Betio church - Case Study

This Church was designed and built for the LDS church in Kiribati,  a small island nation near the equator in the central Pacific Ocean. A build site was chosen in Betio, the largest township of Kiribati's capital city, South Tarawa

The brief was to provide a high-quality church meeting house in this remote and exposed location in the Pacific. The build quality had to comply with the Pacific Island’s building standards including higher levels of timber treatment due to the area being termite-prone. This site is very near the sea and is subject to salt spray, very high temperatures and humidity. Due to the remote location, all building material had to be imported to the site. Local labour was utilised with additional technical support from Lockwood. 

There are always challenges to building in such a remote location but the Church was completed to specification and within the time frame specified and now provides a strong and safe meeting house for the LDS Church and the community. 

Betio Church - Pacific Islands

Betio Church

Betio Church

The completed church is the heart of the community

Ship Lockwood Components

Ship Lockwood Components

All components were carefully packed and shipped in containers to the remote site where the concrete building slab had been prepared

Day one Morning

Day one Morning

The components were unpacked and sorted on the prepared concrete slab on day 1 

Internal Wall components

Internal Wall components

External walls going up late on day 1

Lockwood build Day two afternoon

Lockwood build Day two afternoon

By the afternoon of day two, the team had the external walls built to window height with joinery in place

Challenging unique site

Challenging unique site

The site had some challenges, including very high temperatures and humidity

Local workers

Local workers

Local contractors completing the barge boards on the church. 

Commercial

Commercial

Part of the commercial fit out included door closers 

Meeting hall

Meeting hall

A smaller meeting room is partitioned from the larger meeting hall

Ceiling fans

Ceiling fans

Ceiling fans were installed to keep the congregation cool in the large meeting hall

Male toilets

Male toilets

The Church required both female and male restroom facilities