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Church building first of its kind in Waynesboro

September 11, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Volunteers from Otterbein Church started to build the church's new Sprung structure last week by stretching a canvas-like material over a frame.

The church hopes to be using the 50-foot-by-95-foot Sprung Instant Structure by the first week in November.

"The inner shell went up, and you put the outer shell over the outside," said Rick Duesler, director of administration for the South Potomac Street church.

Middle school students will use the building along with participants in the Celebrate Recovery ministry for overcoming addictions. The new Cadence group for ages 18 to 30 also will use the building, which will be divided into three classrooms, a cafe and a large worship space.

Duesler said he's found that Sprung Instant Structures are popular with the military and other churches across the country. The building, formed on a concrete foundation, is the first of its kind in Waynesboro.

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"When we go to (our new site on) Welty Road, we may take it with us," Duesler said.

He described the Sprung building as well-insulated and energy-efficient. Because it does not have windows, Duesler expects the heating and air conditioning will be better contained.

Ever since the Sprung building materials arrived on a truck, Duesler has noticed quite a few passers-by staring at the dome.

The volunteers have been working under the guidance of a representative of the manufacturer.

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