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WFX 2011 Solomon Award Contenders

Winners to be announced at WFX Dallas, November 9-11, 2011

The Solomon Awards, presented by Church Production Magazine and Worship Facilities Magazine, is the leading annual national award recognizing church building design across the full spectrum of church sizes and styles. 2011 nominees are as follows:

Building Contractor

Athens Church

Athens, Ga.

www.athenschurch.com

Cogun Inc.

Cogun provided Athens Church with a ministry-driven facility—renovating a former Walmart into a 1,200-seat worship center with kids’ ministry space and a café.

Highland Park United Methodist Church Modification

Highland Park, Texas

http://www.hpumc.org

Julian P. Barry General Contractor

A sanctuary built in 1927 was modified to accommodate a $4.2 million pipe organ and restore the structure’s original architectural beauty.

Phase IV Campus Master Plan

Christ United Methodist Church, Plano, Texas

http://www.cumc.com

Rentenbach Constructors Inc.

CUMC turned to Rentenbach Constructors to help complete the vision for their campus, with the first LEED-certified worship center in Texas.

Word of Life Church

Flowood, Miss.

http://www.thelife.cc

Churches by Daniels

Word of Life now has 800 theater seats in a state-of-the-art sanctuary, as well as a café with a three-sided fireplace, a patio, and youth and children’s spaces.

Building Administration

Word of Life Church

Flowood, Miss.

www.thelife.cc

Churches by Daniels

Word of Life now has 800 theater seats in a state-of-the-art sanctuary, as well as a café with a three-sided fireplace, a patio, and youth and children’s spaces.

Church Architect (1-800 seats)

Stapleton Fellowship Church

Denver

http://www.stapletonchurch.com

Visioneering Studios

Denver’s former international airport was redeveloped into the New Urban community of Stapleton, complete with a renovated airplane hangar serving as the community church.

Woodstock Community Church

Woodstock, Ga.

www.wcchurch.org

Tunnell-Spangler-Walsh & Associates

TSW Architects designed a 19,000-square-foot facility, focusing on small, intimate gathering spaces and a fresh, modern design style.

Church Architect (801+ seats)

Connection Center

Brentwood Baptist Church, Brentwood, Tenn.

www.brentwoodbaptist.com

HH Architects

HH Architects has partnered with the church for the past 12 years and six phases of development to transform a 60-acre Greenfield site into a campus.

TriArch Architecture/DL & Associates

Word of Life, Flowood, Miss.

www.thelife.cc

TriArch Architecture/DL & Associates

A 45,000-square-foot facility was designed to give members a place to celebrate intersections.

Worship Center

Trinity Fellowship Church, Amarillo, Texas

www.yourtrinity.org

HH Architects

HH Architects developed a unique facility for Trinity’s weekend experience, developing a 360-degree, in-the-round worship center with 4,000 seats.

Church Design Expansion (1-800 seats)

Addition/Renovations

Chestnut Grove Baptist Church, Athens, Ga.

www.chestnutgrovechurch.org

GJS Architects LLC

GJS Architects designed additions to the existing building, maintaining the intimate character of the campus and its historical schoolhouse.

Building D

Austin Ridge Bible Church, Austin, Texas

www.austinridge.org

Austin Ridge Bible Church

The church constructed a second, smaller worship venue, adopting a multi-site church model with a live sermon video feed.

Education Building

Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, Cypress, Texas

www.goodchurch.us

TurnerDuran Architects LP

TurnerDuran teamed with Good Shepherd United Methodist Church to design a new two-story, 31,700-square-foot education building.

Phase II Expansion

Christ’s Church of the Valley, Surprise, Ariz.

www.ccvonline.com

Trent Renner, Senior Pastor

Located in a sparse desert suburb, CCV’s staff and senior pastor, Trent Renner, sought out a structure of perceived architectural evangelism.

Church Design Expansion (801+ seats)

Aspen Expansion

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Naperville, Ill.

www.goodshepherd-naperville.org

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Good Shepherd now attracts the unchurched by creating a third place café and lobby that connects its multiple worship venues.

Kidz World Remodel

Word of Life Center, Shreveport, La.

www.wordoflifecenter.org

Word of Life Ministries

The church wanted to build more than just a building to house children’s ministries; it wanted to build a world for kids.

Church Design New Project (1-800 seats)

Hazell Dell Children’s Ministry

Carmel, Ind.

www.hdchristian.org

Hazel Dell Christian Church

The ministry’s goal is to keep kids excited about church by creating a place where they feel welcome, secure, and have fun.

Woodstock Community Church

Woodstock, Ga.

www.wcchurch.org

Tunnell-Spangler-Walsh & Associates

The 19,000-square-foot church emphasizes community outreach and intimacy over grandness.

Church Design New Project (801-2,000 seats)

Elevation Church – Blakeney

Elevation Church, Matthews, S.C.

www.elevationchurch.org

LS3P?Neal Prince

Elevation Blakeney is an example of a church in a mixed-use development, where the building does not look like a church and blends in with the surrounding buildings.

Mission Hills Church

Littleton, Colo.

www.missionhills.org

Lee Architects

With the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, the church’s new facility sits in full view of a major highway in the area.

New Sanctuary

Word of Life Tabernacle, High Point, N.C.

www.wordoflife.tv

Word of Life Tabernacle

With construction of a new 33,000-square-foot sanctuary and new technology for image magnification (IMAG), the church more than doubles its worship center.

Relocation Project

Copper Pointe Church, Albuquerque, N.M.

http://www.copperpointechurch.com

Copper Pointe Church

The church bought existing warehouse space and teamed with WAVE Group to make it one of the premier auditoriums in the city.

TriArch/D-L & Associates

Word of Life Church, Flowood, Miss.

http://www.thelife.cc

TriArch Architecture/D-L & Associates

The church built a 45,000-square-foot facility designed to give members a place to celebrate “intersections.”

Worship Center

Lancaster, Pa.

http://www.worshipcenter.org

Worship Center

A 10-year dream culminated into a 106,000-square-foot building with an AVL-intensive auditorium to help people discover and experience God.

Church Design New Project (2,001+ seats)

Northeast Christian Church

Louisville, Ky.

www.necchurch.org

Visioneering Studios

NECC brought in Visioneering to help complete the build-out of its campus with a new master plan and design for a larger worship center.

Northwest Campus

Eastern Star Church, Indianapolis

www.EasternStarChurch.org

Eastern Star Church

The church’s Northwest campus now has a 118,000-square-foot facility dedicated to changing lives and saving souls.

Watermark Community Church

Dallas

www.watermark.org

Watermark Community Church

Phase III of the campus master plan includes multiple venues to further support the church’s vision—with integrity, authenticity, warmth, and simplicity.

Church Design Renovation (1-800 seats)

Network Upgrade

Oakridge Missionary Baptist, Kansas City, Kan.

http://www.oakridgembckck.org

Oakridge Missionary Baptist

A managed network system and a new church network allowed the church to serve its congregation in a safe, effective environment.

Stapleton Fellowship Church

Stapleton Fellowship Church, Denver

http://www.stapletonchurch.com

Visioneering Studios

An airport hangar in Denver’s former international airport was redeveloped into a church in the New Urban community of Stapleton.

The Chapel at First Methodist

First Methodist Mansfield, Mansfield, Texas

http://www.firstmethodistmansfield.org

First Methodist Mansfield

The church’s original sanctuary, built in 1980, is now a chapel, with space converted into education rooms and offices.

Church Design Renovation (801+ seats)

Flatirons Community Church

Lafayette, Colo.

http://www.flatironschurch.com

Lee Architects

A new 160,000-square-foot facility is helping the church accommodate the rapid growth of a young congregation.

Legacy Church – East Campus

Legacy Church, Albuquerque, N.M.

http://www.legacychurchnm.com

Legacy Church

The church opened its third campus after remodeling a space, working with an IPD-type process. Messenger Media provided project AVL consulting.

Renovation for Athens Church

Athens Church, Athens, Ga.

http://www.athenschurch.com

LS3P?Neal Prince

The church purchased an abandoned big box in a well-travelled area of its community and performed a retrofit under the design guidance of LS3P?Neal Prince.

West Side Christian Church

West Side Christian Church, Springfield, Ill.

http://www.wschurch.org

Aspen Group

The church of roughly 2,200, dating back 110 years, relocated in 1996 to a 47-acre campus—remodeled to achieve a warm, inviting space for guests and members.

Construction Management Expansion

Winter Haven Worship Center

Winter Haven, Fla.

www.whwc.org

Churches by Daniels

An old and new building were tied together so the original building looks like part of the master plan.

World Outreach Center

Tulsa, Okla.

http://www.woctulsa.org

Churches by Daniels

Churches by Daniels completed a 25,000-square-foot addition and partial remodel, adding 500 removable seats to the sanctuary for enhanced fellowship opportunities.

Construction Management New Project

Living Word Family Church

Naples, Fla.

http://www.napleschurch.com

Churches by Daniels

The church moved from a rented building into a facility designed with a “Tommy Bahama” motif—adding an AVL-intensive sanctuary, a café, and other gathering space.

Upper Valley Community Church Worship Center and Foyer

Upper Valley Community Church, Piqua, Ohio

http://www.uvcc.org

M2 Construction Management

M2 Construction Management helped the church employ a new, cost-saving approach in the construction of a 15,500-square-foot worship center and foyer.

Word of Life Church

Flowood, Miss.

http://www.thelife.cc

Churches by Daniels

Word of Life now has 800 theater seats for members and visitors, along with a state-of-the-art sanctuary and enhanced gathering space.

Construction Management Renovation

FUMC Gainesville – Restoration

First United Methodist Church, Gainesville, Texas

http://www.fumcgainesville.com

Julian P. Barry General Contractor

The 1892 landmark had an unstable bell tower and other challenges in renovation, yet now it’s restored to its original beauty and functionality.

Munger Place Renovation

Munger Place Church, Dallas

http://www.mungerplace.org

Julian P. Barry General Contractor

Built in 1925 Munger Place was restored by JPB in 90 days with aid from nearby Highland Park United Methodist church.

Design, Installation and Operation of an Audio, Video and Lighting System (1-800 seats)

Laguna Presbyterian Church

Laguna Beach, Calif.

http://www.lagunapreschurch.org

Meyer Sound Laboratories

Installation of a Meyer Sound Constellation acoustic system and a separate Meyer Sound audio reinforcement helped solve persistent problems with sound and acoustics.

Upper Valley Community Church Worship Center and Foyer

Upper Valley Community Church, Piqua, Ohio

http://www.uvcc.org

Tom Rutledge, Worship Resources

UVCC researched, designed, and installed the AVL systems for its new 15,500-square-foot worship center and foyer.

Design, Installation and Operation of an Audio, Video and Lighting System (801-2,000 seats)

Copper Pointe Church

Albuquerque, N.M.

http://www.copperpointechurch.com

WAVE Group

Wave Group designed all AVL systems building-wide, helping the church integrate multiple auditoriums.

Manheim BIC

Manheim, Pa.

http://www.manheimbic.org

AE Global Media

The church gained top-quality AVL with a master plan for the future, without breaking its budget.

New FLC and Worship Center

Arlington Baptist Church, Charlotte, N.C.

http://www.arlingtonchurch.com

A Sound Experience

A progressive church on a budget employed a new digital console and other AVL upgrades to ramp up its productions and achieve sound in its foyer area.

Steele Creek Church of Charlotte

Charlotte, N.C.

http://www.steelecreek.org

Steele Creek Church of Charlotte

A new sanctuary design and AVL upgrades help communicate the church’s commitment to scripture, worship, community, and multi-ethnicity.

Design, Installation and Operation of an Audio, Video and Lighting System (2,001+ seats)

Abounding Life COGIC

Posen, Ill.

http://www.aboundinglifecogic.org

AE Global Media

Located on the south side of Chicago, the church relies heavily on campus AVL systems to help reinforce live music (and worship albums) for people around the world.

Elevation Baptist Church

Raleigh, N.C.

http://www.elevationbaptist.org

AE Global Media

AE Global Media designed AVL and acoustic systems to reinforce dynamic, flexible worship in the church’s 3,800-seat worship venue.

Gateway Church Tech Arts

Gateway Church, Southlake, Texas

http://www.gatewaypeople.com

Gateway Church

The church opened a new 4,000-seat facility with fully integrated AVL and staging, with help from Dallas-area Acoustic Dimensions.

Mankin Media Systems

Palm Valley Church, Mission, Texas

http://www.palmvalleychurch.com

Palm Valley Church

Mankin Media Systems designed and deployed AVL systems to help the church operate its worship services smoothly and reach thousands each week.

Pinelake Church

Brandon, Miss.

http://www.pinelake.org

Clark

Using the latest streaming technology, Clark designed a system to stream two sync’d video feeds (HD and SD) from one Pinelake campus to another 100 miles away.

Worship Center

Lancaster, Pa.

http://www.worshipcenter.org

AE Global Media

AE Global Media began its Master Planning Process making sure to cover the needs of the future while sketching up the concept of one large screen center stage.

Green Initiative

Unseen Green w/EMS&Events2HVAC

Savannah Christian Church, Savannah, Ga.

http://www.savannahchristian.com

Dean Evans & Associates Inc.

The church’s needs went beyond its room scheduling software, so its HVAC system was integrated in to existing software for a complete solution.

Worship Center

Christ United Methodist Church, Plano, Texas

http://www.cumc.com

HH Architects

HH Architects has partnered with CUMC for 14+ years on its campus development—the first Methodist church in Texas to achieve LEED Silver certification.

Innovative Production

A Christmas Carol

Gateway Church, Southlake, Texas

http://www.gatewaypeople.com

Gateway Church

Gateway’s 2010 production—using ZFX Flying Effects, a 100-person cast, and an Illusionist console—drew 20,000 people.

Easter Sunday @ 5

First Methodist Mansfield, Mansfield, Texas

http://www.firstmethodistmansfield.org

First Methodist Mansfield

The church offered this new service to help with the overflow of six other Easter services.

New Media Usage

* Facility 3D Virtual Tour, True North Church, North Augusta, S.C., Creative Animation Studios

* Grow Pray Study, First Methodist Mansfield, Mansfield, Texas, First Methodist Mansfield

Special Project or Initiative

3 Mile Project

3 Mile Project Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich.

http://www.3mileproject.com

Elevate Studio

The project is a nondenominational ministry center for youth ages 5th grade through 12th—a spiritual haven for recreation and social engagement.

Gateway Church: Pink Impact

Gateway Church, Southlake, Texas

http://www.pinkimpact.com

Pink Impact Conference

This women’s ministry conference offers guest speakers, energizing content, and a high degree of technical production precision.

Greensboro Symphony Pops at Westover Church

Westover Church, Greensboro, N.C.

http://www.westoverchurch.com

Westover Church

For the past four years, Westover Church has hosted the Greensboro Symphony Pops concerts for its local community.

Tech Contractor or Consultant

Mankin Media Systems

Palm Valley Church, Mission, Texas

http://www.palmvalleychurch.com

Palm Valley Church

Mankin Media Systems implemented its 3D process—dream, design, deploy—to discover the church’s vision for a new building and AVL implementation.

New Southlake Campus

Gateway Church, Southlake, Texas

http://www.gatewaypeople.com

Pro Sound & Video

Pro Sound & Video installed an extensive AVL system in a new 200,000-square-foot facility at the nation’s 21st largest church.

Remodel Campus and Facilities

First Presbyterian Church, Florence, S.C.

http://www.FlorenceFirst.org

ComperioC3

The company reviewed and revised a plan for the growth of the church, providing pros and cons for a future building project.

Technical Direction

Crosspoint Church

Crosspoint Church, Nashville, Tenn.

http://www.crosspoint.tv

Clark

Despite facility constraints and budget limitations, TD Matt Singleton successfully directs the growing church’s worship experience and storytelling capabilities each week.

David Leuschner-TD (Executive Director?TA)

Gateway Church, Southlake, Texas

http://www.gatewaypeople.com

David Leuschner, Gateway Church

The technical director position at Gateway consists of managing three campuses of 19,400 members with 12 weekend worship services.

Technical Production Team

Technical Production

First Methodist Mansfield, Mansfield, Texas

www.firstmethodistmansfield.org

First Methodist Mansfield Digital Worship Team

The Digital Worship team at FMM, lead by Creative Director Brian Certain, serves 12 services each week with countless special services and productions.

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