Abundant Life Baptist Church sought a new youth building to accommodate a rapidly growing congregation of future leaders. The facility would serve ministry groups, community outreach programs, and large-scale worship sessions, among other programming. Valuable community input, adherence to city code requirements and sensitivity to the surrounding residential neighborhood were taken into consideration during the design process, and contributed to the end product.
Our team was challenged to create a youthful, engaging and flexible space able to serve both individual, as well as group worship. Following a number of outreach initiatives in collaboration with the congregation, major priorities and values were determined. From that point, IAA was able to refine and expand upon original program requests. Ultimately, our team delivered a vibrant and highly-functional youth building reflecting Abundant Life’s original vision. The space is defined by a cool, modern aesthetic. It includes a 500-seat worship hall - equipped with professional A/V and lighting, as well as lounge areas, a game room, computer stations, offices, classrooms and café. The lobby area, directly outside the worship hall, can accommodate another 200 guests for larger events, or stand on its own as a place to host gatherings. The exterior was designed with the intention of future expansion, as well as not to disturb surrounding neighborhoods.