First Apostolic Lutheran Church


First Apostolic Lutheran Church

Howell, MI
  • TYPE OF CONSTRUCTION New Construction
  • CONTRACT TYPE CM - Stipulated Sum
  • ARCHITECT Ted Hu Associates (Michigan)
  • SIZE 29,000 SF
  • COST $3.5M
  • COMPLETION DATE Winter 2013

First Apostolic Church is a unique congregation of family-oriented worshippers with a distinct connection to its Finnish roots. Unlike may congregations which require classrooms and administrative spaces, Faith Apostolic required a large sanctuary for family corporate worship, and a large dining hall for family fellowship, gathering and dining.

When Faith Apostolic finally sold its older building in Farmington Hills (MI), it acquired a greenfield site near Howell, MI. Plans that were previously developed needed to now be strategically positioned on the proposed site, including on-site detention and parking. Wieland worked with Ted Hu Associates to bring the project in on time and on budget.

Dave Halonen, Chairman of the Building Committee, applied some humor when speaking of Wieland: “What was most impressive was your incredible patience working with an impossible customer. By their nature, churches have unique characteristics that confound normal planning and processes. The Wieland team had a calm, professional demeanor that was a joy and very helpful when we found ourselves getting caught up in things.”

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