Campus Expansion and Renovation

It's concrete, y'all

May 16, 2019 was a milestone day in the construction of our new building.  Shown here are workers using power trowels and hand tools to smooth the newly poured concrete floor.

Constructing a Strong Foundation

Work continues to move along on our building project, and we continue to be grateful for our excellent project managers, architects and construction professionals. As of now, almost all of our underground work and utility relocation has been completed. That means that over the next several weeks you’ll get a clearer picture of the footprint of the new building as our foundation and slab are poured along with some of the curbs and aprons on the boundaries of our property. By the end of May you may even start to see the steel support structure take shape as we take the first steps toward getting our building up out of the ground.

Also, as we prepare for the next stages of the building process, you’ll notice ongoing work at our elevator entrance, including the use of a new temporary door. The new door will provide the same step-free access to the elevator as our existing door and will be our primary handicapped entrance for the remainder of the project. We continue to work on a weekly (and sometimes daily) basis to maintain accessibility to our elevator and to coordinate scheduling with our construction team so that our activities and services are minimally impacted. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to make great progress in our building project.

Photos taken 04-24-2019

Actual construction is underway

Actual construction of our new building has begun, as evidenced by this photo on Friday, April 12, 2019.

Construction progress necessitates entry changes
You can now access the elevator entrance to our building only from the Spring Street side of our campus. If you plan to use the elevator when coming to Central, please plan to park on Spring Street or in any of the three city lots along Spring Street adjacent to our building. From the Broad Street side of our campus, you may enter the building through the sanctuary doors or through the alley next to the Carnegie Library. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to make progress on our church expansion.
Being an active church in an active construction zone

With the construction phase of our building project off to a great start, most of the work happening so far has been basic site preparation and utility relocation. The bulk of that work is now done, although you’ll continue to see some ongoing utility work. This photo, taken Wednesday, March 20, shows that the curb boundaries are being set along Spring and Broad Streets. Soon you’ll see the outline of the building begin to take shape as the site is laid out for the first footings to be poured.

Thank you for your patience as we learn together how best to navigate being an active church on an active construction site. It’s an exciting time to be at Central. Thank you for your continued prayers for this project and for our church.

Bye, bye Brown Street

As site preparation continued toward the end of February 2019, no evidence remained that our block of Brown Street ever existed.

Site preparation gets underway

As January 2019 came to a close, site preparation continued to ramp up, with the relocation of utilities a top priority.

Brown Street closed

At 10:00 pm on Wednesday, January 9, our block of Brown Street was permanently closed. This allowed construction on our expanded complex to commence.

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Sunday, January 6 was a historic day in the life of our church as we broke ground for the construction phase of our building project. More than a year of mostly behind-the-scenes work has led us to what is now a very visible phase of our “Building on the Past, Building for the Future” campaign.

Construction on the new building is scheduled to begin on January 28, while conversion of the current fellowship hall to children’s space is scheduled to get underway in November.

Participants In the Groundbreaking Ceremony: 

Eric Johnson, Comprehensive Program Services; Rob Schulten, Comprehensive Program Services; Mitch Headley, Headley Construction; Luke Headley, Headley Construction; Hank Houser, Houser Walker Architecture; Amy Leathers, Houser Walker Architecture

Kip Oldham, Facilities Planning Team (co-chair); Leah Sumner, Facilities Planning Team (co-chair); Norma Haynes, Facilities Planning Team; Otis Jones, III, Capital Campaign Team; Carrie Markham, Facilities Planning Team; Becca Springfield, Facilities Planning Team; Adam Steele, Facilities Planning Team

Beth Wagstaff, Capital Campaign Team; Taylor Drake, Board of Deacons (chairman)

Matt Sapp, Pastor

“Prepare ye the way . . .”

The first step toward construction was the razing of the old youth building, along with the house next to it. In this photo taken December 6 workers complete the demolition of the buildings, while a tree company removes trees. The next step is utility relocation.

What’s included in our campus expansion and renovation?

Central Baptist Church has a rich history that has grown and evolved for over 120 years. Now work is underway on a major expansion and renovation of our facilities. Included in a new building on the site of the old youth building and Brown Street are

  • a new fellowship hall
  • new youth space
  • a gathering space

The current fellowship hall will be converted into children’s space, making it possible for all children’s activities to be on the same floor of the building.

Floor plans

Level 1

Level 2