St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church currently operates as two distinct buildings – a sanctuary and a separate educational building. This improvement project will integrate the two buildings into one seamless experience for the congregation. The proposed design adds an entry addition and renovates critical constricting elements in the existing buildings to result in one unified building.
The proposed three-story addition will improve two significant bottlenecks in the buildings, which currently curtail congregation and conversation before and after services. Replacing an undersized small side entry vestibule into the sanctuary, the proposed design creates new front and rear entries. Both new entries offer handicapped accessible pathways from the two different exterior grade elevations, to the three floor levels in the existing buildings. A visually open interior environment beckons those entering from either the front or from the lower rear entry into the proposed Welcome Center. This spacious gathering space replaces the existing narrow corridor connecting the two buildings. Entry stairs, an elevator, and handicapped accessible toilets are proposed in close proximity to the sanctuary and education building meeting rooms. The Welcome Center creates a relaxed, casual seating and a coffee bar to encourage interaction and creates stronger community.
Future phases of construction will include improvements to lighting, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, new renewable energy systems, and improved kitchen facilities in the existing education building.
Renovated Areas – 1,330 sf
Additions – 3,740 sf
Anticipated construction start – Summer 2016