Bible Center Church Master Plan

When Bible Center outgrew its existing campus, a 96 acre parcel was purchased for the multi-phased relocation of the worship services, administration, daycare, preschool, and private elementary school functions. Having selected such a picturesque, natural setting, the primary concept of the church leadership and design team was to develop a campus intimately connected to nature and reflective of the culture of West Virginia. A design solution was sought that could foster a welcoming spirit where people feel drawn, comfortable, and open to the message and ministries of the church while developing strong personal connections through fellowship.

Phase 1 of the campus master plan includes a 1,200 seat interim worship space conducive to a range of worship styles and settings. Flexibility drove the functional characteristics of the room, which will ultimately serve as a multipurpose fellowship hall for dramatic presentations, receptions, and dinners after the Phase 3 Sanctuary is constructed. The design of the interim worship space centers on a richly detailed wood stage and stone veneer baptistery flanked by large rear projection video screens and framed by expansive windows open to the undisturbed natural woodlands of the site.

Phase 2 of the Bible Center Church campus master plan includes relocation of the administration, counseling center, recreation space, and all school functions to the Southridge Campus. This new, 93,000 square foot K-8 school will feature state-of-the-art classrooms, media/technology rooms, cafeteria & dining hall, a multipurpose gymnasium, and administrative offices. With an estimated construction cost of $14.8 million, the Bible Center K-8 School will provide an exceptional educational setting for its students.

Phase 3 will include a new, 2,500-seat permanent sanctuary and chapel.

The project was a planning collaboration with CDH Partners, a national leader in church planning and design based out of Marietta, Georgia.

Client

Bible Center Church

Location

Charleston, WV

Size

96 acres (site)

Scope

Master Planning

Category

Worship