CDH designed the chapel at St. John Neumann for perpetual adoration. The chapel has its own sacristy. Like the main church, this chapel was designed to accommodate those, who are physically challenged. In fact, handicap access and ease of entry and usage drove the design decisions. It is used both for daily mass and exposition of the Eucharist and seats up to 100 people. It can be locked off from the rest of the church but still have access to a handicap toilet.
Natural finishes of rich wood and stone along with beautifully appointed stain glass create a sense of warmth, quiet worship, and welcome. Designers had the rare opportunity to use an existing exterior granite wall within the newly design space. This was done to create an illusion that the chapel was built first, which was actually built later. On the outside, the two worship facilities are connected by a striking and open 80 by 120-foot plaza, which serves as a method of easy access for those in wheel chairs and walkers. Internally, these two building are connected by a light-filled hallway leading from narthex to narthex. Congregants can move seamlessly from the chapel to the sanctuary fulfilling the church’s goal to provide worship spaces where everyone feels welcomed.
The church leadership asked the CDH team to create places designed in the chapel space for statuaries of Mary and Joseph. A large niche in the chapel narthex was created for a statue of Saint John Neumann. This niche is on axis with the corridor leading into the main narthex and is visible from there. Designers used the same design vocabulary from the main church, soffits and sconces but modified them to the scale of this smaller space.
CDH designed Our Lady of the Assumption, which was dedicated in 2005. That architectural design included a wall that would be a columbarium containing 108 units. At the time, columbariums on Parish grounds were not permitted by the Archbishop. When this rule changed, the parish moved forward to complete their original desire for a columbarium. The master plan was designed to include 400 units, which would cover the cost of construction. CDH completed drawings for permit and the construction was completed. The columbarium was dedicated last in the fall of 2015.
The original wall had three sections designed to hold 36 12x12x12 units. CDH designed four new walls, which added eight sections each of 36 units to bring the total unit count to 396.
Designers matched the brick and cast stone used on the church and original wall and extended the engraved brick pavers to the base of all of the walls. The height of the new walls was determined by the local jurisdiction at eight feet. Originally designed at ten feet to match the existing wall, architects altered the cast stone shape and brick coursing on the new walls to comply. Each unit will hold up to two regular sized burial urns so couples can be buried together in the same unit.
First Baptist Toccoa is a very active community church with a growing student population. Even though this church is located in a rural area in northeast Georgia, it is known for its progressive building program. Over the years, the church has expanded to meet the needs of a growing congregation.
Two years ago, the church’s leadership team realized many of its young families were leaving the church in search of broader and more progressive form of worship. This is when they contacted CDH Partners and asked for assistance in retaining their current student population and expanding it to attract others from the surrounding communities.
Designers created a building that goes beyond meeting the needs of the church’s teens. While the focus of the new addition is primarily focused on students and teens, this new 14,500 square foot space accommodates a broad range of age groups and includes a contemporary multipurpose space that is used for worship, recreation, and church fellowships. The area is equipped with a state-of-the-art stage and elevated sound booth.
The facility was designed with community in mind and offers meeting and gathering spaces. The cafe with stained concrete floors serve as a perfect location for friends to meet and talk. An enclosed glass corridor serves as a welcoming transition from a traditional church environment to this newly design contemporary space.
Building committee members for the historical Friendship Baptist Church selected CDH Partners to design a completely new church campus. Plans call for this new campus to be completed in April 2017, which will be the church’s 155th anniversary. Friendship is one of the oldest African-American churches in the city of Atlanta.
The new 44,000 square foot church will contain state-of-the-art technology and a sanctuary that seats 500. The design for the Fellowship Hall will be flexible and contain a stage and room for over 450 people, while a smaller chapel will seat 200. The church will also contain educational and choir rehearsal space.
Friendship Baptist was displaced when the Atlanta Falcons began to acquire property for a new stadium. It was established in 1862 and is Atlanta’s first African American Baptist congregation. In the beginning, church services were held in a donated railroad boxcar given to Friendship by a church in Ohio. It was used for worship services on Sunday and as a classroom by youth during the week.
Both Spelman and Morris Brown Colleges began in the basement of Friendship Baptist Church. These schools later became a part of Atlanta University. The church is also the “Mother” church to nine other African American Baptist congregations.
Many elements of the historical Friendship Church building have been preserved and will be incorporated into the new building. Stained glass windows will be reused along with the church’s original bell and pipe organ.
Friendship Baptist Church
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CDH designed a new sanctuary and education building for Roopville Road Baptist Church. This building contains 54,000 square feet and provides much needed space for future growth. The exterior is stucco accented with natural stone and wood creating a warm and welcoming environment. Stone columns and a well lit cupola designate the covered entry.
Large windows provide an abundance of natural light, which flows throughout the lobby space. Flooring consists of stained concrete and carpet. The sanctuary is a state-of-the-art facility containing choir space, a large stage, stadium seating, audio and video booths and theatrical lighting. The main worship center also contains a music rehearsal suite, preschool education wing, and a cafe.
Several gathering spaces were added as places to connect with friends. The building includes an administrative wing and an education wing for adults, children, and youth.
The children’s area is a safe, fun environment that contains a theater with a stage. The preschool area incorporates a safe check in desk, bright colors, and spacious rooms and has a fire house theme.
The First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida located in the heart of downtown Jacksonville, has grown from the original worship facility to now occupying nearly nine city blocks. CDH Partners was asked to assist the church with master-planning for the church’s campus and also interior renovations in a number of existing spaces. The original 100-year-old worship center has served the church in several capacities throughout the years.
Through proper master planning for the entire campus it was determined the most beneficial and appropriate use of this historic space required renovation of its interior as the future chapel. The transformation preserves the look of the original worship space for this mega-church but it also introduces state-of-the-art technology. Audio and video are apart of the digital technology included in the design of the worship center. The church has two campuses and live broadcasts are viewed at both locations.
The chapel continues to serve the needs of the church for smaller gatherings suited to its 400-seat capacity.
CDH did not take the obvious route with this mater plan by placing the worship center at the rear of this space-limited track of land. Instead, the sighting of the new sanctuary required an aggressive approach. The Master Plan called for the footprint of the sanctuary to be located in the front of the property. Today, The Church of the Apostles, with its Gothic-styled campus, is one of Atlanta’s most visible landmarks.
The sanctuary is a warm transitional space where slate floors, regal stained glass windows, traditional pews combine with open space, clean design, and light-reflecting colors for an intimate yet vibrant worship setting. Special design considerations were taken for the technical equipment used by the church’s audio/video production and broadcast ministries. An existing building was extensively renovated for classroom and multi-purpose use. The last phase of the Master Plan will be a new chapel.
The First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida, is located in the heart of downtown Jacksonville. The original 100-year-old worship center has served the church in several capacities throughout the years. The church continues to grow and now occupies nearly nine city blocks. CDH Partners was asked to assist the church with planning for the future by developing a master plan that included renovation of a number of existing spaces and also the construction of new classrooms, gathering spaces, and recreation areas.
The transformation of the church preserved the elegance of the original worship space for this mega-church while introducing state-of-the-arts technology that addresses the audio and visual needs of the church. The master plan also includes a design that is architecturally sensitivity to the character and integrity of this historic facility.
The first space to undergo renovation was the main worship center. Because the expanse of the campus the church relocated six classrooms for senior adults to attend Sunday school and church in one building. Other programming needs required additional circulation space within the worship center and lobby. To create a more intimate space, seating capacity was reduced from 9000 to 7500 to and a larger platform was designed that lowered the stage and also allows for seasonal dramatic performances. Next was the second floor of the Preschool building. This level is a high traffic area with three pedestrian bridges that connect to the to administration, the children’s ministry building and the youth building.
Future phases includes renovation of the original worship center, which will serve as the chapel. Plans also call for the youth building to be renovated. The design will include the creation of theater spaces for the middle school and high school student ministries.
First Baptist Jacksonville, Florida
124 West Ashley Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Worship Center – 126,300
Youth – 64,300
Children – 108,160 and 10,900
Chapel – 13,900
After purchasing a 160-acre golf course alongside the Little Miami River in Cincinnati, Horizon Community Church leaders worked with CDH to create a master plan for a new church campus. A primary objective was to preserve the beauty of the natural site while positing the new campus buildings in an area that takes full advantage of the pristine landscape. The complex was designed with sustainability in mind and features a cluster of buildings that resembles a European village. Energy is conserved through high performance thermal envelope and a selection of sustainable materials.
The design team worked closely with church leaders to create many of the outdoor features that clearly define the campus. The first phase of the master plan includes a traditional French Country design and sets the foundation for future growth and expansion. The focal point of the church’s narthex is a grand fireplace with a large hearth that serves as a gathering place for members.
This 130-year old church moved to its current site 30 years ago. In 1970, the first phase of the master plan involving the construction of a two level sanctuary and classroom was completed. The architecture was compatible with other buildings of that time, which also included Gothic accents. Clay brick, which has a variety of color and an unique texture, was used as the primary exterior building material. A few years later, a second building was constructed matching the architectural style of the original building and providing additional classroom space along with recreation and fellowship areas. This addition also utilized clay brick as the primary exterior material.
The focal point of the campus for the next phase was a brick tower that reaches more than 100 feet above the sanctuary floor elevation. Church leaders felt they had invested wisely in previous phases of their campus development and wanted to continue to use and match existing brick, which was very successful. This new addition provides a large gathering space at the entrance of the sanctuary and a more traditional church style. Removal of an existing portico at the main entrance gave the CDH design team the opportunity to change the scale of the front of the building utilizing more brick and creating a dramatic street view. The new portico entrance, a series of three arches, has a roof line that is lower than that of the nave and the original portico. This offers a significant aesthetic improvement from a tall stucco element that was removed. Adjacent to the portico is a new prayer tower. A prayer room is located in the lower level of the tower. The harmonious use of the clay brick serves to unify the campus, establish a strong visual presence while providing both an update and upgrade for the entire campus.
The Villages is a newly constructed facility centered around administrative and worship spaces. A master plan was developed to add a worship center along with small group spaces and some other community type facilities. There is an existing building on their campus that was previously used for worship. In the future, this will be repurposed for meetings and classrooms. The master plan calls for it to be physically connected to the new structure by a shared garden space.
Even though this is a retire community located within a progressive resort area, the leadership wanted it to be welcoming and embracing for all age groups. Members often have children and grand children who visit. Therefore, the approach to the construction of this facility was contemporary with theater seating for 900 people. Architects also included an area where younger children could go for classes during the main worship service.
Both exterior and interior design have the look and feel of a Florida resort community. Light colors, heavy wicker furniture in gathering areas, island ceiling fans, and an abundance of natural light make this a comfortable and welcoming setting. The decision to use a slope floor and theater seats provided good sightlines from the seats to the platform. There is also state-of-the-art audio and video integration into the sanctuary. The area is a high volume, vaulted space.
One of the church’s central desires was to be good stewards of the money they had for construction. This meant the church’s leadership team had to make some tough decisions about the facility. However in the end, they were able to reach their basic goals and even go beyond these. This was partly due to the insight and flexibility of CDH architects, who designed the facility without sacrificing a great deal of function.
If there was a challenge for this project, it involved taking the original vision, preserving it, and building the structure within budget. CDH was able to do this and the results are striking both inside and outside the facility. So the goals of the client were achieved.
The major concern the leadership of this church was retention. They wanted to make sure they had the right updated facilities to offer the youth and young families. The finishes, themed environments, and security measures were not current. CDH had built a multipurpose building on this campus years ago and it also needed updating. The choice to have a more contemporary facility also included theater seating in the main sanctuary.
The renovation took place “under roof,” which called for contractors and their teams to work during the week making the facility available for use on Sundays. It involved a great deal of demolition work, especially to the preschool and children’s areas that included moving walls, adding welcome stations, updated finishes, millwork, paint and themed environments.
The campus also contained a historical structure, which was the original sanctuary. It is now used by the youth for worship. This building was completely renovated and the original stain glass windows were refurbished. The new contemporary designed facility was also something adults, who use the facility, are comfortable using. The middle school and high school groups also have assemble space in this facility. A café was added to this area making it a great place for people to meet ad have coffee.
The children’s area was relocated and totally reconfigured. Corridors that had been difficult to navigate were changed and enlarged to increase traffic flow. Walls were taken down and reconfigured to include a center corridor that allows for a smoother transition from one space to another. An area used for fellowship, recreation, and classroom space was located on the lower level of the main worship facility. It was under used because it was dark and hidden. This space was totally renovated adding new paint, millwork, along with a new ceiling, a stage, and a state-of-the art lighting and sound system. Now, it is a perfect place for events and recreation. An elevator was also added to this building making it handicap accessible.
The space for preschoolers required a total renovation. The rooms that were in this location were functional, but CDH designers added new finishes, paint, millwork, and updated the themes. Security was also added taking care of a critical need. Architects added a check in area, cross-corridor doors to create a physical barrier to aid in security along with access control items requiring the addition of keypads. Before the renovation, the administrative staff was scattered all over the campus making security problematic. It also meant that building that contained these offices had to be heated and cooled so the campus was not energy efficient.
Architects captured some classroom space and turn it into an office suite for the staff and the senior pastor along with space for volunteers. Before the redesign and renovation, various buildings had to be left open. This newly constructed area has helped the staff to work more efficiently while conserving energy. The campus is now easier to navigate and to manage and secure. The results of the renovation is a more contemporary setting that incorporated theater seating themed areas while meeting the needs of all age groups.
Over the years, Peachtree City United Methodist Church has been through many phases of growth. The church was established in the mid 1970’s in a small but growing community. It originally purchased a three-acre tract of land and built a sanctuary that seated 500 people. However, rapid community growth and an increase in membership prompted church leaders to purchase an additional 63 acres at a nearby location for future expansion.
CDH Partners designed a five-phase master plan that included the construction of a new multi-purpose fellowship hall/250-seat chapel, a sanctuary with a seating capacity of 1,800, a music suite, prayer chapel, educational space, and administrative offices. Additional on-site parking also was added.
This traditional Methodist church was designed with contemporary elements to emphasis the church’s music and drama ministries along with the regular Sunday worship services. Therefore, special consideration was given to the sanctuary’s lighting and sound. Future phases include the construction of an outdoor amphitheater, a recreation center, ball fields, and walking trails. A small water-retention lake will be created by utilizing a creek that bisects the property.
Peachtree United Methodist Church
Peachtree City, Georgia
Noonday Baptist Church is an established church in the community that has experienced significant growth in recent years. Because of the need for more space the church purchased an 18.75-acre parcel of land across the street from their existing campus. CDH assisted in the programming and master planning to maximize both sites. The existing campus will continue to house the church’s academy, youth ministry and the church administrative needs.
The first phase of development is complete and the new campus provides the church with a 600-seat sanctuary space that utilizes portable staging. This worship space will become the fellowship hall as the campus develops and a larger worship center is added. The portable staging helps avoid a need for renovation when the campus reaches further development. Twelve adult classrooms and thirteen rooms for preschool and children were included in this two-story building. A large porte-cochere featuring exposed trusses welcomes guests upon arrival. The exterior of the bungalow styled building is detailed with brick. Two hundred parking spaces will be included in this phase of development.
CDH Partners was asked to create a Master Plan design that would maximize the usage of the church property while expanding the existing sanctuary to accommodate the needs of a growing congregation. The first challenge was to create a design that was sensitive to the church’s historical surroundings while incorporating radial seating for a more contemporary style of worship.
Included in future phases of the Master Plan is the construction of a fellowship hall, which will serve as a transitional worship center, and additional educational and administrative office space. In the last phase, a new sanctuary with a tower element will be built and become the focal point of the church campus and a landmark for the city. In keeping with the historical preservation of the area, the exterior of the existing buildings will not change. Instead, landscape treatments and a transitional wall will tie the new construction to the old.
The historic First United Methodist Church located in downtown Greensboro will construct a second campus on Carey Station Road south of their present location. The present downtown site with its Gothic architecture will continue to serve as an active campus. By starting the additional south campus the church will be better equipped to serve the growing communities of Greensboro and Reynolds Plantation.
Although the south campus will be a new facility the church leader- ship’s desire is to reflect a consistent influence of the Gothic architecture. The new structure will a modern interpretation with many traditional Gothic elements. A large tower anchors the campus and highlights the primary point of entry. Ministry support space is included in the plan to serve the needs of the nearby residents to offer everything that the downtown location provides.
Mount Paran Church of God is a rapidly growing congregation with a progressive style of worship. The location of the church campus presented serious space limitations. It is situated on a corner lot with a major thoroughfare on one side and high-end houses on the other. Therefore, considerable time was given to meeting city zoning regulations and neighborhood covenants.
The first phase of the Master Plan called for construction of a parking deck and a 200-seat chapel with educational space and elevators. This new facility serves as a traditional space that is connected to the existing buildings. In the second phase a new 2,400- seat sanctuary was built near the front entry. Afterward the existing sanctuary and administration buildings were razed and replaced with the Great Hall for fellowship and the Children’s Building. The Children’s Ministry building houses the Power House and Bible Land theaters and educational space for students.
For years, Prince Avenue Baptist Church has had a very active children’s program. Therefore, when church leaders met with the CDH design team, they immediately expressed a desire to create an area that motivated young children to learn.
“Genesis Junction” does exactly that. This themed space is highly motivational and entertaining. It was designed to have the look and feel of a fun train depot. The check in station is a ticket counter with security doors for limited access and video cameras to monitor entry. There are even blinking red lights on the railroad crossing signals.
A large mural of an old steam locomotive extends down the hallway and acts as a wayfinding element for children and parents. A small theater located inside the preschool area provides a place for children to watch puppet shows and interact with teachers and other children.
“Kidzopolis,” which is located on the upper level, is a large space designated for children K-5. It includes “The Clubhouse” theater, another themed area that containing large trees, marquee style posters depicting the current Sunday school lesson, and a stage area with props suitable for a teaching environment. Solid and patterned carpeting that is sensitive to the black lights provides another sensory rich experience.
Exits from the Clubhouse lead to secure corridors and provide access to the children’s ministry classrooms. The inclusion of 3D elements and black lighting create a sense of drama and excitement. Thanks to colorful wall messaging, these areas are also places where values and principles are taught in an easy-to-understand ways.