Ancon Updates Prairie Street Mennonite Church!

Updated modern interior feel

Prairie Street Mennonite Church, Elkhart, IN-Ancon Construction is excited to announce that a building addition and interior design upgrades for the Prairie Street Mennonite Church have been completed.  The project was overseen by Ancon Project Manager Doug VonGunten and Field Superintendent Steve Taylor.  The project entailed a fellowship hall expansion, patio, new restrooms, coffee station, an entire re-roof with improved insulation values as well as the redesign of the main circulation corridor with an open atrium design.

Before-Dark Uninviting Corridor

After-Added skylight and renovations to create an inviting space.

“The Ancon team worked closely with the building committee on several ministry design challenges such as existing issues of overcrowding, outdated restrooms, and failing flat roofs which held water,” explained Ancon Designer Matthew VanSoest.  “Our ministry design solution created an open, natural day lit fellowship hall with visual and physical access to the patio and landscape, spacious ADA restrooms on the main level, and a sloped Kalwall® Translucent Roof System – which not only allows roof top water to drain more efficiently, but exposes the original stain glass windows of the original church building.”

Prairie Street partnered with Ancon using the Design Build method for this project leveraging our in house architects.  Church specialists at Ancon form a Design-Build team which strives to listen and to understand a congregation’s unique ministry.  We have found that no two churches are a like – so finding the appropriate solution to the current ministry needs or for the needs of the future must be strategically and thoughtfully examined.  Utilizing the design build method allowed Prairie Street to get exactly the look and feel that they wanted, begin construction quicker and kept the project on budget.  The ultimate question we ask: How will ministry goals shape spatial needs?  Evaluating the project scope, defining priorities, and planning for the future with one purpose – enhancing our Lord’s Kingdom here on Earth.

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