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Salem Fields Community Church, Spotsylvania County, Va.

Completed in August 2007, this 37,445-square-foot (3,479-m2) addition is the third American Buildings Co. building constructed for this church. The original 19,000-square-foot (1,765-m2) building built in 1998 features a multifunctional worship center/gym/fellowship hall with offices, classrooms and a day care center. In 2003, a 4,600-square-foot (427-m2) youth wing was added. The new addition adds more office space, counseling/meeting rooms, a 225 child state-of-the-art day-care center, large narthex, bookstore and a café. The addition uses American Building's Rigid Frame with Architectural III wall panels and LocSeam 360 cool-scape Solar Reflective roof panels in Hemlock Green. The goal was to create a modern, inviting facility without the appearance of a more conventional building, so the architect designed a four-part building with interesting angles between the building parts, roof height changes, facades and large window features that is clad with brick, EIFS and Architectural III wall panels. The new addition ties into the existing smaller narthex and uses a roof overbuild retrofit system with valleys and different slopes to handle the water flow over the old roof. The interior of the building is completely finished with acoustic ceilings and drywall partitions, while the large narthex and café features several ceiling height changes along with suspended drywall bulkheads to break up the area and allow for HVAC and fire sprinkler concealment.


General contractor: G.L.M.G. Inc., Fredericksburg, Va.

Architect: The McKnight Group, Grove City, Ohio

Metal building, wall panels and roof: American Buildings Co., Eufaula, Ala.