2017 Solomon Awards

Design & Construction

A Church Without Walls

A church without walls. Calvary Baptist serves as a multisite venue and is a gift to the community by providing engaging indoor gathering spaces and outdoor park and recreation amenities.

WFM Staff  ·  June 20, 2017

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Calvary Baptist Church had been serving the State College area and their young college population as a multi-site church with limited rented or outdated facilities.  Fortunately through an unusual set of circumstances and the vision of a local Christian businessman they had been blessed with a 100-acre property and wanted to leverage this beautiful mountainside location as a gift to the community.

New Campus Design (Calvary Baptist Church)

St. College, Pennsylvania
Project Size: 301+800 seats
Completion Date:October 4, 2015

Pastor Dan Nold’s vision was to create a “church without walls” that is all about going beyond their walls in relationships by connecting people with Christ, with each other, and with the world around them.

To achieve this Visioneering was brought in by the church to envision a master plan that stewards the natural beauty and the available acreage to create buildings and exterior environments that interact with each other and that invite the community to come and experience them. 

Whether it is fishing in one of the ponds on site, exploring the acres of wooded trails, playing soccer on the regulation-sized field, spending time in a prayer cottage, holding meetings in the lodge, relaxing with coffee from the café while the kids play in the indoor playland, or having a wedding in the glass-enclosed atrium that blurs the visual lines of indoor and outdoor space, Calvary wanted the entire site to be designed and used as a community amenity. 

The first phase facility includes:  a 600-seat worship center that is expandable in the future to 1,500 seats; a themed children’s wing for birth through fifth grade that includes a group room, breakout rooms, and an indoor playland,; a youth/community room; a café; and a spacious atrium lobby that serves as the circulation hub for both this phase and future additions.

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