Thank you for your recent inquiry concerning our Maranatha Custom Churches. Let me briefly explain some of the outstanding features of our building.
CONSTRUCTION COST SAVINGS:
The heart of our system is a heavy steel super structure. It enables us to span large distances without any interior posts. With volunteer workers we have been able to help churches save as much as 20 to 40% compared to typical construction. In one case a church on Long Island, N. Y., (one of the most expensive areas of the country) was able to build, in 1987, a 17,000 sq. ft. building for $700,000 or about $40 per sq. ft. The building was appraised at $1.6 million or $94 per sq. ft. around 1997.
Our special all steel framework and construction methods qualify Maranatha Custom Churches the lowest rates possible. Our One Hour Rated noncombustible design far exceeds that of conventional construction allowing us to build larger facilities without expensive fire sprinkler systems and high insurance bills. One of Maranatha's Churches added a $400,000 addition and the insurance bill only increased by $85 per year. Of course we can't guarantee similar results because local codes and rates vary widely, but we work hard to save you money.
Maranatha's construction and super insulation design helps you save up to 60% on energy costs, regardless of your heat source. It boasts an R-value of 40 in the walls and 60 ceiling, which is two to three times more insulation than most buildings have. We believe this is important because energy savings can mean more money for ministries.
CHRISTIAN ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES: Our professional staff is sensitive to a church's special needs. Since our beginning in 1980, we have specialized in designing and building only church buildings. We are registered in many states and have extensive experience in practically every area of the country. Whether you are on the permafrost of Alaska, the San Andrea Fault of California, the Rocky Mountains or the hurricane belt of the Southeast, our design professionals work hard to make your vision a practical and attainable reality. Our Architectural rates are commonly half of conventional fees which means your out of pocket expenses are kept to a minimum.
Church growth experts say that once a church reaches 75% of their building capacity growth becomes stifled. That is why we believe that easy, inexpensive expansion is a critical need in today's growing churches. Through the years Maranatha has developed the most creative and exciting expansion plans available. Our unique system with specially designed steel structure and no load bearing walls allows you to double, triple or even quadruple your seating capacity by simply and inexpensively removing the interior walls. We believe it is much cheaper to expand your sanctuary by removing some classrooms and build an educational wing than it is to keep building larger sanctuaries. The Maranatha building does not become obsolete.
Maranatha's fan shaped seating arrangements provide an intimate worship environment. We are able to seat 250 within 7 rows, 450 within 9 rows and 1,000 within a 60' radius; helping churches keep that close family atmosphere.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
It is, of course, wise counsel on any project to consider the costs. Today, a comparable building is priced substantially higher per sq. ft. You can imagine what a surprise it is to most pastors to find that the Maranatha Octagon with all the features normally will run more cost efficient rate per sq. ft. There are some churches which can match the price, but fall short on the insurance and energy saving features.
We appreciate your interest in Maranatha and look forward to assisting you as the Lord leads. We stand ready to serve you in any way we can, so please call if you have any questions.
Changing The Way Churches Build.
MARANATHA CUSTOM CHURCHES, INC
Bernie Satrom President, MCCI
Price varies with location, site conditions, finishes, as well as amount of volunteer assistance.