Today we're sharing the photos from the modular building framework that comprised Lillian Episcopal Church of the Advent.
To see this American Carpenter Gothic style church from the street you might assume that it has been sitting on the property for a hundred years, when in fact, the majority of the buildinga was brought in on wheels and assembled on the site just a few months ago.
Yes, this amazing historic looking building has a secret that most folks would not be able to guess--it is built using seven individual modular components. The skeleton of it was prefabricated in a factory, delivered and setup within just a few months from the time it was ordered. After setup, the custom finishes were added to transform a simple modular building into a picturesque rural Gothic style structure that is so prevalent around the Southeastern USA.
Rose Office Systems provided the design of the structural "bones" of the modular building that was built by Kings Custom Builders in Ellaville, GA. Setup of the modules was handled by Gordon Gilmore of Gilmore Construction. Finishing details such as flooring, paint, lighting, custom doors, siding and a roof were site-installed by Marty Leonard Construction. The site-installed siding material is a board and batten look that compliments the architectural style of the facility.
The solid front doors weigh an impressive 300 lbs each. These were site-installed with custom closers that are buried in the concrete for fluid movement upon opening.
This original design concept of this exquisite church was designed by Jackie Waller of Barganier Davis Sims Architects in Montgomery. Jackie continued to work parallel with Rose and handled the design of the finish applications that were site installed. Marty Leonard Construction added the enormous pitched roof that makes this building so stunning. Art Hahn of COTA was the project manager, overseeing the project from start to finish.
Corner buttresses add visual interest and also tip a hat to the original Gothic cathedrals such as Notre Dame that were constructed with flying buttresses as support elements.
Advent Lillian is a previous Rose customer who purchased their first modular building from us in 1997. When we first worked with Episcopal Church of the Advent we provided them with an open sanctuary with a small kitchen area and a lobby. Since that time, we've made substantial leaps in the progress of the way modular buildings are constructed and assembled, allowing for much taller ceiling heights that are on most modular assembly wish-lists. While an eleven foot ceiling height isn't up to Notre Dame standards, it is still an impressive height in an industry where eight and nine foot ceiling heights are the norm. We are so pleased that they decided to go with a Rose modular building again for their new sanctuary space addition to their campus.
The Gothic floor plan was easily constructed using modular design. The traditional Gothic design is in the shape of a cross, which lends itself well to modular construction. When you enter the impressive front doors the view carries through the Narthex into the Nave to the three massive Gothic arch windows behind the raised stage area.
The tray ceiling of the Narthex was raised to a full eleven foot height in the center with an impressive custom chandelier added on site.
A chair rail moulding with a bead board type treatment was applied to the lower half of the wall. Custom wall sconces made to look like candles add ambiance to the space.
Beautiful custom doors make an impressive statement up entering the sanctuary area.
Once inside the Nave the North and South Transepts, or arms of the "t" shape, flank the room as an exact mirror image of one another, creating balance and symmetry throughout the space.
This was a concept that Jackie Waller, designer of the floor plan, insisted upon. The end result is absolutely breathtaking. Her vision for the overall building design was absolutely impeccable as is evidenced throughout the space.
Attention to detail by the customer, the contractors, Rose and the factory helped this project come together seamlessly.
Custom hewn barn wood was use for the flooring of the raised altar area.
The ceilings are a signature Rose look with crown molding and custom lighting added on site.
Ceramic tile resembling slate was site installed throughout the majority of the building. All of the furnishings were provided by the customer.
The width of the room allows for a seating capacity of around 150 people.
The interior doors are now offered by Rose as an optional item. The oil rubbed bronze hardware throughout the building is updated but still classic.
The Gothic arched windows were specially ordered by Art Hahn and shipped to the factory for installation. They were stained and trimmed out on site, resulting in a beautiful architectural feature that probably made the most visual impact on the interior of the building. Adding the arched windows instead of standard commercial grade vertical slider type windows are what really transformed things from a standard commercial building into a church.
In outer rooms such as the sacristy, flower guild and janitor closet more standard finishes were used.
Standard finished such as acoustical T-Grid ceilings and Rose standard roll vinyl flooring helped to offset building material costs in rooms that were not accessed by the public.
Oak cabinetry was built by Kings Custom Builders and painted to match the wall color. Oil rubbed bronze knobs and hinges stay true to the design scheme. These are the small details that add so much to the overall cohesive look of the modular building.
Back out in the entrance hallway, these beautiful Roma Lanterns by Chelsea House were spec'ed by Jackie. Simply beautiful with a quiet elegance that fits so well in this space.
The Parlor offers a quiet area for mother's of small children to hear the service or brides to get ready before a wedding.
The ladies restroom is accessible from both the hallway and the parlor for privacy. Even inside the lavatories, no detail was spared. The solid surface countertops were installed by the factory with a convenient opening for a waste basket underneath.
The factory installed the restroom fixtures and faucets that were purchased at Lowes.
Even the men deserve an attractive restroom space, don't you think?
Have the entrances to the restrooms at the end of the entrance hallway provides privacy and also serve as a sound barrier.
The quiet serenity that exudes from this sanctuary is so peaceful and relaxing.
There is little doubt that this is one of the most beautiful buildings that Rose has ever had the honor of providing to a customer. We are so thankful to Art, Jackie, Gordon, Marty and everyone at Kings Custom for making this customer's dream an amazing reality at a cost savings that is just incredible.