Our Savior Lutheran Church project included two building additions totaling 17,358 SF and the renovation of 5,022 SF of existing space. The first building addition connects to the existing Sanctuary. This addition created a larger Narthex, a large classroom with tiered seating, two additional classrooms, a kitchenette, restrooms, and a few other ancillary spaces. The second addition connects to the existing Fellowship Hall and is now utilized for youth education. This addition created seven new classrooms, a youth recreation room, and a few other ancillary spaces. The renovated space created three additional classrooms, two administrative offices, and a conference room.
This project had a few challenging aspects to overcome during construction. Initially, this project came in over-budget by approximately $450,000. Bush worked with the architectural team and subcontractors to reduce the overall project costs, and bring the project back within budget. The second hurdle was that the church is currently on a septic system, but as part of the project, the church is now connected to Davenport city services. The septic system was located beneath one of the new additions. Bush worked extensively with the architectural team and the subcontractors to create a phasing plan to make the new connection to the city without the church losing the use of this utility. Lastly, the soils at the building additions were unsuitable to withstand the loading of the additions, and intermediate foundations were needed to be installed. Bush worked with the earthwork contractor to create a site grading phasing plan to efficiently install the intermediate foundations without interrupting the flow of construction.