Wayzata Community Church

BKBM provided structural engineering for a $6 million renovation and addition project to the existing church facility.

Location: Wayzata, MN
Client: Rafferty Rafferty Tollefson Lindeke Architects
Services: Structural
Construction Cost: $6.0 million
Construction Materials: Wood, Masonry, Precast Concrete, Structural Steel 

The renovations focused on access/wayfinding, worship, high school ministry, and restoration/repair. Some of the structural changes involved removing the existing porte cochere and replacing it with a larger footprint, expanding the existing chapel which involved removing and replacing the sloped wood roof and expanding the basement floor footprint below, adding new canopies to the east and southwest entries to improve wayfinding for the daycare facility and the chapel entrances, and removing the existing dormered roof structure in an approximately 46’x58’ area in the center of the campus and replacing it with a full height floor level to create a large gathering space for high school students.

The original structure designed for the roof over the high school ministries consisted of steel trusses with an attic space to house mechanical units. By working with the Contractor, Architect, and Mechanical Engineer, this framing was modified during construction to be a flat roof with roof top mechanical units. This helped reduce the overall project cost and simplify material placement since crane access to the roof at this area of the campus was limited.

As part of an earlier project, BKBM also provided structural engineering for a 50,000 square foot, three-story Enrichment Center addition to the northwest side of the church which featured a large intergenerational room, choral/choir rehearsal rooms, administration, offices, storage, mechanical, conference, science classrooms, art classrooms, computer classrooms, future development space and large main hall and lobby.

The structural framing for the Enrichment Center addition consisted of precast plank floors supported by interior steel beams/columns and perimeter masonry walls. Roof framing consisted of steel framed hip roofs with several steel framed roof trusses.