First Baptist Church Jacksonville Master Plan
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