A 14,500 square foot addition was constructed on an existing 20,500 square foot sanctuary and parish hall. The addition primarily consists of a new gymnasium, a set of new administrative offices, and a wing of additional Sunday School classrooms. The concept driving the design was to connect the previously separated sanctuary and parish hall buildings, and to provide unimpeded handicapped accessibility throughout the entire facility. This driving concept, as well as the unique design ideas shown in the preliminary phases, won Fox Architectural Design the commission from a short list of architects.
The new layout meets with the needs of the expanding congregation and provides for future expansion. Many meetings with church committees and revisions to the design drawings were undertaken to make sure that the church would get the space they wanted now, as well as the space they would need in the future. After the design was completed, construction drawings for the project were coordinated and completed, and ultimately reviewed by the State due to the size of the project.
Dealing with existing structures makes a construction project more difficult. We were directly involved in the construction process as an agent of the church observing construction, reviewing shop drawings, and approving contractor payments. As construction moved forward, modifications and adjustments were reviewed and recommendations were made in order to allow the church to spend its funds wisely and efficiently.