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First Colony Church of Christ in Texas Begins Expansion with Turner Partners Architecture

Construction has begun for the expansion of the First Colony Church of Christ in Sugar Land, Texas. Since its doors opened, First Colony Church of Christ has played an important role in the spiritual and educational life of the greater Houston community.

In 2006, Turner Partners Architecture began working with First Colony Church of Christ on this next phase, a substantial addition focused on a major new Worship Center. The project included site master planning and construction of a new 24,000-square-foot, 1,100-seat auditorium. The program called for a main sanctuary and gathering hall to be seamlessly linked to the existing building, as well as support facilities including a large multi-purpose room, choir rehearsal space and a 145-foot bell tower as the focal point for the campus. Just as the tower is the symbolic marker of the church on campus, the entry courtyard is the symbolic welcoming center of the spiritual community.

The new building embraces the original architecture as the primary focus for campus orientation and circulation. The addition is reached through the grand entrance of the old building. Exterior materials were selected to harmonize with the brick and stone cladding of the existing facility with simple and elegant materials and details. Additionally, the new facility utilizes modern technology to provide state of the art video projection and sound system for contemporary worship services.

The expected date of completion is set for December 2008. Fretz Construction is the general contractor for the project.

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