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CrossPoint Church of Christ Builds a Home

CrossPoint Church of Christ Builds a Home

CMA Creates Solomon Award Winning Design

For years, CrossPoint Church of Christ in Grand Prairie, Texas (formerly Turnpike Church of Christ) was a church without a permanent space.

First, for three years, it rented space at Ruthe Jackson Center, a nearby event facility, with its administrative offices taking up residence under a small storefront lease. Then, it shared space with another church.

Finally, CrossPoint Church of Christ was blessed with a home of its own. It moved into its new space in April of 2012, with an inaugural worship service on Easter. Architectural firm CMA created the master plan for the CrossPoint Church of Christ facility. It addressed all of the church's requirements, including site access, site circulation, utilities, storm water mitigation, and visibility. CrossPoint asked that their church not "look like a big box." According to CMA, "they wanted their facility to have character."

With a limited budget, however, that could be tricky. After all, building the facility under a tilt wall and single roof would have been then most economical plan but that would have looked like a box. So, CMA got creative. It did employ a "big box" built from a tilt wall, but it disguised it with surrounding smaller buildings. CMA placed the Phase One building on the nine-acre CrossPoint Church of Christ lot, positioned for good visibility and expansion. The children's space was placed to be highly visible as you approached the entrance. The lobby side is open and transparent, with a direct view to the baptistery. A tower feature and covered drop-off presents itself to the highway. The administration wing is joined by the youth's. There is no visible back of house, making for an attractive site.

For CrossPoint's brand new 18,080-square-foot church facility, CMA provided new construction, a multi-phase master plan, site planning, and interior design.

The facility boasts a 400-seat worship space, commons with custom baptistery, administrative office area, and Sunday school classrooms for preschool through high school.The main worship hall built from sound suppressing tilt wall panels. It is surrounded by shorter tilt wall panels that define the administration and the youth area. Building square footage was a challenge.

The church's youth program required more space than the budget allowed. So, CMA added outdoor spaces, including a basketball ball court as a focal point. This accommodates a variety of activities for CrossPoint's youth ministry. Today, CrossPoint uses the basketball court as an opportunity to introduce the church to many of the local youth and families.Future phases are to include a permanent worship space, adult classrooms, children's education building, and full service kitchen.

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