TRINITY LIGHTHOUSE CHURCH
To accommodate its growing congregation and alleviate parking problems, Trinity Lighthouse Church was holding multiple services each weekend in its 268-seat existing auditorium. With no room for expansion at that location, the church turned to DLA to master plan its new 10.7 acre, high-profile site along the highway and design a new facility to allow its ministries to grow.
Based on the church's emphasis on fellowship, the new building was designed to feature a large central foyer with direct access to a 728-seat sanctuary on one side and a full-size gymnasium/fellowship hall on the other. Other spaces provided include a multipurpose room with a kitchen, nine classrooms, and office and support areas.
After several years of operation the church needed more classroom space. They also wanted a café to better serve their congregation and to enhance their fellowship experience. Choosing to repurpose the existing gymnasium they again called upon DLA to provide architectural services. Working closely with the pastoral staff to efficiently subdivide the gym, DLA designed a café adjacent to the central foyer with a serving counter, seating and support areas, a dedicated children’s church space with controlled check-in, two breakout classrooms, and a multipurpose room. Since the church was also concerned with improving nursery department control and security, DLA created a larger, more secure check-in area to better handle multiple families at a time.
Construction: C.R. Reynolds
Photographer: Craig Kuhner