After a tornado demolished the Valley Missionary Baptist Church in Fort Worth, the congregation learned that insurance money would not replace the structure, or provide additional space for the church’s growing numbers.

Valley Missionary Baptist Church, Fort Worth
Photo: The Beck Group

The GC/CM, The Beck Group, provided design and construction services at no cost and, aided by community and industry members, delivered a new place of worship big enough to accommodate the entire congregation at the historical location it had called home for the past 100 years.

The new structure has 3,500 sq ft of space, more than double the old building, and a 150-seat sanctuary, choir loft, offices, and places for fellowship and classes.

Beck’s architecture group met with the congregation, city officials and stakeholders to devise a plan for replacing what was lost. Collaboration was mandatory from early on and involved many partners. Donations of materials, services and advice proved invaluable.

The design team created a computer model of the proposed building, allowing the congregation to “walk through” the virtual church and experience the interior space from different view angles.

Congregation members were able to participate in the design process and, in turn, became a great asset in helping the project team understand the expected uses for the building.

Key Players

Submitted by: The Beck Group
Owner/developer: Valley Missionary Baptist Church, Fort Worth
General contractor/construction manager/architect: The Beck Group, Fort Worth
Civil engineer: Kimley-Horn & Associates Inc., Dallas
Structural engineer: Armstrong-Douglass Partners LLC, Dallas
MEP engineer: Dyna Ten Corp., Fort Worth