Andrew Wommack Ministries, Inc. started construction of the Woodland Park Charis Bible College last September.
Since then grading has been completed for both phases of the project, the 90,000-square-foot building Andrew Wommack calls “The Barn” and the 130,000-square-foot building to follow. Crews have also brought in water and electrical utilities for both phases and have finished most of the roads.
The Barn's foundations have been laid, some of its walls and the chimney are up, main floor steel is in and steel for the second level is going vertical. Wommack himself has been following the project with a series of construction-site videos available at www.awmi.net.
When phase one is complete, it will have used 300 yards of concrete and both phases will use a total of 300 tons or 2.5 miles of steel. Exterior walls are precast off site and brought in for assembly.
The Barn will have 23 classrooms and a 900-seat auditorium on its lower level and a 1,500-seat auditorium on its second level. It is on schedule for completion in late November, Wommack said.
Phase two will have administrative offices, a call center and a 2,500-seat auditorium. The project had a projected cost of $47 million but that estimate has been upped to $53 million.
“We're planning the project to be debt-free,” Wommack said. “We'll need $32.3 million to complete The Barn and we're only $7.1 million away. … That sounds costly but these buildings are not extravagant. They're tools for a ministry that will literally impact the world.”
Woodland Park Church of the Nazarene
On a far smaller scale, the Woodland Park Church of the Nazarene is also going vertical with steel on its construction project.
“We're outgrowing our church,” said Pastor Brian Troxell. “The new building will be tied into the old and will add 11,000 square feet of space.”
The congregation of about 160 members has raised about $400,000 over the past three years and construction is completed as funding is available.
“The money is coming 100 percent from our congregation of about 160 members,” Troxell said. “The new building is valued at about $1.1 million but because of volunteers and in-kind donations of equipment, time and supplies we'll be able to build it for about $700,000.”
The existing building has a 2,000-square-foot basement and a 2,000-square-foot main floor. Besides nearly tripling the square footage, the new building will add a 500 seat auditorium, three offices and a coffee bar/café. When construction is completed, the church will also have a new driveway.
“We've been planning this for four years and our people are giving above and beyond their normal offerings,” Troxell said. “God is helping us do this.”