Recently Darden Architects had the opportunity to work on a very special local project for CrossCity Christian Church. The new Student Center building will serve the growing “Youth 330>” for Jr. High and High School aged kids. The following excerpt is from the CrossCity Youth 330> website: “330 is the student ministry of CrossCity Christian Church. We exist for one purpose, to make Jesus greater, and for us to become less. The idea comes from John 3:30, which is why we call ourselves 330.”
5 years ago Darden architects was retained by CrossCity Christian Church (formerly Northside) for a series of planning and design projects. The effort began with the completion of a master plan for the campus. This included meetings with staff and church elders as well as comprehensive growth planning for the site. The first project to be come out of this planning effort was the recently completed Preschool Administration office remodel. The scope of this work was modest, but has provided for the efficient operation of the Preschool program.
This new 2-story Youth Building is approximately 10,922 SF and includes a roof deck for gathering and events. Design integrates the message of the youth programs taken from the bible verse John 3:30 “He must become greater; I must become less.” The color scheme and furniture selections provide for varied programs and age groups to utilize the building. Now that the New Youth Building is constructed and complete, the current youth building will be remodeled to house the General Church Administrative office, who are currently in portable trailers, per the Master Plan.
The roof deck is well suited for evening events
The mezzanine in the main sanctuary overlooks the stage and includes soft seating for small gatherings and study or prayer.
This project was a Design-Build with Christensen Construction. Through the progress we learned how important for all parties to be actively involved throughout in order to effectively manage design-build projects. This starts with selecting a team that has experience with this project type and works well together. The goals and expectations for the project should be clearly defined from the outset. Regular planning and progress meetings should be conducted to evaluate project risks and devise ways to manage project challenges.
Big thanks to the leadership and congregation at CrossCity Church, as well as our partners at Christensen Construction for the opportunity to work on this amazing project. We are looking forward to see what a well-suited venue this will be for youth worship!
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