We've built a lot of worship centers. Whether it's a simple multipurpose room remodel, a 20-acre worship retreat, or multiple renovations at Spokane's iconic St John's Cathedral, we love to help bring these spaces to life. We know how to help your advancement team understand what your budget buys and yet we're adept at "value engineering" — finding more cost effective ways to achieve your goals. We know that most people charged with building or remodeling a worship center don't have a lot of construction experience and we make it a point to educate you so you can make informed decisions.
We're in this with you. We mean that. We are people of faith ourselves. There is no higher privilege than to build you a space that inspires you and your congregation.
There will be meetings and capital campaigns and questions and probably some more questions. We're here. Ask us anything. We never feel it's an imposition to educate you about the construction process.
ST JOHN'S COLUMBARIUM DOORS — An Artist's Heart
This was a very special project not only for Walker Construction but for the congregation of St. John's Cathedral on Spokane's south hill. Internationally acclaimed artist Mark Gulsrud was commissioned to create stained glass art to serve as a visual and emotional transition between the interior welcome center to the outdoor Columbarium. Walker Construction's craftsman prepared the space and worked with Mark to achieve a perfect installation.The result is breathtaking.
A 12,000 SF retreat center was blasted into a granite outcropping using rough logs and glulam beams for this beautiful building. Guests enjoy pine finishes throughout the building while they enjoy fantastic views from every room. The building re-energized Camp Spalding, making it a highly sought after location for groups to get away. In 2002, Walker Construction renovated the main dining hall to match this building and increase the functionality of the entire camp.
Walker Construction built this beautiful 6,400 SF new church facility in 2001 and added an educational addition one year later. Work included site utilities, framing, siding, mechanical, electrical, and interior finishes. In addition, the Walker Construction superintendent worked closely with church volunteers who provided the painting, landscaping, low voltage wiring, and ornamental beams for the project.
The Jesuit House Addition involved the construction of a two-story addition to an existing building. The addition housed a new kitchen and dining room for the Jesuit community, as well as an exercise room, a TV room, a new conference room, and a large reading lounge
The University Chapel was constructed as part of a 1905 addition to the Administration Building at Gonzaga University (1898). Designed by two prominent Spokane architects, the third floor Chapel featured one of the largest “pressed-tin” ceilings in the city, gas / electric light fixtures, and carved altars, pews and railings. Over the decades, many original features were lost, replaced or compromised. In the 1960's the altars and railings were removed. Pews were replaced with platforms, chairs and benches. The original wall murals and motifs were painted over; the sanctuary walled-off for storage. Windows were covered with colored glass panels. Plastic cylinders and globe/fans replaced original light pendants. The original fir floor was carpeted; and, for a period, orange burlap hung over the pressed-tin ceiling. By the 1990's, the Chapel was uninviting, un-inspiring and under-used. The directive from the Vice-President for Mission was to the point: “Recapture its Soul”. Walker Construction was hired as the General Contractor and woodwork restorer, successfully restoring the chapel as the center of worship for the University Community.
This small but significant tenant improvement completed the last tenant space in the Kennedy Apartment complex. The centerpiece to the space is the restored stained glass window that was relocated from the Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Philadelphia. This window was one of 28 stained glass windows purchased by Gonzaga University; the other 27 windows were the catalyst to the upgrades to the University Chapel. Stone veneered walls and linear wood ceilings gives this space a very atractive and unique look.
Although the new Prince of Peace Lutheran Church was scheduled for completion in May of 2000, Walker Construction worked diligently and completed the project in early April, which allowed the church to celebrate Easter in their new home. The building houses the church offices, a kitchen, a multi-purpose room, temporary sanctuary, and classrooms. Not only was this beautiful building completed ahead of schedule but also came in about 15% under the guaranteed maximum price, with all savings given back to the church.
Over the years Walker Construction has had the privilege of taking on several renovation projects in this beautiful Spokane cathedral. Among them, a crypt remodel designed by NAC Architecture and most recently the columbarium doors, with architect Ben Nielsen. Glass art by Northwest artist Mark Gulsrud.
This old church is a combination of two churches built in the 1800's and located at other locations. In 1921 the two churches were literally drawn by horses to the current location and united to become the Community Presbyterian Church. After the church was abandoned and sat empty for several years, the Community Building Partners purchased the building and renamed the structure "The Old Church". Walker Construction was hired to renovate this historical landmark in two separate phases. Later renamed the Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center, the facility is a venue for artistic and cultural events, musical performances, weddings, and receptions. The "Old Church" was listed on the National Register in 1984.
This 21,000 SF fitness and event center was built adjacent to the existing Bethel Church. The building includes a gymnasium with wood athletic flooring, telescopic seating, permanently installed gymnasium equipment, elaborate acoustical wall panels, sound system, projection screens, and an elevated fitness studio. The storefront lobby area and office space is surrounded by intricately designed concrete stained floors.