2013 Solomon Awards

The Worship Facilities Solomon Awards recognizes churches and their partners for excellence in facilities design, building expansion or remodeling, operation excellence, innovative use, and technical production.

2013 winners were announced at WFX in October 2013.

View all 2013 Solomon Awards Entries.

2013 Solomon Awards Winners
Building Contractor
Greystone Campus (Church of the Highlands)
The 34-acre Church of the Highlands Greystone Campus includes a 46,000-square-foot renovated office building with new 780-seat auditorium. Project contractor JOHNSONKREIS Construction took on the challenging job, maintaining a tightly monitored budget within an accelerated schedule.

Church Architect
Arena (Celebration Church)
Fast-growing Jacksonville, Florida-based Celebration Church worked with LIVE Design Group to conceive of a 77,000-square-foot project with 2,750-seat a worship arena and state-of-the-art audio, video, lighting, and acoustic design.

Church Architect
CrossPoint Church of Christ
After years of operating with no permanent space, CrossPoint Church of Christ worked with architectural firm CMA to plan, construct, and design a 18,080-square-foot, 400-seat church facility with custom baptistery, administrative office, and youth classrooms on a nine-acre site.

Church Architect
Watermark Community Church
Dallas congregation Watermark Community Church opted to engage Omniplan Architects not because of its extensive experience designed worship facilities - it didn’t have much of that - but because the firm effectively listened and creatively addressed the church’s conceptual aspirations.

Church Design
Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts (Messiah College)
Messiah College can host a range of worship and educational experiences in its new Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts. At the facility’s heart is the 778-seat Parmer Hall, which boasts a 116-seat choral terrace, a stage able to accommodate a 100 piece orchestra, and a state-of-the-art AVL system.

Church Design
Worship Center and Campus Expansion (First Baptist Dallas)
The congregation of First Baptist Church of Dallas was first established in 1868. So, when it found itself facing a new century with aging facilities, it took into consideration the aesthetics of the surrounding downtown area. It turned to The Beck Group to help create a 270,000-square-foot worship, educational, and community space.

Church Design - Renovation
Worship Center (The Hills Church of Christ)
Using a collaborative team approach, Shanks Architects lead the effort to renovate the 35-year-old Worship Center for the Hills Church of Christ. The result is a modern, flexible space that exceeds the church’s goals of excellence in design, and meets their changing needs for worship and ministry.

Construction Management
Rockwall Campus (Lake Pointe Church)
With careful pre-planning, MEDCO enabled Lake Pointe Church to continue accommodating its 10,000 weekly attendees throughout its renovation. A phased scheme, including 18 different work areas, ultimately delivered a 4,600-seat sanctuary, an enlarged stage, an expanded bookstore, a new café, updated restrooms and vestibules, and improved foyer, corridors, and fellowship areas.

Construction Management
Youth Camp (Assemblies of God)
The Sparks Youth Camp sits within a 410-acre parcel of land in Chandler, Oklahoma. The camp comfortably accommodates 1,000 campers as well as staff and adult volunteers. It features 16 modern 6,000-square-foot cabins, each with four large bunk rooms and a central commons area.

Construction Management - Expansion
Sagemont Church
Sagemont Church worked with Goff Companies to build a 118,000-square-foot expansion. The expansion includes a state-of-the-art, 2,500-seat auditorium, an adult classroom wing, a meeting space, common and hospitality areas, a library, a video recording studio, an audio studio, a bookstore, and a coffee café.

Design - Installation & Operation
Christ Lutheran Church
To continue its mission with a modern congregation, Christ Lutheran Church of Charlotte, NC decided to upgrade its audio, video, and lighting systems, add a new 1,450-seat sanctuary, and expand its youth facilities.

Facility Management
Prestonwood Baptist Church
Under the leadership of Pastor Jack Graham, the 60-person Operations Team maintains more than one million square feet and 270 acres of space between three campuses — the Plano Campus, the North Campus in Prosper, Texas, and the Dallas Campus.

Special Project or Initiative
2|42 Community Church
The Commons is an 88,000-square-foot community center open to the public seven days a week. Its amenities include an indoor soccer field, a basketball court, fitness rooms, a café and coffee house, a preschool, a three-story play structure, game rooms, a 1,200-seat auditorium and, of course, the 2|42 Community Church.

Technical Contractor or Consultant
Sanctuary Renovation (Prince of Peace Catholic Community)
Prince of Peace, a Tomball, Texas-based Catholic Church, expanded its Nave to 1,900 seats. In the process, HFP Acoustical Consultants accurately located loudspeakers, incorporated projectionsystems into the organ lofts, multi-tasked a single touch panel for computer monitor duty, provided expanded audio service, and calculated all power and conduit requirements for AV devices.

Technical Direction
Justin Firesheets (Church of the Highlands)
Justin Firesheets, production manager for the Birmingham, Alabama-based Church of the Highlands, manages three departments, 11 full-time staffers, and over 300 volunteers across nine Alabama campuses. Under his technical direction, the team executes 30 live worship services each weekend, reaching approximately 25,000 attendees.

Technical Production
Highlands Production (Church of the Highlands)
Highlands Production is responsible for the technical production of Birmingham, Alabama-based Church of the Highlands. With 11 full-time staffers and nearly 300 volunteers, Highlands Production executes 30 live worship services before an attendance totaling nearly 25,000 each week, with thousands more accessing its video-on-demand and downloading podcasts.