CMH was the architect for a historical restoration/renovation of the First United Methodist Church in downtown Cullman, Alabama. The original sanctuary building, as well as the adjacent later phases of construction, were severely damaged by a tornado in April 2011. CMH was tasked with updating the sanctuary interior, while still preserving the historical integrity of the building. Included in the renovation were new stained glass windows throughout, new roofing for the entire campus, new classroom layouts, new sheet rock for the entire three-story sanctuary building, new electrical, new lighting, new HVAC, code upgrades, and an extensive amount of refinished wood.
The sanctuary was re-opened for Sunday services in March 2012.
Hendersonville, NC (June 28, 2016) – After completing a project on the Biltmore Baptist Church’s main campus in Asheville, NC a few years ago, CMH was asked to design its fourth satellite campus. The project included 29,500 square feet of renovated space that was a retrofit of an original warehouse building formerly occupied by a NASCAR race team. Thus, CMH had to take a creative approach to adapt and reuse the former building while working within a tight budget and a very tight construction timeline. The new renovated space houses +/- 750 worship seats along with preschool, multi-use worship and children’s classroom spaces.
Birmingham, Ala. (May 9, 2016) – CMH has designed a 57,300 square foot new church facility that will include 900 seats in the sanctuary for Cross Church. It will also contain 10 preschool rooms, children’s worship rooms, a student worship room, administration space, and a large lobby that will also serve as overflow seating when needed.
Construction is set to begin this summer with Milestone Construction Company out of Springdale, Arkansas serving as the contractor. Located in beautiful Fayetteville, Arkansas, the project is less than 3 miles from the University of Arkansas campus.
Birmingham, Ala. (February 25, 2016) – Here at CMH, we have an office brimful of creativity. The architects are constantly scheming, calculating, and envisioning new spaces. With the constant flow of imagination and inspiration within our company, we thought it due time for a new tradition: The Sketch of the Week!
For the first installment, we feature a sketch from Michael O’Kelley. It depicts a new chapel in Tallapoosa County for a client near Lake Martin.
Birmingham, Ala. (August 19, 2014) – The first phase of drawings were recently completed for Denver Baptist Church, located in the Charlotte suburb of Denver, North Carolina. For this multi-purpose, 13,000 square foot project, CMH has partnered with Myrick Gurosky & Associates, a general contractor and church development firm based in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.
“CMH and MGA have worked together with Denver Baptist Church for several years now to develop their vision for how to proceed with the first phase of their new campus. We are excited that they have taken this important step towards their goal of starting construction,” says CMH Senior Vice President Michael O’Kelley.
Birmingham, Ala. (Oct. 25, 2012) — Two CMH projects recently received awards from the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) Excellence in Construction Awards. ABC is a national association which represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry. ABC’s philosophy encourages open competition and a free-enterprise approach to construction based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation.
The Cullman First United Methodist Church was recognized with an Excellence Award, the highest honor, in the “Historical Restoration/Renovation Under $25 Million” category. Rogers & Willard, a Mobile-based general contractor, received the award for this design-build project. The 80-year-old church was severely damaged by the 2011 April tornadoes which devastated Cullman, Alabama, thus requiring the complete renovation and restoration of the three-story sanctuary building.
The organic grocery store Earth Fare, in Hoover, Alabama, was honored with a Merit Award in the “Renovation Under $4 Million” category. The Birmingham-based general contractor, Stewart Perry, received the award. Earth fare now occupies the former 27,000-square-foot CompUSA building, adjacent to Riverchase Galleria, and involved the demolition and renovation of the interior, as well as a new front entrance and new exterior finishes.
“We are honored that our projects have received these awards which highlight our skill and efficiency in the construction phase of our projects,” said Firm Senior Vice President Michael O’Kelley. “This is also well-deserved recognition for two excellent contractors—Stewart Perry and Rogers & Willard—with whom we are proud to partner.”