Over five years, Hutchinson, Ks.-based CrossPoint Church has grown from a traditional worship-style congregation in a simple church building into a very contemporary mission-minded congregation reaching out aggressively with the Gospel to the local community as well as nine surrounding communities. Its membership has grown from 250 to 2,000 worshippers.
With that grown, CrossPoint Church needed a new facility. To accommodate its growing congregation, it was holding six live worship services and nine satellite services each weekend. Fuqua Construction searched with church leadership for a larger facility to condense the six Hutchinson services into three.
Max Fuqua, owner of Fuqua Construction, spent two years working with congregation leaders searching for a location in Hutchinson for a 1,000-seat space for the church. Fuqua became aware that the local bowling alley was for sale and contacted church leaders, encouraging them to consider it.
The bowling alley provided a prime location, space for parking, and the building shell for an expansion vision. The location was ideal but the building was in poor shape. After the building was purchased, planning continued by forming a Design Build Team with Fuqua Construction, Landmark Architects, and congregation leaders.
Renovation and Addition (CrossPoint Church, Hutchinson Campus)
Project Size: 801-2000 seats
Completion Date: April 21, 2014
The Design Build Team worked together to prioritize their needs, stay on budget, and address various ministry concerns. CrossPoint is attracting young families, who want a safe environment for kids. The church is also bringing in non-typical worshipers, who desire something very different. To accommodate these and other demographics, the renovated 37,000-square-foot building features:
1,025-seat auditorium/sanctuary with a mix of theater and movable seating.
Audio-visual design and equipment for multi-site and satellite ministries.
Children's education area with eight classrooms, gathering area, and security system.
Staff offices and meeting rooms.
Large foyer gathering area with coffee bar, informal seating, small stage, and baptistery.
Unique feature in the coffee bar: tables were constructed using the original flooring from the bowling alley lanes, incorporating lane markers in the table tops. Challenges:
Transforming the 1950s 18-lane bowling alley into a contemporary worship space had its challenges. Only about 60 percent of the original building was usable. With a modest budget of $115 per square foot, this meant many touch decisions had to be made. Moreover, the building was originally constructed outside city jurisdiction and outside agricultural specifications, posing some logistical issues. In addition, to accommodate raised seating, a change in the roof line meant tearing down 40 percent of the original structure to increase the sanctuary height by 30 feet.
The church hired its own audio-visual sub-contractor separate from the construction contract. In order to help assure that this outside company could deliver, Fuqua Construction put in many hours each month going over the AV plans, specifications, and deliveries.
Amid construction, the dynamic church staff grew. It quickly became clear that additional office space was going to be needed. A late-project redesign added a 50-foot by 40-foot meeting room with administrative offices.
CrossPoint Church is now using its new facility, drawing many to Christ by preaching a clear Gospel message to their communities each week. Attendance in the city of Hutchinson increased from 1,100 to 1,900 in the first few months after opening.