Church building new youth center
McGregor Baptist constructing 'Studio G'
Southwest Florida's largest church is reaching out to a younger generation in the form of a new home.
Construction is set to begin in December on the 57,600-square-foot Youth Ministries building on the McGregor Baptist Church campus.
It will be called the Grace Building or "Studio G" to the younger people.
"Primarily because it's youth driven we are calling the building Studio G," senior pastor Richard Powell said.
Studio G will be built on land behind the church's Joy Building at 3750 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers.
The building is designed to reach out to a new generation of younger people.
"It's a funky design that I think the kids are going to love," said Robert High, the project manager of builder H.J. High Construction.
"It's going to be a great building. Very functional and multi-purpose," Powell said.
Powell says this is a joint project between the church's youth ministry and the Southwest Florida Christian Academy.
The Grace Building will house a worship space that seats about 500 students.
"The fellowship hall, if you decked it out in a worship service style, would be the third-largest worship arena in Lee County," Powell said.
A new gym will serve as the new home for academy athletics.
The gym will seat more than 850 people.
The church's youth offices and weight room will relocate to the new building.
Eight classrooms will provide more space for middle and high school students.
Each classroom will seat anywhere between 60 and 75 students.
After class, students will have a commissary that is a combination Internet cafe and concession stand.
Video game lovers will even have their own area with about 10 video game systems such as Playstation 2 or XBox.
The $8 million building is set to be completed in the fall or winter of 2006.