, the new sanctuary incorporates furniture and design elements as well as many beautifully restored stained glass windows from Main Street into the new design.
While the completion of the church alone is a huge achievement, it is only phase one of St. John's plans for its property and the community. Phase two will include the construction of educational and office complexes, choir and youth rooms, a parish hall, cafeteria, and commercial kitchen. Phase three will see the building of expanded school facilities.
Over the last year, St. John's has continued to grow along with the West Park neighborhood. "Since making the move, our attendance at Sunday services has increased by about 35 percent," says Haggenjos. "We are meeting new families and friends every Sunday."
–Information from Caitlin Gutenberger, and the Episcopal News Service
Sept 22, 2011Couple Gives BGW Project in Texas $1.1 Million
Marsha Barber has a million reasons to be happy. As administrator of Trinity Christian Academy in Willow Park, she has devoted the past couple of years to fundraising.
The nondenominational school, which has more than 450 students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade, has been in the middle of a $6 million expansion project with Building God's Way to accommodate growth.
So it shouldn't have come as a surprise when a couple called to request a meeting, saying they wanted to make a donation.
When the couple met with Barber last week, they chatted for a few minutes.
"They asked a few questions," Barber said. "It appeared that they had done some research about the school."
What happened next startled the veteran educator.
"They just handed me a check like you or I would write out of our checkbook," Barber said. "I had been thinking this could be something really nice, but whatever it was, to be pleased with it. When I saw '$1 million,' it just took my breath away."
Barber said she couldn't speak at first: $1 million was just what the school needed to pay off what it had borrowed. It could finish a gymnasium and remaining construction at the school, which draws students from Fort Worth, Aledo, Weatherford and outlying areas.
After going on a tour, the couple came back and wrote another check for $100,000 for another project.
"We told the school board the next night and grown men cried. We all had goose bumps -- we just couldn't believe it.".
–Information by Lance Winter & the Star-Telegram
Sept 13, 2011Bozeman-area Christian School Completed
The impressive, brick Petra Academy building on Cottonwood Road is nearly finished, the most recent example of the growth of private schools in Bozeman.
“We’re just thrilled,” Todd Hicks, Petra headmaster, said of the new school. “We’re pinching ourselves. With 120 students, we’re pretty cramped” in the old school, which is near Grace Bible Church in the Genesis Business Park.
The new building, done by Building God's Way and BGW Construction, is expected to cost around $7.5 million, will boast a gym, atrium and theater and allow the school to double enrollment to 226 students. Moving day is Sept. 23.
Petra Academy, in its 17th year, offers a combined Christian and classical education, including learning Latin, rhetoric and Aristotelian logic. The school has grown steadily, from 76 students three years ago to 120 this year in pre-kindergarten (4-year-olds) through grade 12.
– Info from Gail Schontzler, Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Aug 8, 2010 Performing Arts Center Completed in Texas with Building God's Way
Texas Christian Academy (TCA) located in Addison, Texas, unveiled its new 35,000 square foot Performing Arts Center on Sunday, August 8. This $6.9 million facility was designed by Building God's Way and constructed by BGW Builder, Rowland Constructors.
This beautiful new state-of-the-art facility includes concert seating for 900, as well as a new band rehearsal room and band storage room.
BGW is thrilled to see this wonderful, cultural arts resource now available to the community throughout the year.
–Band room photo by Emily Hulen