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First United Methodist Church

First United Methodist Church selected Horst Construction to build a 3-story Celebration Center. The addition was comprised of a multi-purpose room to accommodate a family life center, gymnasium, and worship space, as well as classrooms, a commercial kitchen, offices, and library. The project also included extensive renovation of the existing facility, which had experienced multiple additions since the church’s original constructed in 1893!


  • Multi-purpose room - family life center, gymnasium, and worship space
  • Classrooms
  • Commercial Kitchen
  • Offices
  • Library


  • The project was challenging due to a very tight urban site and the need to keep the building and parking operational throughout construction.
  • The church continued operations of the preschool program and the church's full activity schedule throughout the 16-month project.
  • Horst reconstructed the underground primary power supply while keeping the church operational.
Project Details

Owner: First United Methodist Church
Location: Lancaster, PA
Architect: Cornerstone Design Architects
Engineer: Providence Engineering Corporation

Project Type: Addition/Renovation
Project Size: 64,000 square feet
Project Delivery Method: Design-Build


  • Preconstruction
  • Value Engineering
  • Cost Management
  • Project Management


  • ABC Keystone Excellence in Construction - Award of Merit