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Renovating God’s house

image Calvary Chapter Southeast Houston

HOUSTON -Established on the basis of operating and building “In His Name,” founder Chad Clark and equity partner Steve Pless of Axis Builders LLC believes their continued growth and many blessings such as their amazing personnel, subcontractors and industry relationships are a direct correlation from their humble beginnings.




    Fifty-five percent of the firm’s revenue is associated with liturgical work so it’s no wonder Axis Builders was selected to renovate the Calvary Chapel Southeast Houston Administration & Children’s Building. The two-phase project cost  $4 million with work beginning in April 2017 and completed in March 2018.
    The project included phased renovation of the existing Youth Ministry and the administration offices building. A new floor plan for the entire space was created that better suited the church’s existing and future needs. This was accomplished by adding approximately 2,500sf of structural steel onto the existing 44,000sf tilt wall structure. The existing exterior walls were relocated out approximately 10 ft. to allow for more usable square footage for classrooms and offices while enclosing the existing covered walk area to create an uninterrupted corridor across the front and west side of the building. 
    Each phase included selective exterior demolition to accommodate the new floor plan as well as a complete gut and build back of the interior. Additional items included a new roof, a new mechanical system with controls, electrical service and upgrades to the exterior façade.   
    Although this project was being watched from above, it still had its challenges. The building had two primary electrical services, both of which were located in the new Children’s Worship addition. In order to overcome this challenge, the slab was poured around these services with the removal of one portion of the service as the new service was built, allowing the administration offices in Phase 2 to remain live and provide temporary power for Phase 1 construction.
    Additionally, Calvary was an occupied campus with a very active facility.  Budget constraints and parking were a premium, and the use of temporary buildings for weekly services and to house the administrative staff was not an option.  Service throughout the week, Vacation Bible School as well as other major events had to take place.  Proactive planning and constant communication with the church overcame both of these challenges. One of the Pastors said, “This went a lot smoother than I thought it was going to be.”
    The overall project went very smoothly for the Axis project team made up of Steve Pless, Miguel Andaya, Jacob Salinas, Elizabeth Robles and Larry Murphy who worked hand-in-hand with Ron Murray, the Facilities Director and representative for
the church and Emily Ledbetter with Masa Studio Architects.  “The owner’s representative has a strong commercial construction background and understood the importance of expediting decisions.  During the design and construction process, Masa Studio Architects worked to provide design options that complemented the owner’s budget as well as provide timely responses on matters affecting critical path activities. We feel the team worked in a collaborative way that demonstrated the negotiated process providing a successful method of delivery,” says Chad Clark who acted as the project executive on the project.
    Axis Builders LLC is a general contracting firm in Northwest Houston. -cmw

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