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NorthPark Church, Meridian, Miss.

northpark_churchJ&J Contractors in Collinsville, Miss., constructed the original NorthPark Church facility in Meridian, Miss. Founded in 1956, the nondenominational Christian evangelical church has more than 400 members. When asked to develop a long-range growth plan for the church, Kenneth Joyner, CEO of J&J Contractors looked to metal because, "metal was the most economical choice for this type structure."

Ceco Building Systems, Columbus, Miss., provided its architectural standing seam roof system that became the 19,000-square-foot addition which completed the 15-year growth plan. The plan began in 1999 with the relocation of the church to the northeast part of the city. The addition also consists of 164 tons of steel and features a main sanctuary with smaller satellite buildings.

The new facility consists of a sanctuary, eight classrooms, two nurseries, cry room, four restrooms, storage area, chapel, choir practice room and music room. These new buildings were connected to the existing 22,000 square feet of buildings. During construction, the congregation held services in the multipurpose building. J&J Contractors designed and installed the facility.

"The work of J&J and Ceco has made our church a spiritual center for our community," comments Earl Wheatley Jr., senior pastor at North- Park Church. "The physical statement of our new structure reaches out to people all hours of the day and night."

Ceco Building Systems, www.cecobuildings.com