KMA Awarded Contract to Transform Ocean Beach Newbreak Church
Editor: The following is from a press release:
KMA Architecture & Engineering (KMA) announced that renovation designs are underway of the Newbreak Church in Ocean Beach. KMA was retained by the church to design the project, with construction expected to begin in July and slated for completion in December of 2011.
Located at 2069 Ebers Street, the 6,000 square-foot one and two-story church is being renovated to give the facility a more modern feel. The existing wood and brick exterior cladding of the facility will be removed to create a sleek, contemporary look, and the entrance will be relocated to provide church-goers with a spacious gathering area shaded by a welcoming trellis. To optimize church sanctuary acoustics, the facility will be modified to include multimedia innovations, as well as the latest in sound system designing and technological equipment.
“The KMA team is committed to producing results that are closely aligned with the church’s vision for space and modern design,” said Don Blair, president of KMA Architecture & Engineering. “We’ve kept in mind the more laid-back, casual style of Newbreak Church and have implemented contemporary design elements to the architecture plan to create a more welcoming atmosphere for the church.”
The Ocean Beach facility is one of six campuses Newbreak operates throughout San Diego.
The KMA team consists of Don Blair, Rich Guerena, Jay Janda and Alison Warren. Other services are provided by Burkett & Wong, Civil and Structural Engineer.
Headquartered in San Diego, KMA has provided integrated architectural, engineering and planning services throughout Southern California and the Western United States since 1973. The company’s services include site selection assistance, land planning, programming, scheduling, project design, field supervision and construction administration. KMA also offers Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED®) Accredited Professionals with expertise in the development of sustainable, high-performance buildings.
Editor: This is the same church that when the old one closed, it laid off five of its teachers – on Christmas Eve 20-09. We ran the following article back in early January 2010.
The new church that has taken over the former ELIM Church and the Oasis Early Learning Center, a Christian school attached to it, closed the school doors and laid off five teachers, effective Christmas Eve day. Merry Christmas, ol’ my flock.
Oasis, located next to the church at the corner of Ebers Cape May, ran a before and after school care and a pre-school.
Twenty-seven families – involving 30 kids – were affected. Some of the parents are steamed. They were notified back around Thanksgiving that the school was going to close, but they still feel there wasn’t much consideration given them or their children.
As far as the teachers – some of them had been there 15, even 17 years. Much of the equipment used by the school for the students was brought in by the teachers themselves. The teachers were given a 30 day notice, but there were no severance pay or pensions, and no promises of future work.
Oasis closed because the facilities and buildings were taken over by a grouping of churches who want to form a “mega-church” like Rock Church. Five different Assembly of God parishes have come together and formed “New Break” and bought the buildings. New Break has reportedly gutted the old ELIM church and will be opening sometime later this Winter. They also will be re-opening the school but with their own staff and equipment.
To many Christians, the Christmas holidays are the most sacred. For a Christian church, then, to lay off its Christian staff on that holiday seems very un-Christian-like. What would Jesus have done?