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May 5, 2017

Institutional Construction

Photo from Donovan Brothers
Board-on-board siding was stained to match the rustic look of an adjacent barn.


Open air structure
Donovan Brothers

Architect: BPH Architects

Engineer: DCI Engineers

Owner: New Community Church

ABC members: SKIS Painting; Parker, Smith & Feek



The New Community Church was founded in 1993 and has worked steadily on completing the master plan for the church grounds.

Located on the historic Olson Mansion property in Maple Valley, the grounds include the old mansion and a refurbished barn that is used for regular worship services. Donovan Brothers was hired in the fall of 2015 to build a convertible gathering place for the congregation that is adjacent to the manor and barn.

The open air structure was designed to be used year-round. It has custom fabricated aluminum bi-fold doors that were sourced in Wisconsin and installed along the exterior of the structure. The doors differ from commercial rolling doors because they collapse in the center and fold up to form canopies around the building. The closed doors allow for a 360-degree view outside because they are styled with large glass windows.

Church representatives wanted the structure to complement the barn. That was done with board-on-board siding stained with a homemade mixture of vinegar and steel wool to match the rustic look of the barn.

The building has a back-to-back interior/exterior fireplace made of CMU and stone. The exterior features a 7-foot-wide-by-5-foot-tall fire box and the interior has a Heat & Glo natural gas fireplace.

The main challenge of the project was building it during an extraordinarily wet winter. To meet a strict schedule to complete the building in time for Easter service in 2016, the team poured the slab on schedule and then worked through weekends and took advantage of every good weather opportunity to finish it on time and on budget. There were no medical or time-loss injuries during the 2,872 hours worked.


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