Key Design Challenge After substantial growth and the acquisition of additional property, the church needed to know how large their facility could become and in which direction they should expand. Manchester Road borders one side and a residential community surrounded the remaining sides. Being landlocked, it was unclear whether the church should continue to invest in their future at this location. M+H helped them meet their challenge.
Solution to the Challenge To maximize the site and understand needs for future growth, our study facilitated a balance between seats in the sanctuary, parking spaces and required support spaces. Key areas for expansion were defined, along with a clear understanding of needed support spaces. The maximum growth was determined mathematically and then, with that approval, solutions were developed to complete the building-out of the entire site. Today's expansions were then determined from the master plan that will meet their needs. Planning and dialogue with the Church Committee yielded a course for the future that allowed Ballwin Baptist Church to build, as a confident step in their growth. The expansion added 14,000 SF on two levels and involved relocation of about 60 parking spaces.
Whether it’s worship, educational or social spaces, M+H Architects understands the expectations and constraints unique to religious institutions and works hand in hand with them to build a spiritually uplifting environment, respective of quality and budget requirements.
Building programs for religious institutions require efficient management of multiple tasks from programming to project completion. M+H has worked on many successful projects including the First Baptist Church of Lake Saint Louis, the Church of the Immacolata, First Christian Church in Washington, St. John Lutheran Church, Ballwin Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Arnold.
Our senior project managers have a significant amount of experience with worship spaces and church projects that provide a solid foundation of proven professionals ready to listen, challenge and follow-through with every detail.