Milestone Church creates an oasis for community and worship at their Keller, Texas campus relocation with a stunning new facility.
Rachel Dawn Hayes · December 29, 2017
“This has been an incredible amenity that allows us to serve the active families in the surrounding neighborhoods,” says Pelletier.
PROJECT DUE DILIGENCE
Goff Companies, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, started working with Milestone Church in November of 2012, to help develop a strategic plan for the church’s expansion after Milestone’s tremendous attendance growth saturated their existing church facility.
Tanner Goff, president of Goff Companies recalls, “They [Milestone] understood the facility was at the heart of the matter of slowing attendance growth, but their next step to correct the situation was unclear. In January 2013, we came alongside Milestone and completed our proprietary STEP 1 process to access facility expansion (S.A.F.E.). Our assessed recommendation was to relocate. They had no additional space for worship seats, no space for children, and no available parking spaces. And more importantly, no land was available for purchase directly adjacent to the existing facility.”
Goff Companies assisted Milestone’s lead pastor Jeff Little who’s vision was to stay within Keller’s city limits. Milestone Church and Goff Companies continued their partnership with the goal of finding a tract of land large enough to accommodate church growth well into the future. A 53-acre parcel, owned by a residential developer, was located.
Goff explains, “It was entangled in many land entitlement, oil, gas and future permitting issues. After 10 months of hard negotiations with the developer, city and financial lenders, we were successful in eliminating all obstacles. Construction started in December 1, 2015 with a contract completion date of May 25, 2017. We made a massive push to obtain building occupancy for Easter weekend. The first service was scheduled as a soft opening on Thursday, April 13, 2017 with multiple services schedule for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Attendees were overwhelmed with emotion during the services—it was a great celebration and Easter for Milestone Church.”
Defined by Community
The trail heavily influenced the orientation of Milestone’s building and is visible and accessible from the 11,000 square-foot commons area that includes a coffee shop and café seating, outdoor terrace and an indoor playscape for kids.
The outdoor seating creates a park-like environment, and inside is much more than a self-serve coffee bar.
“This is a sizable coffee service center, not just a station,” says Emily Mendez, interior designer with GFF. “We wanted the ability for this [space] to grow and be a real third place.”
The café is furnished with high-top tables, a large picnic style common table, and a variety of soft seating arrangements all within view of the children’s check-in and Playzone, the indoor playscape that is open to the public and used by families before and after worship services.
“One thing we’re interested in promoting is family gathering spaces. We want to integrate adult and kid spaces inside and out—places for kid play, youth and adults—a large shared environment,” says Pickard.
The commons can serve as large event space and is equipped to accommodate catering service, too. “It’s a very multiuse space,” says Mendez.