First Baptist Church of Umatilla

Umatilla, FL

The Collage Companies recently completed the construction of a new state-of-the-art 29,040 SF multi-use church building for First Baptist Church of Umatilla, Florida. This building provides a new expanded Narthex which joins the existing Sanctuary Narthex to the new multi-use church building. A main feature of the new building is the large two-story Events Center which is able to accommodate large community gatherings, ministry fairs and other special functions that the church will be hosting. Adjacent to the Events Center is the new Education Wing which houses both the education needs of the church as well as the Sonshine Pre-School, a ministry of First Baptist Umatilla Church. The Education Wing has a large gathering space that will be used for smaller functions as well as the Awana ministry of the church. The building is constructed using a tilt-wall concrete envelope with a flat single-ply membrane roof and the high-efficiency HVAC equipment. The new Multi-Use Building has a large Porte-Cochere which provides a convenient drop-off area during times of inclement weather.

Collage and BGW worked with First Baptist Church of Umatilla to assist them in implementing the full depth of the BGW Design and Construction program. This Tripartite Team quickly developed a preliminary design to provide the church with all that they need to determine the feasibility of the project, conduct fund-raising and obtain financing. The Team successfully followed up by developing buy-in with their subcontractor trade partners, facilitating value engineering, soliciting “gifts-in-kind”, and implementing an extensive “Ministry of Construction” program which impacted the lives of hundreds of construction workers. The end result is a ministry targeted, cost effective and quality facility which meets the needs of the ministry and the community and positions First Baptist Church of Umatilla for future growth.


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