KANSAS CITY, KS--(Marketwire - Feb 26, 2013) - ACH Foam Technologies, headquartered in Denver, provided R-Control® structural insulated panels (SIPs) for the Risen Savior Lutheran Church in Basehor, Kansas -- a modern construction with a very traditional feel. The SIPs were transported to the site from ACH Foam's plant in Kansas City.
Mark Curfman of Urban Architecture Studio and Jerry Frese of J.M. Frese Construction worked in concert to create a very traditional church within a tight budget. The church is a remarkably rich, traditional and old-looking brand-new building.
"We wanted to design and build a church that reflected both the traditions of the Lutheran Church of 500 years ago and the Risen Savior Lutheran Church congregation in rural Leavenworth, Kansas and do it with today's construction and materials," explained Curfman. "The rich materials and craftsmanship carry throughout the church -- not like many contemporary churches that are just acres of drywall. The congregation wanted a church that looked from day one like it had been there for 100 years."
According to Curfman, R-Control structural insulated panels (SIPs) were chosen for the roof because of the team's desire to maximize roof insulation R-value and speed up enclosure of the finished trusses. "A slow roof installation could be devastating to the project, with the outside elements putting the exposed trusses at risk.
"The trusses were to be stained and a finished element in the building. The last thing we needed was for weather to destroy the beautiful craftsmanship of the trusses," Curfman explained. "Once we had the trusses erected, the SIPs were laid in less than two weeks and the trusses were protected. The SIPs were perfect for this project."
After installation, the SIPs were faced on the interior with a rich wood paneling. "As designers, we wanted to use the best materials available and provide the detailing -- from the structural connections to the ornamental trim. You can feel this richness as soon as you enter the church," he adds. "The wood, the rich tones, the sacred design elements and the incredible workmanship make you feel like you've gone back in time. This is how they used to design and build sacred structures."