2017 Solomon Awards

Design & Construction

Going Vertical with Church Design

The six-story tall glass-enclosed entrance, looming over the entire church complex, commands presence along the freeway and in nearby neighborhoods, and greets congregants and visitors alike to this multi-building campus in a booming part of the metropolitan Houston region.

WFM Staff  ·  March 16, 2017

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Situated against the busy Northwest Freeway outside of Houston, the growing congregation at Good Shepherd UMC took another step in the completion of their long range master plan with the addition of this striking new Worship Center.

The latest project for this growing congregation west of Houston is a 41,003 square foot, 1,200 seat auditorium-style sanctuary in a theater-type space featuring terraced seating, an expansive stage including space for choir and praise team, superior acoustical performance, and state-of-the-art sound and audio-visual systems.

Sanctuary Construction (Good Shepherd United Methodist Church)

Cypress, Texas
Project Size: 801-2000 seats
Completion Date: October 9, 2015

Among the challenges faced by the design team were not only the need for visual prominence, but also a site size that had been outgrown by the needs of the church. The original master plan envisioned the Worship Center in this particular location on the property, but growth forced the addition of offices, classrooms, and nursery spaces to the scope of the project.

As a result, an auditorium-style worship space was wrapped on two sides by the ancillary spaces. However, this provided the opportunity to go vertical with the structure, and to emphasize the curvilinear shape of the space on the exterior architectural expression.

The bright, expansive lobby that sweeps around the building takes its form from the terraced seating configuration that sits above.

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