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Adaptive Reuse: High Impact Outreach with Sportsplex and Events Center

A dynamic faith community reclaims a former manufacturing space to create community commons and a new sportsplex and events center.

Community Christian Church, a dynamic, growing faith community whose mission is “helping people find their way back to God,” launched its tenth multisite location in the Chicagoland area in 2016. Recognizing the need for an innovative space in Plainfield, Illinois, where people could connect and the community could embrace its love for athletics, Community Christian Church-Plainfield embarked on a complete renovation of a former manufacturing plant with the help of Church Design Builder, Aspen Group .

Called "Community Commons," this adaptive reuse project included converting approximately 47,000 square feet of former office and manufacturing space into high-impact ministry space for the church, and 45,000 square feet for a state-of-the-art Sportsplex and Events center.

An open lobby welcomes new guests and provides clear wayfinding to every area of the expansive building, including a brand new 900-seat auditorium, a safe and secure children’s area, and a hub-style theater for large-group youth ministry gatherings.
Community Sportsplex:
Connected to the church and other ministy spaces within the Community Commons multi-tenant building lies the state-of-the-art Sportsplex and Event Center. This unique two-story, 45,000 square foot Sportsplex features six volleyball courts, four basketball courts, a multispurpose flex sports area, plus studios for yoga, dance, music lessons, and performances. 

In addition, the complex redefines the experience of participating in and watching youth sports through its connecting and relaxation area called The Commons. Equipped with soft seating, work areas, large video displays, and free Wi-Fi, this space offers parents and guests a place to relax and work, while their athletes participate in practice and learning sessions with the professional teaching staff of Breakaway Basketball, powered by Under Armour.

Project Details:

Church Renovation:
Renovation: 47,000 sq. ft.
900-seat auditorium
New commons connecting space
Safe, secure children’s area
Hub-style youth ministry theater

Community Sportsplex:
Renovation: 45,000 sq. ft.
4 basketball courts
6 volleyball courts
Multipurpose flex sports area
Connor maple floors
Porter athletic equipment


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