Good Shepherd Church

Naperville, IL
10,034 square feet
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Project Highlights

  • Owner: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church - Naperville, IL
  • Architect & Contractor: Aspen Group
  • Wall Type: Non-load bearing, exterior infill
  • Max. Wall Height: 26 feet
  • Panel Width: 8" inches

Project Details

Project Background

Using a new product for the first time can cause a project manager some concerns, especially on a project where timing is critical. But for Aspen Group, a leading Midwest design/build firm, the company's first use of the ACCEL-E wall system was a positive experience – one they are already planning to repeat.

Construction Speed and Efficiency

From the outset, timing was critical in the renovation and expansion of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL. The congregation hired Aspen Group, a design/build firm with over a decade of experience serving churches, to design and manage the project, which involved adding a new two-story youth worship center along with renovations to the existing sanctuary.

"One of the big driving factors was the time of year and weather considerations," said Dave Piersma, senior project manager at Aspen Group. "To get this thing closed in before winter was essential, so speed of construction was a key element."

To do that, Aspen Group recommended replacing conventional framing and insulation with pre-engineered SYNTHEON ACCEL-E panels. By combining framing, cavity insulation and continuous rigid foam into a single process, the ACCEL-E panels can reduce the time required to erect walls by as much as 73 percent.

"So as soon as the panels are up we've got a closed-in insulated building," said Piersma.

Support on the Job

Despite the advantages, Piersma naturally had concerns since this was his company's first experience with the ACCEL-E system.

"On conventional construction there's no need for shop drawings, so one of my big concerns was adding another step in the process," he explained. "But they turned around the shop drawings and did a fine job coordinating with our architects.... They delivered the product as promised, and when we needed one partial section delivered earlier than planned, they were able to change their shop schedule around for us to do that. They worked with us quite well."

That support extended to the jobsite, as well.

"This was the first time our carpentry subcontractor had erected this type of system but it went smoothly," he said. "The manufacturer had people on site to do some training, which was a tremendous advantage."

Although this was Aspen Group's first experience with the ACCEL-E system, it won't be the last.

"We're already using it on another project, and looking at using it on another," Piersma said, noting that the ACCEL-E system's potential energy savings could be an additional advantage in many instances. By eliminating air gaps, sagging and irregularities, and by reducing thermal bridging and heat transference, ACCEL-E panels offer tested insulating values that surpass other panel systend traditional framing techniques.