2010 AIA West Virginia Merit Award
Dedicated to serving the needs of its parishioners, Bible Center Church created a multi-phased development plan to relocate its facility to a new campus. The proposed church campus includes more than 250,000 SF of worship, fellowship, education, and administrative space on a picturesque 90 acres.
The first phase of this development included approximately 60,000 SF of worship; Christian education; administrative support space; 500 surface parking spaces; a new access drive; plazas, landscaping; and site infrastructure for future development. The central component of phase one includes a 1,200-seat multi-purpose sanctuary that serves the needs of the initial relocation. The grand lobby space offers a window to the outdoors with its large fenestration and clerestory features. The extensive glass curtain wall and large open spaces were accomplished with tubular steel frames and glulam wood trusses. A large fireplace in the lobby creates a welcoming environment for fellowship. The worship space is designed to continue the elegant lodge-like atmosphere with its richly textured fabrics, stone, and warm natural millwork. The phase two strategic plan expands the educational and gymnasium space. A portion of this phase provides for administrative needs. Phase three includes a 2,200-seat worship center, a small chapel, and additional room for the education ministry.