Trinity Lutheran Church

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Following a master planning phase which was undertaken to determine the future course of action for the church and school, Trinity decided to build a small addition to address some short-term needs. The existing facility utilized a church hall, located in the basement under the worship space, as a primary gathering area for after worship activities. This proved to be problematic as it was not readily accessible for a good portion of the older church population nor did it ‘capture’ people on their way out after services. In addition, the school had a small lobby/entry area that also proved to be too small for their needs, especially at the start of the school day.

The focus of the building addition is a large new space that acts as a multi-purpose / gathering space for after worship and school activities. It also functions as an organizing element, connecting to the existing Narthex and the school entry. The project addresses accessibility issues by providing a full-size elevator (to replace the existing LULA). In addition, there is a choir/band room on the second level with direct access to the choir loft and new office space for the church and pastoral staff. The basement level was left as shell space for a future computer lab and other support spaces for the school. A challenge for this project was to match all of the different levels of the existing buildings with the new work. On the exterior, the addition strives to complement the existing church without being overpowering. It also conveniently hides parts of the nondescript 1970’s school located to the rear. The building is constructed of load-bearing masonry and steel with cast stone veneer and copper roof.

Firm: McBride Kelley Baurer


Project Manager of the project from inception; principal contact with the client and contractor; lead the design team and performed construction administration tasks.


For two similar projects, click on Evangelical Covenant Church or Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church. For information on other faith-based projects, visit my Projects Page.