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Historic Restoration

Chris Woods Construction was selected as the Construction Manager to complete the reconstruction of the sanctuary for First United Methodist Church that was destroyed by fire in 2006.  Starting with a steel structure that was erected as part of the first reconstruction effort in 2008,  CWC and the architect, were charged with finding the most suitable and cost effective approach to completing and enclosing the 16,000 square foot structure.  CWC searched for alternatives to a slate roof, finding a metal shingle system, closely resembling slate, which had not yet been introduced to the Memphis area.  Massive hand cut limestone wainscot blocks and entrance surrounds salvaged from the original structure were incorporated that required special structural support. The multi-phased project was completed in 13 months with a total cost of $3.2 million.

Thank you and your entire team for the excellent job in building our new sanctuary. The finished sanctuary is beautiful and will be a perfect place of worship for several generations to come. You have clearly been able to develop a world-class construction team over the years by bringing on board great people who share your desire to satisfy your customer's needs and provide the highest quality product possible. Thank you for helping us get to this place in our history.

Andy Rambo, Pastor