Accommodating contemporary worship services, youth education, athletics, celebrations, and weekly dinners, this 15,000 square foot facility provides large, flexible spaces in an attractive yet cost-effective manner. The Ministry Activities Center strikes a delicate balance, reinforcing the campus’ existing architectural vocabulary while providing a fresh aesthetic indicative of the facility’s youth-oriented mission. The form is essentially a “bar” and a “box.” The bar is scaled to complement the existing buildings, frame a courtyard, and camouflage the basic box housing the large multipurpose space. The bar’s dramatic double-height lobby acts as a beacon and a welcoming presence. To create these forms, McKinney York used a hybrid structural system blending inexpensive standardized metal building components with exposed structural steel. The result is refined and affordable.
Sustainability: high-efficiency HVAC systems incorporating enthalpy recovery ventilation; energy-efficient windows, appliances, and lighting with occupancy-sensing controls; high recycled content materials; low-VOC interior finishes; native and adapted low-water use plant species.