Southeastern Synod ELCA

Hardscape Plan for Lutheranch Being Developed

November 12, 2015

Two landscape architects are volunteering their time to develop a “hardscape” plan for Lutheranch that will include the roads, trails and site features.  It is important that these features be in place prior to construction of the new retreat center.  With the architect authorized to develop detailed plans and construction drawings for the center, Lutheranch is very fortunate to have two volunteers step forward to begin work on the plan.  Stephen Schrader is from Birmingham, Alabama where he is a member of Shades Valley Lutheran Church.  Jim Burtt is from Lawrenceville, Georgia.The renderings, below, show the new entrance to Lutheranch on Salem Church Road, which is less than 15 minutes off of I20.  The renderings also depict a future residence for the site manager and office.  While plans are still being developed, it is likely that Laurel Oaks will line the entrance road that passes by Stender Lake on the way to the new retreat center.The hardscape plan will include the trails and road network and locating sites for the high ropes course, community dynamics course, labyrinth, recreation field, tent sites and other site features.  The team is also giving input on the design for the new outdoor worship area that is being developed on the shores of Stender Lake.  Thanks Jim and Stephen!Be watching for more information on Lutheranch as the architectural plans for the retreat center are finalized and a general contractor is selected to assist with cost analysis and preparation for the new retreat center.  Funds are still needed to fully fund the retreat center, but efforts are in place to raise the funds with the hope that construction can begin in 2016.  For more information on how you can help to “complete the dream” for Lutheranch, contact Keith Trout at (864) 313-1453 or ktrout@novusway.org.