Experience Life in Lubbock, Texas, has experienced phenomenal growth since opening its doors just over three years ago. Since 2008, the church has grown from 300 to more than 3,000 and is continuing to grow at a rate of nearly 1,000 people per year, maxing out its rented Sports Plex Facilities where it held five services each weekend by transforming the skating rink into a 900-seat worship center.
Upon securing 20+ acres in the southwest part of the city, Experience Life was set to begin developing plans for a “greenfield” site when it was presented with a unique opportunity to purchase an existing facility in downtown Lubbock. Uncertain which direction to take, the church reportedly turned to Dallas-based HH Architects to engage in strategic positioning services to perform scenario analysis of multiple “what ifs” to look at key factors, including people, space, time, and money.
Through this interactive work session, the church was able to see how retrofitting an existing abandoned bus station in the downtown area into a satellite campus, while continuing to rent the Sports Plex Facilities, would provide for a more immediate impact for future growth and better stewardship of financial resources prior to developing the “greenfield” site. With an overall direction set, HH Architects reports utilizing an integrated team process centered on Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology to develop architectural documents for the retrofitting and expansion of the existing 18,000-square-foot bus station into a satellite campus. The new space, with its worship center, education and administrative components, opened in early July.