Catalyst Construction was selected as the Construction Manager for Immanuel-Trinity Lutheran’s new 15,000sf Worship and Classroom expansion in March of 2012.

The conceptual design for the project included an overly large building with more scope than the owner’s budget would allow. Catalyst worked closely with Excel Engineering to develop cost models based on historical data that provided Immanuel-Trinity with the program space they required while staying within the overall project budget of $2.5M.

Utilizing volunteer labor within the church ministry and the surrounding community as part of Catalyst’s Time & Talent program, the site was managed safely and efficiently to ensure that worship services were not interrupted by construction. Church members installed insulation, put up drywall, and did the vast majority of the painting work that was needed, all of which was coordinated by Catalyst’s superintendent and which saved approximately $45,000 of the original budget estimate. Catalyst also engaged the youth in an “activity day” at the construction site – arranged by Immanuel-Trinity around their summer Bible school curriculum – wherein children were safely led through the building and not only given insight into the various aspects of construction but also given the opportunity to actively engage with laborers in that day’s work.

Project Highlights
  • Catalyst worked with the project architect to adjust the oversized planned space to better accommodate the church’s needs and stay within their allotted initial budget.
  • The project utilized Catalyst’s Time & Talent program to engage church members in various aspects of construction and save the ministry approximately $45,000.
  • Church youth were engaged with the project in a learning capacity as part of Immanuel Lutheran’s summer Bible curriculum.

Project Details

Immanuel-Trinity Lutheran Church

Fond du Lac, WI


Excel Engineering

September 2013


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