Posts Tagged ‘Salvation Army’

Mail Tribune: Salvation Army to dedicate renovated church building

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

March 23, 2012

The Salvation Army will dedicate its renovated church at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at 304 Beatty St., Medford.

The church was built in the 1920s for the Seventh-day Adventists and became the Salvation Army church later in the 20th century.

In 2007, a broken water pipe damaged the property so badly that church services could no longer be held in the building.

In September 2011, Batzer Construction began the renovation project…,

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

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

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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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Project Photos on Facebook

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

We’ve added several “projects in progress” photos to our albums on the Batzer Construction Facebook page.  Here’s some of the projects we’ve recently added to the albums, click the photos below to see more at each project.

Murphy Plywood- Warehouse Addition

Murphy Plywood in Rogue River Oregon- Warehouse Addition

Biomass plant renovations for Kiara Solar in Anderson, CA

Biomass plant renovations for Kiara Solar in Anderson, CA

Renovation at Salvation Army, Medford, OR

Renovation at Salvation Army, Medford, OR

Framing at Debbys Diner, Phoenix OR

Framing at Debby's Diner, Phoenix OR

Steel Erection at All RV Needs in Phoenix, OR

Steel Erection at All RV Needs in Phoenix, OR

Tenant Improvement for Yogurt Hut at Deardorf Corners Shopping Center in Grants Pass, OR

Yogurt Hut at Deardorf Corners Shopping Center in Grants Pass, OR

Award winning addition to AirGas in Grants Pass, OR

Award winning addition to AirGas in Grants Pass, OR

Footings, Forms, and rebar for the new gym at St. Marys school

Footings, forms, and rebar for the new gym at St. Mary's school

A renovation of this lease property gave Redwood Leavitt Insurance a great new office space in Grants Pass, OR

A renovation of this lease property gave Redwood Leavitt Insurance a great new office space in Grants Pass, OR

Project Update: Salvation Army

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

We’re well underway on renovating the Salvation Army Chapel on Beatty Street in Medford. It’s big renovation that will have a tremendously positive outcome for the community.  The Mail Tribune wrote a great article last summer that outlined the project goals.

….the church will double as a community center that assists in the neighborhood’s renewal.

“We want the church to become a resource for the community to use. This park is without any kind of community neighborhood center,” Agee said, “We’re really trying to build a community here … and we’re trying to do that with this barbecue.”

Much of the Salvation Army’s church on Beatty has begun to show its age. Agee said the roof needs replacing and the building needs to be retrofitted to withstand earthquakes and is in need of a wheelchair ramp.

….When it finishes renovations, the army would like to be able to provide free meals from that kitchen once or twice a week. And that’s just the inside — outside the vegetable garden and playground will also soon be works in progress.

…there are numerous repair projects evident (in the neighborhood) despite the poor economy and that the neighborhood is experiencing rehabilitation.

From “Salvation Army Looks to Reap Benefits of Liberty Park Site” by Mat Wolf July 23, 2011

The renovations were designed by Straus & Seibert Architects from Medford.  As of last week, the demolition is nearly complete, and we have started on rebuilding the roof and ceilings.  Below are some photos from mid September during the demolition.

While the renovations will update nearly every aspect of the building, the cross and well known brick backdrop will remain.

The project is expected to be complete in March of 2012.