May, 2018

Trinity hired SBW a number of years ago to prepare the Masterplan for this rural congregation. The first phase, which included a new entry lobby/gathering space, new restrooms and an expanded kitchen, offices and meeting rooms was dedicated to Christ during a very nice ceremony.

April, 2018

SBW worked closely with the Pastor and Board of this Southwest Detroit Urban Ministry to design and prepare the construction documents for the revamped sanctuary. A number of years ago, SBW was instrumental in finding the building so this outreach could move from a leased space they had badly outgrown. The Ministry brings to the residents of this poor community more than just meals, clothing and a family planning center; they bring the Good News of Christ.

March, 2018

SBW teamed up with this new ministry at the Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Detroit to assist with code issues and City approvals as they begin to host volunteers from around the nation, to help Detroit residents restore the grandeur that was once the City of Detroit. This ministry of the Michigan District LCMS is modeled after the 'Camp Restore' outreach centers in Baton Rouge and New Orleans which sprang up following Hurricane Katrina.

December, 2017

SBW has been hired for masterplanning services for this large Harrison Township Parish. Among the planning contemplated for the masterplan are restoration items including new roofing, pews, windows and expansions of several of their buildings to better accommodate the ministry needs of the parish including new administrative offices, meeting rooms and assembly spaces.

May, 2017

After providing masterplanning services for this Fraser church and school they are moving to complete the first of several phases. Phase 1 includes 7 classrooms, a large media center and restrooms for both students and teachers. Also included is the hardening of the new construction to better safeguard the students during natural as well as man-made emergencies.

March, 2017

We are proud to partner with this young Evangelical congregation who serves both in-reach and outreach ministries in a former public elementary school in Easpointe. SBW masterplanned the building and site, the first phase of which, is a new 500 seat sanctuary with a large gathering space and other support functions and amenities.

August, 2017

With the retirement of Tim Wagner in 2015, it was past time for a rebranding of this firm in continuous operation since 1974. Simultaneously, we moved our offices back to Clinton Township, and the same office plaza where the firm began all those years ago. With the same core employees, we remain the same firm in our devotion to quality professional services and dedication to the needs of our clients.

July, 2015

SBW partnered with the LCMS-Michigan District to plan a new church model for this mission congregation. Making use of the district's large site in Byron Center, we planned a retail center with a larger 'anchor' space at one end. The anchor space would serve as the sanctuary, while the balance of the retail spaces would be leased to businesses with the proceeds used to support the church ministries. As the church grew, it could take over more and more of the retail units to satisfy its space needs. All elements of the facility were easily expandable to cover all contingencies.

April, 2014

SBW was hired by this large Ann Arbor church and school which is comprised of a small downtown campus that accommodates their original historic sanctuary and their large elementary school located 15 minutes east on a sprawling campus. The plan was to relocate the sanctuary function to the school site in a new facility which will seat 500. Other modifications were contemplated to add classrooms and expand their preschool as well as hardening the school to meet today's security needs.

February, 2013

Lamb of God Lutheran Church, which is a merger of Peace Lutheran and Redeemer Lutheran churches, both in Flint, Michigan, selected SBW to design their new sanctuary to accommodate the new congregation. The new sanctuary, which seats 175, has been located in the front yard of the site and is connected to the former sanctuary, which became an expanded fellowship hall.

July, 2010

SBW's addition to Brooklyn Presbyterian Church and the Early Childhood Center of St. Peter's Lutheran Church are both selected to be among 50 projects in the State of Michigan to win a 'Building of America Award' and are featured in 2010 Michigan Real Estate and Construction Review.

June, 2010

SBW was selected to perform comprehensive masterplanning services for St. Paul Lutheran Church in Trenton, Michigan and St. John Lutheran Church and School, in Fraser, Michigan.The services, which are expected to take up to six months to complete will elicit from the congregations their specific functional needs projected over the next 20-30 years and from that data devise an overall plan for growth and expansion. Once approved, a phasing strategy will be devised which will define a phase one project, based upon highest priority need and available budget.

July, 2008

SBW's Our Redeemer Lutheran Church project wins First Place and both the St. Peter Lutheran Early Childhood Center project in Eastpointe, Michigan and the St. Peter Lutheran Church project in Macomb, Michigan are awarded Honorable Mention in the 2008 Triennial Art and Architecture Awards Program sponsored by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.

November, 2007

Among hundreds of nominated projects, SBW's work for St. Peter Lutheran Church and School in Macomb, Michigan was selected to receive a Building of America Award bestowed by The Real Estate and Construction Review and its parent company, Construction Communications. The award seeks to honor Michigan's most innovative, unique and challenging new projects which are particularly noteworthy and/or give back to their respective communities. The projects will be featured in Real Estate and Construction Review – Michigan Edition.

April, 2007

SBW was selected to provide architectural consulting services in the preparation of construction documents for the Qatar National Convention Centre located in Doha, Qatar. This luxurious landmark facility includes over 430,000 square feet of exhibition space, a conference hall for 4,000 delegates, a 2,300 seat theater, multiple tiered auditoriums, meeting rooms, lounges and banquet space for up to 10,000 guests. This $800 M project, located within Qatar's elite Education City, is designed to meet LEED Gold certification under US Green Building Council guidelines.

October, 2006

Following a comprehensive and exacting vetting process, SBW was invited to join Church Resource Network ( to represent professional architectural services. CRN is comprised of active Christian business leaders in the religious market who have joined together with the distinct goal of utilizing their collective knowledge to assist churches solve facility problems so they may concentrate on their Ministries.

May, 2005

SBW is selected as the winner of the Oak Grove AME Design Competition for this new worship and educational facility to be located in northeast Detroit. The project includes a new 3,500 seat sanctuary, 1,800 seat fellowship hall/theater, P-K - 5th Grade day school, ministries wing and both school and church administrative suites. The $12.5 M project awaits city approval.

Contact Us

36358 Garfield Rd., Suite 4
Clinton Township, MI 48035

Telephone: (586) 630-0880
Fax: (586) 630-0891


"I recommend the architectural services of SBW. Their professionalism, especially in producing comprehensive construction documents, is a testament to their experience and teamwork abilities."

Paul Weisenbach
Frank Rewold & Son, Inc.
Rochester, MI

Follow SBW/Architects on Facebook
Connect with SBW/Architects on LinkedIn
Follow SBW/Architects on Houzz
Visit the Church Resource Network