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Church Gets New Campus Through Adaptive Reuse of Vacant Shopping Mall

Church Gets New Campus Through Adaptive Reuse of Vacant Shopping Mall

Southland Christian Church in Lexington, Ky., hired local EOP Architects to both renovate an abandoned 84,000-square-foot shopping center and create an addition for a 49,000-square-foot worship space. The mall location opened its doors earlier this year, on Jan. 5, 2013.

From EOP's website, the architecture firm reports: "A unique client's vision and openness to abstract symbolism provided EOP Architects the opportunity to transform a long vacant and neglected retail mall into an energized campus with a newfound purpose. Southland Christian Church requested a contemporary, iconic design that would be welcoming, inspirational and transformational.

The LED-lighted sun screen that drapes the exterior of the educational center symbolizes a contemporary stained glass window and the slanted colonnade composition that defines the worship center's exterior is a modern interpretation of the crucifixion. Additional design metaphors include references to the heavens through a pattern of recessed light niches and angular wall planes representing mountains.

The 140,000-square-foot space that formerly housed a large regional department store has been renovated into educational spaces. Adjacent to the educational spaces, a 49,000-square-foot addition houses the 2,800-seat worship center with state-of-the-art audiovisual technology [designed by Michael Garrison Associates (MGA) of Fresno, Calif.].

The educational spaces and worship center are joined by Connection Point, marked by a large, asymmetrical polygon with a nautical symbolism. At Connection Point, there is a large café for pre- and post-functions as well as an information desk where visitors' questions are answered.

In addition to the building renovation and addition, the project includes the redevelopment of the 30-acre campus. The site plan includes a formal plaza and parking for 1,800 vehicles."

Watch Worship Facilities' sister publication, DESIGNER (www.wfdesigner.com), for a Summer issue exclusive report on the sustainable creation, thinking and teamwork behind Southland Christian Church's new campus.

www.southlandchristian.org; www.eopa.com; www.mga.us.com

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