First United Methodist Church – Orlando
First United Methodist Church of Orlando is located in the city’s trendy downtown area and has had a presence in the downtown area for over 100 years. CDH architects and interior designers created a modern addition to the traditional styled sanctuary.
In April 2012, a spacious fellowship hall was completed. It contains an 82,000 square foot contemporary worship center with a seating capacity of 350. Also included in the design was a 125-seat chapel that contains a parlor, bride’s suite, music suite, adult and children’s classrooms, nurseries, and an administrative suite.
The fellowship hall was designed to be spacious containing areas where people can meet and gather. It also contains an upscale café and a full service kitchen. An oversized sculpture resembling Stonehenge creates an imaginative divider between the fellowship hall, kitchen, and information desk. It also serves as a recreation destination for children, who play on its painted metal towers.
A custom 16-foot light fixture hangs in the center of the fellowship hall and is highly visible through glass exterior walls, which form a three-story atrium and serves as a signature feature to the new ministry center. At night this striking feature becomes a luminary for the city of Orlando. The new structure is LEED certified. Energy costs were reduced by almost 18 percent through lighting selection, e–glass windows, high efficiency solutions for HVAC, high efficiency water reduction fixtures, and energy-star appliances.
First United Methodist Church
PCI 2013 Design Awards
Best Religious Structure
Award of Excellence
2011 Golden Brick Awards
Downtown Orlando Partnership
LEED Silver Certification
Church Executive Magazine, May 2012
Worship Facilities Magazine May/June 2012