Hawthorn Hills Community Church

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Finding a site for their first permanent home proved difficult for this young and growing church. In 1999 they settled on six acres in an industrial park. It seemed a good fit since they have a non-traditional worship style and desire for a multi-purpose building with resale potential.

The building contains 58,000 s.f. of space on three levels. The lower level was left as shell space for future expansion. It features two landscaped light wells to allow natural light into the future spaces. The ground level contains a large entry/gathering space, a gymnasium that can hold 750 for worship, a ‘programming’ room that holds 200 and a number of smaller rooms (some divisible) for children and adult program use. The upper level contains additional un-built meeting space and church offices. The $4.5 million project is constructed of pre-cast concrete and steel with a large glass entry element. The project included an extensive planning and municipal approval process including a zoning change to allow for a church in an industrial use.

Firm: McBride Kelley Baurer


Project Manager: Involved with the project from inception; act as the principal contact with the client, contractor and municipal officials; lead the design team and performed construction administration tasks.


To see a similar project, Community Christian Church, Go Here. For information on other faith-based projects, visit my Projects Page.