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In analyzing Saint Andrews, during the Master Planning / Pre-Design Phase, it became clear that the facility could be reorganized to improve the way existing spaces work and create new spaces to enhance the church’s mission and set the stage for future growth.
Offices were moved from the crowded first floor to a new, inviting, “weekday” entry at the lower level. Because of the sloped site, the entry was still at grade and provided direct access to the small parking lot. This allowed for better security and control during off-peak hours and there was more space for staff meetings and for volunteers to work. With the office move, a new gathering area, adjacent to and connecting the existing worship space and church hall, created a flexible and multi-functional space for after-church activities and overflow for the hall at big functions. Small and medium size meeting space was sorely lacking so five new spaces were created or reorganized: the former library / meeting room was reduced to a more traditional library space; the sacristy was reorganized and made more efficient, a new nursery room and two new meeting / classroom spaces were created; all at same level as the worship / hall / new gathering space. In addition, an elevator and much needed, modern toilet rooms, were added to the facility and the church kitchen was renovated and updated.
A bonus to the project was the unfinished upper level. This high space under the addition’s pitched roof is anticipated to be used for a choir room, flexible meeting space and maybe even worship. The existing lower level was also planned-out but left as future work. A small, three story addition, the project only added about 9,000 SF to of new space but made a great impact on the organization and functionality of the facility.
Project Manager: Involved with the project from inception; acted as the principal contact with the client and contractor; lead the project team and performed construction administration tasks.
McBride Kelley Baurer