With a large Community Space acting as a connector for the Worship Center and Children’s Area, the floor plan concept was intended to make navigation of the facility intuitive. Designed to be expandable, the Worship Center can double in size by removing a single wall while keeping the facility fully operational. The building footprint is also designed to be expanded by implementing additional structural bays to the south to accommodate additional space for the Children’s education areas. Through implementing a cost-effective structural frame in a straight-forward form while expressing that structure in the design, we were able to convey the Door’s philosophy of facility as a mechanism to reach people in the community while also providing the programmatic needs and all within the tight budget. The ability to expand has been addressed at almost every side of the building and site.
TCAL is directly integrated into a new neighborhood development. Working closely with the developer, the facility was designed to serve as an additional Community Center for the neighborhood. Careful consideration was given to how the building was located on the site. The facility is connected to the neighborhood park with a trail system that leads to the church’s entry plaza where the community can make use of interactive children’s playscapes and outdoor gathering areas. Directly adjacent to this outdoor space is a cafe that will be open to the public during the week.
The majority of our church projects have some component of renovation, addition or expansion. This means we have to be thoughtful in how construction can progress without disrupting daily operations and we must be consistently deliberate in our planning for future phases at all stages of design. It’s why, for us, phasing strategies are integral to conceptualization. New Work Fellowship is a study in facility expansion while maintaining daily operations while also maximizing the existing assets in the current building and site. The concept included, first, developing a master plan for full build-out which was then divided into phases. With the master plan established, future growth can be accomodated while perserving the work done in each phase. Expansion from the existing 300 seat Worship Center to the new 600 seat room and the expansion of Commons and Kids’ space will be completed while maintaining a fully operational facility during construction.
Beginning in a day care facility, the Creek Church has experienced tremendous growth which resulted in the need for a permanent building to better support their functions. We began by meeting with the core group of decision makers to draft a needs-assessment questionnaire for staff and congregation. Focusing on questionnaire answers and demographic data, the final needs-assessment report and programming list was generated. Based on attendance ratios, we began to develop a formula to balance the facility for current needs and future growth. From there a master plan consisting of two phases was produced which includes a 600 seat worship center, secure children’s area, and youth gathering space, office/administration area, café and classrooms.