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CPM Construction chosen as general contractor for Lake Union project
This is a computer rendering of the way the new Lake Union Conference headquarters will look upon its completion, architect Stanley Bell stated. This is the side of the building that will face M-139.  
Ground has been broken for the new Lake Union Conference headquarters at the west corner of M-139 and Redbud Trail in Berrien Springs, Mich., and CPM Construction, Inc. has been chosen as the general contractor for the project, according to Gary Burns, director of communication for the SDA Church Lake Union headquarters. CPM has been given 300 days to complete the project, depending on the weather.

Stanley Bell of Berrien Springs is the architect for the project, and Floyd Brock, who is employed by Lake Union, is the project superintendent. The entire project will cost $3.179 million dollars.

The new two-story building will be all brick and stone and consists of 26,000 square feet with parking both in front and back of the facility. The building will include an elevator and an open staircase with a glass handrail that leads to the second floor.
  Construction has begun for the new Lake Union Conference headquarters. The basement walls, footings and elevator base have been poured.
A large cross will be featured at the entrance that faces the highway; it is this entranceway that will be used by visitors and guests. There will be 13,000 square feet per floor with a conference room on the second floor behind the painted aluminum cross. The cross will be outlined in soft LED lights, and stonework will wrap around it.

The back of the building will face the vineyard, and have a canopy where employees can enter the building. All of the offices and a small chapel will be on the second floor, Bell said, with several of the offices facing the vineyard.
From left: Floyd Brock, project superintendent, and Stanley Bell, architect, inspect the building site of the new Lake Union Conference headquarters in Berrien Springs, Mich.  
There will be a large meeting room on the main floor along with a kitchen and storage/vault area.

There also will be a fire safety sprinkler system throughout the entire building, Bell said.

Workers will be putting in a well for water and an onsite sanitary sewer system for the facility that has been approved by the Berrien County Health
Department. The new building sits on eight acres.

The need for the new building was precipitated by Andrews University’s exploration to lease part of the office complex and the subsequent agreement to
purchase the current Lake Union Conference headquarters, which includes several buildings on the corner of M-139 and College Avenue in Berrien Springs. The purchase of these buildings allows expansion of the University campus and provides a place to locate the newly-acquired Griggs University and International Academy, a distance learning and home school curriculum provider.

The Lake Union Conference headquarters is one of nine regional offices throughout North America for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Its administration and staff provide support and services for the SDA churches and schools in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.

More images of the new building will be added to the photo gallery at http://www.lakeunion.org/photo_albums/1119

Taken from The Lake Union Herald, January 2013 issue

Originally from:
Kathleen Pullano, editor, The Journal Era
This article was originally published in The Journal Era, Nov. 7, 2012.
Reprinted with permission
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