Master Planning

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Looking to build their first permanent home, Hope Community Church acquired 24 acres on the far south side of metropolitan Chicago. McBride and Kelley were hired to complete a Master Plan that could be phased to accommodate the churches rapid but steady growth and budget demands.

The plan called for a large 2,000 seat auditorium styled worship space, a gymnasium / multi-purpose room that can seat over 700, a large gathering space, administrative offices, children’s program spaces and other multi-purpose rooms on three levels. The spaces radiate off the gathering space and are organized along a secondary central spine. The complex is located toward the back of the site on higher ground with the existing wetland as a natural place for stormwater management. The sloping nature of the site also allows light and access to all three levels of the complex. The main entrance (which is mid-level) is at the end of a meandering entry road and across a pedestrian bridge that extends over a natural swale feature. Separate entrances for the children’s programs (lower level) and administrative spaces (upper level) are at different points as you move around the drive and the grade changes. The project was proposed to be built in phases as the church continued to grow but never proceeded past master planning.

Firm: McBride Kelley Baurer


Project Manager: lead the team and contributed to the design effort.


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