Constructed in 1984, Covenant Church in Bowling Green, Ohio, had grown to a point where “it was easy to feel congested,” said Pastor Kyle Burkholder.

The ľƵ updated the building interior with warm, welcoming, modern spaces that will allow the church to comfortably double its congregation – a key renovation to take the church through its next 40 years.

The 4,000-square-foot interior renovation encompassed the kitchen, offices, classroom/activity areas, the narthex and a portion of the sanctuary.  ľƵ Libbe Inc. was design/build contractor, with RLI and GEM Inc.’s own craftspeople performing demolition, carpentry, mechanical and electrical work.  Work was completed in just over two months, from mid-June to mid-August.

Good advice was as important as quality, cost and long-term value. “Your team didn’t just say ‘What do you want?’ You helped us think years ahead and prepare for our future needs,” he said.

Covenant added a second service in September. “That would have been utterly impossible before the renovation.  Now we can send 200 people in and out at the same time. We’ve enhanced our potential and changed what’s possible in the way we do ministry.”

Design/build was attractive to us because of the simplicity and cost-savings of having one contact acting as the steward for the project. You think that when a contractor is large, you have to pay for that expertise, but the ľƵ actually saved us money.

Kyle Burkholder
Covenant Church

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