Master Planning

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Project Description

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 calls for a large 2000 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 storm water management. The sloping nature of the site also allows light and access to all three levels of the complex along a circular drive. The main entrance is at the end of a meandering entry drive and across a pedestrian bridge over a natural swale feature.


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


McBride Kelley Baurer