Press Release: Batzer Construction Completes Work at the The Salvation Army Church

100dpi-5March 8, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“Batzer Construction Completes Work at the Salvation Army Church”

Medford, OR, (March 8, 2012) – Renovation of The Salvation Army Church on Beatty Street will be completed this week.  Originally built in the 1920’s for the Seventh Day Adventists, in 2007 water from a broken pipe damaged the property so badly that church services could no longer be held in the building. As a result, it became more of a storage unit than the active church and social hall The Salvation Army is known for having.  The neighborhood had lost a valuable resource so The Salvation Army began to make plans to bring back the church.

A grant from the Medford Urban Renewal Agency brought in the final funding piece for the project and in September of 2011, Batzer Construction began demolition of the old church.  They also removed an aging building from the property as part of The Salvation Army’s overall plan to create a community garden.  The entire building was reframed from the ground up in December, and since then work has continued on the inside.

Construction has progressed on schedule and the finishing touches including new front doors are being installed the first week in March.  The new building has a very similar plan to the old one with commercial kitchen and dining hall on the lower level and sanctuary, rest-rooms, nursery, and storage space on the upper level.  The new building is 6,194 square feet, about 140 square feet bigger than the old building.  According to Russ Batzer, president of Batzer Construction, “The building has energy efficient windows and lighting, excellent insulation, and durable finishes to help it last for a century of service.”

While the church was under construction, Captain Martin Cooper of The Salvation Army held church services at the organization’s Thrift Store. In spite of the finishing touches that still need to be made on the church, worship services were held Sunday in the new sanctuary. A dedication celebration is set for 1 p.m., Saturday, March 24 with Salvation Army regional officers and a Salvation Army band scheduled to be in town for the event.

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