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Location: Madisonville, Tenn.
Size: 14,750 sq. ft.
Complete: April 2011
Owner: Madisonville First United Methodist Church

Madisonville First United Methodist Church

In spring 2011, J&S Construction completed construction of a 14,750 square-foot addition for the Madisonville First United Methodist Church (FUMC), located in Madisonville, Tenn. In December 2007, a fire completely destroyed the FUMC’s sanctuary. Working alongside the architect and the FUMC Building Committee, J&S used the design-build approach for the construction of a new 8,377 square-foot sanctuary as well as an education wing, both connected to the existing building.

The church’s original budget for this project was $2.5 million, but after the capital campaign collected a lower amount than expected, the church felt $2 million would be a more realistic budget. J&S Construction was able to value engineer the project to meet all of the church’s functional requirements as well as meeting its budgetary goals.

One area of concern that was identified early in the project was that the new sanctuary would be located on a small grave site that had been around since the Civil War. The Church wanted to make sure the remains were handled with dignity. The five graves were relocated to a different spot on the site and headstones were built into a newly constructed columbarium. The columbarium was built as part of this project and serves as a peaceful place for church members to gather and remember friends and family members who have passed away.   

The sanctuary can accommodate more than 250 people. There is also a large gathering area where fellowship can be held both before and after service. The administrative and classroom wing includes offices, classrooms, nurseries, as well as a space for large youth gatherings. One of the striking features of the Church is the 25’x20’ window with a gothic arch located at the entrance to the sanctuary. It serves as a landmark for the town and allows ample light into the sanctuary.

The Church held a groundbreaking ceremony to pray over the site on August 29, and construction began in mid September. The Church wanted to hold their Easter service in the new sanctuary and J&S Construction was able to complete construction before this date and make their desire a reality.