Long Beach First Baptist Church

After Hurricane Katrina, Long Beach First Baptist Church needed to return to the community it has served for over 100 years following the total destruction of their campus. Engaging on a multiyear growth masterplan, Long Beach Baptist engaged Wyatt to act as the preselected General Contractor for the campus relocation project.

Challenges that arose during the beginning of the relocation process included the valuation of the church's loss of its existing campus. Using plans from the old property, surveys, narratives and photos of the old location, Wyatt was able to determine the value of loss using the quantity survey method. This quantity survey along with the value of 'code-related' upgrades necessary to meet the current International Building Code yielded the church a substantial increase in the insurance premium paid.

The new complex includes multi-functional spaces for worship, sports and recreation, a fellowship hall, a gathering/pre-function space with a cafe and a commercial kitchen. The members place strong emphasis on education, so the new, state-of-the-art daycare center, preschool and children’s education building includes classrooms, an indoor playroom that doubles as a children’s theater, and support and resource rooms. All the new buildings are tilt-up concrete wall and double as storm shelters for the entire community.

Owner: First Baptist Church of Long Beach Mississippi

Location: Long Beach, MS

Architect: CTSM Architects

Size: 59,374sf sq ft