Edifice Transforms Old Lake Norman Theater to Elevation’s Newest Campus

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Cornelius, N.C. – Thousands of Elevation churchgoers are now gathering for services at Elevation Church’s Lake Norman campus. Edifice recently completed the $5+ million renovation for the church that included transforming the old 41,600-square-foot Palace Theater into the church’s newest location.

“We needed to be in the building holding worship experiences at the first of the year (2014) to create capacity at our other locations, “ shared Josh Blackson, Pastor of Operations and Expansions for Elevation Church. “This caused a very tight schedule.”

The transformation of the project was a unique experience for Edifice, considering the company built the existing theatre over a decade ago.

In recent years Edifice’s portfolio and business model has evolved, expanding the company’s portfolio into nearly every market segment – on average faith-based projects represent approximately 20% of Edifice’s work.


“When we learned that Elevation was looking to renovate this theater, we knew we would be the right fit as the general contractor for the project.” said Bryan Knupp, senior vice president for Edifice. “Our knowledge of the existing building, coupled with our extensive experience in both traditional and non traditional church construction allowed us to lend our expertise to help Elevation achieve their worship needs.”

The old theatre can now accommodate over a thousand worshipers in its new 1,200-seat auditorium that boasts a stage and state of the art audio-visual systems similar to that of other Elevation locations. The transformed space also includes a welcome area, gathering rooms, and two children’s stage areas.

“Coordination of all parties is very important in any job, but when the timeline is this tight, it is essential. ” Blackson stated. “Within 5 months of receiving a building permit, the team at Edifice had us in; before the expected February completion date and within budget. Edifice was top notch!”

Transforming design of the new space was provided by LS3P architecture, with the advanced audio-visual technology systems put into place by AE Global Media.

The 10th location for the growing church, the space will also be made available for community use.

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