West Highland church remake taking shape

News Mar 16, 2016 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

The $7.3 million, 34,000 square-foot expansion of West Highland Baptist Church on Garth Street is more than 60 percent complete.

“We’re on schedule and on or below budget,” said parishioner and project manager Steven Oswald, who noted crews lost only one-and- -a-half days due to bad weather since the project began last March.

West Highland is doubling its size in order to meet the needs of a growing congregation from across the Greater Hamilton Area.

The church, which sees about 800 people attend one of their two Sunday services each week, has been expanded on all four sides.

That includes a new front lobby that will include a library and coffee shop, new first floor office space, new second floor teaching rooms, a commercial kitchen, full service elevator and a new fellowship hall that can seat 334 people.

The main sanctuary, which holds about 800 people on the ground floor and balcony, is also slated for renovation and new meeting rooms, new washrooms and a new nursing area will be added to the old church building.

Oswald said most of the outdoor work wrapped up at the end of December.

Church office staff who has been working out of nearby St. Elizabeth Village was slated to move back to the Garth Street site late last month.

The expansion-renovation project is expected to be finished by the end of October.

Church pastor John Mahaffey said the project has created a buzz among the congregation.

“It’s exciting on Sunday mornings because you see people wondering through the new foyer, through the new areas that have been built,” he said. “People are excited about it …we’re seeing changes every week.”

West Highland church remake taking shape

Multi-million dollar project more than half done

News Mar 16, 2016 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

The $7.3 million, 34,000 square-foot expansion of West Highland Baptist Church on Garth Street is more than 60 percent complete.

“We’re on schedule and on or below budget,” said parishioner and project manager Steven Oswald, who noted crews lost only one-and- -a-half days due to bad weather since the project began last March.

West Highland is doubling its size in order to meet the needs of a growing congregation from across the Greater Hamilton Area.

The church, which sees about 800 people attend one of their two Sunday services each week, has been expanded on all four sides.

That includes a new front lobby that will include a library and coffee shop, new first floor office space, new second floor teaching rooms, a commercial kitchen, full service elevator and a new fellowship hall that can seat 334 people.

The main sanctuary, which holds about 800 people on the ground floor and balcony, is also slated for renovation and new meeting rooms, new washrooms and a new nursing area will be added to the old church building.

Oswald said most of the outdoor work wrapped up at the end of December.

Church office staff who has been working out of nearby St. Elizabeth Village was slated to move back to the Garth Street site late last month.

The expansion-renovation project is expected to be finished by the end of October.

Church pastor John Mahaffey said the project has created a buzz among the congregation.

“It’s exciting on Sunday mornings because you see people wondering through the new foyer, through the new areas that have been built,” he said. “People are excited about it …we’re seeing changes every week.”

West Highland church remake taking shape

Multi-million dollar project more than half done

News Mar 16, 2016 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

The $7.3 million, 34,000 square-foot expansion of West Highland Baptist Church on Garth Street is more than 60 percent complete.

“We’re on schedule and on or below budget,” said parishioner and project manager Steven Oswald, who noted crews lost only one-and- -a-half days due to bad weather since the project began last March.

West Highland is doubling its size in order to meet the needs of a growing congregation from across the Greater Hamilton Area.

The church, which sees about 800 people attend one of their two Sunday services each week, has been expanded on all four sides.

That includes a new front lobby that will include a library and coffee shop, new first floor office space, new second floor teaching rooms, a commercial kitchen, full service elevator and a new fellowship hall that can seat 334 people.

The main sanctuary, which holds about 800 people on the ground floor and balcony, is also slated for renovation and new meeting rooms, new washrooms and a new nursing area will be added to the old church building.

Oswald said most of the outdoor work wrapped up at the end of December.

Church office staff who has been working out of nearby St. Elizabeth Village was slated to move back to the Garth Street site late last month.

The expansion-renovation project is expected to be finished by the end of October.

Church pastor John Mahaffey said the project has created a buzz among the congregation.

“It’s exciting on Sunday mornings because you see people wondering through the new foyer, through the new areas that have been built,” he said. “People are excited about it …we’re seeing changes every week.”