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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 
Southern Hills Baptist Church Chapel Renovation 

Scope of Work:


SGS served as the Prime Contractor / Design-Builder on this renovation and addition for the Southern Hills Baptist Church. SGS’s scope of work included the design and renovation of approximately 17,000 SF, which previously housed an outdated 1,200 seat sanctuary, lobbies, and the Church’s staff offices. The “Church Office” spaces were transformed into a new 400-seat reception hall with operable partition, new lobby/sitting area, and electrical room which houses the incoming electrical service panels for the entire church campus. The existing sanctuary was downsized to a 500-seat Chapel to be used for weddings, funerals, and smaller speaking engagements. By reducing the sanctuary to a smaller Chapel, space was created for a new full-service kitchen adjacent to the Reception Hall, new men’s and women’s restrooms, family restrooms, bride’s and groom’s rooms with private toilets, table/chair storage room, and electrical and audio/video equipment closets.  

The existing South entrance, lobby, canopy, and drive were demolished and completely replaced. The new construction consisted of a pre-engineered building structure, masonry (tie in and columns), shingled roofing, windows and storefront glazing, as well as finishes inside that tie the entire renovation and new construction together.  The new South lobby addition provides a much larger 1,023 SF lobby and vestibule as well as a 1,440 SF new drive and a canopy.  

The scope of work for the renovation and new construction specifically included the complete interior demolition of the interior walls, chapel ceiling, various doors and frames.  As well as the removal of existing pews, stained glass, and the existing exterior column enclosures located at the main entrance of the facility. 

The HVAC systems included new ductwork throughout, equipment, roof-top units, exhaust fans, and controls. Spray foam insulation was used to insulate various areas to make the space more economical to heat and cool. Plumbing work included all new waste, supply, and vent piping, fixtures, and gas lines. Electrical work included the relocation of existing overhead service to new underground service and pad-mount transformer. Electrical work also included new panels for general power, technical panels for all audio/video systems, dimmable lighting systems, and battery inverter system for emergency egress lighting requirements. The existing facility was approximately 40 years old, which required significant work on peripheral items to ensure the facility met updated code requirements.  

The newly renovated space includes beautiful, clean, and neutral finishes that will coordinate with any event, wedding party, or funeral. The new audio/video system was installed throughout the entire renovated space, including multiple 60” flat-screen monitors and speakers in the Reception Hall, all Lobby locations, Chapel, Kitchen, Bride and Groom’s rooms, and in both corridors. The new Reception Hall is complete with an A/V system, an operable partition, porcelain “wood plank” floors with a custom design, and decorative lighting fixtures. The Reception Hall also has access to the commercial kitchen. The kitchen has all stainless equipment, a serving area with a rolling overhead counter door, and plenty of counter space for preparing and serving meals. 

The Chapel consists of a new stage with rustic wood flooring, wheelchair lift, projection screens and a custom stained glass center piece with backlighting.  The Chapel also has new pews, custom designed and hand crafted stained glass windows, new controllable and customizable LED lighting features, new A/V sound booth where all of the video, sound and lighting is controlled. 

The new Bride’s and Groom’s rooms are complete with their own private restrooms, LED lighting features, cabinets, shelving, clothing rack, full length mirrors, refrigerators, flat screen televisions, and secure storage for valuables.  The Bride’s room has a vanity for the Bride and one for all of the Bridesmaids. 

The exterior of the main entrance of the Church was also renovated including the installation of new pre-cast column enclosures on the existing columns, new lighting, and re-finishing the existing entrance doors.

Southern Hills Baptist Church
Renovation / Addition 
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