Design & Construction

Industrial Renewal: Church Facility Diamond in the Rough

A jewelry manufacturing plant is renovated in to a thriving church facility that supports its community in North Attleboro, Mass.

A self-proclaimed ‘church for those who don’t do church,’ secures an old industrial building and constructs a new facility from the inside out.

Alison Istnick  ·  December 29, 2017

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The location of Water Church’s new property was a key factor in deciding on its purchase, according to Tim Hatch, who serves as Lead Pastor for the growing congregation in North Attleboro, Mass.

“Our new facility is next door to the old property we leased, and it’s highly visible from the busy highway which travels between Boston and Providence—- I think of how many people drive by this property every day, the potential is amazing.” he shares.

This thriving non-denominational church has a long history of leasing space to house its growing congregation. That was until three years ago, when they purchased an old jewelry factory.

Partnering Up with Church Solution Providers

The church partnered with church building specialists, Churches by Daniels Construction (CBD), located in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, who they met through a church conference.  After some initial discussions, Rodney James, Vice President of Business and Design, met with Waters’ Church staff and toured the vacant jewelry factory. James inspected the2 and 3 story structure before reconvening with church leaders for lunch.  Pastor Hatch recalls, “I’ll never forget afterwards we went back to our old facility and the first thing James said was about the building was, ‘find somewhere else.’”

James recalls, “When we first walked through the building I had serious concerns about the cost of the project because there was a tremendous amount of work that had to be done to turn the factory into a church.”

“For decades, this building took precious raw materials and manufactured jewelry that has was distributed around the country and world. I like to think this building will now - serve the purpose of God - and take raw materials of people’s lives and transform them. Lead Pastor, Tim Hatch

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