Solomon Awards 2017 - Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd [White Construction Company]

The sanctuary, at the heart of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd’s campus, received a much needed restoration and expansion as the congregation continues to build their beloved community.

Solomon Awards 2017 - Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd [White Construction Company]
The interior of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, located in Austin, Texas.
Solomon Awards 2017 - Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd [White Construction Company]
The interior of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, located in Austin, Texas.

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The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd project is a transformational change to the life of a congregation. The project consisted of a complete addition and upgrade of an existing church building that had outlived its useful life and exhibited challenges in indoor air quality, safety and ongoing maintenance to the church and congregation. It is an inspiring story of growth and attainment.

This landmark Austin, Texas, church has expanded from its original 59 members to be one of the 20 largest Episcopal churches in the nation. Built in 1950 with old building codes and design concepts, Good Shepherd has amplified its mission and facilities bit-by-bit, parcel-by-parcel and with tithes and offerings collected from dedicated believers over the decades. 

The renewal and expansion of the heart of the Good Shepherd Worship Building provides an entirely new HVAC system; new metal shingle roof system with insulated decking; new gutter system; restored, improved, and expanded electrical, lighting, and audio-visual systems; restored pews; restored and enhanced stained-glass windows; a new slate floor; an expanded “narthex” (foyer) including bathrooms and festival seating; increased seating and accessibility for the mobility-impaired; a 25-bell carillon; and a custom built pipe organ from Canada.  This final phase of the project was integrated into a 12-year master plan.

The entire team successfully fit the work into the campus, while the recently completed Parish Life Center served the need of the parishioners with church services, weddings, funerals, and all the other administrative work. The project successfully worked around, and adjacent to, “Heritage Trees” with a robust and careful implementation of tree protection.  The work was further complicated by the fact that the existing church had grown slowly through the decades by acquisition of neighboring properties. This resulted in an amalgamation of infrastructure of old water mains, gas lines, and sewer lines which were in disrepair and mandated upgrades by local municipalities.

The challenge of distinguishing live service from abandoned lines was approached with painstaking location techniques such as video inspections, but often involving two men with a garden hose feeding water into a line and watching where it surfaced.  Sanctuary expansion required removal of the entire front exterior wall and demolition of the HVAC/Electrical systems. The potential exposure to outside humidity caused great concern for the integrity of ornate wood ceilings throughout the existing space.


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Worship Facilities Magazine, March-April 2018
The March-April 2018 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers articles about how to prepare, prevent and respond to church violence, a look into what church management software can do for your church community, and a piece on how a once popular nightclub venue was transitioned to become Shoreline Church's new home.


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