2017 Solomon Awards

Design & Construction

Cafe and Restaurant Curb Appeal at Grace Place

When Grace Place's founder began dreaming about a new facility, he wanted to design a gathering place that could be utilized by everyone, not just those who belong to the faith-based community.

WFM Staff  ·  January 26, 2017

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Grace Place was founded by Clay Peck, with a mission to reach out to the ‘burned, bored and bypassed.’ After renting various facilities for their first five years, they finally took the leap in purchasing their own space along main street in downtown Berthoud, Colorado.

New Campus Construction Design - Grace Place)

Berthoud, Colorado
Project Size: 1-300 seats
Completion Date:October 4, 2015

But rather than becoming lost in the fabric and noise of the city center, Grace Place opened Trailhead Café as an outreach initiative and restaurant venue in front of its 300-seat auditorium. In addition, they acquired two adjacent buildings to host children and youth, serving to further embed the church into the downtown area. Unfortunately, however, space and parking restraints quickly became a burden, limiting Grace Place’s potential influence.

In light of these challenges, Clay decided to purchase 19 acres of land at the city’s new center of gravity— the U.S. Route 287 and Highway 56 interchange. But rather than planning a simple ‘campus relocation,’ Clay dreamt of a regional gathering place called Cross Creek Commons, a facility to be utilized by everyone in the area (not just those who belong to the faith-based community).

Cross Creek Commons was developed for $10 million, including the cost of the land. This expense was covered with the help of $4 million raised by the congregation, $1 million from selling their existing buildings, and a loan for the remaining $5 million. Grace Place has since seen an increase in attendance from 700 to nearly 1,800 people per weekend.

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