Crossroads Church in Parker, CO is a masterful repurposing of an abandoned automobile dealership. When the church moved out of its building and site, the attendance was 800 in four services. As is the case in many parts of metropolitan areas, a site for a new project wasn't readily available or affordable. Looking at other buildings with an eye on costs and towards the future led them ultimately to a vacant automobile dealership. The church believed the building was a blessing in disguise, as it had abundant land and room for them to grow and expand to accommodate their congregation for the foreseeable future.
With careful planning and creative design ideas, the former dealership was transformed into a beautiful, efficient worship facility. In March of 2012, the dream became reality and Crossroads moved into a portion of the facility consisting of 38,338 square feet. The sanctuary seated 500. Within two months the worship services attendance grew to 1,400 and the children's area was maxed out. Growth, especially large growth required, Crossroads to re-think the next phase quickly.
Facility Repurposing (Crossroads Community Church)
Project Size: 801-2000 seats
Completion Date: February 17, 2014
The auto service bays contained a 22-foot ceiling height and, after the removal of a few structural columns, enabled for a well-placed worship center to seat 968 for a Christmas service that drew over 3,000 people. The church has averaged 2,300, including the 400 in the children's ministry. The influx of new congregants giving enabled them to finish out the remaining areas in the building, bringing the total square feet to 48,000. The recent work was completed in February of 2014. The conversion of the show room into the welcome center was a natural with its expansive views of the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop.
David Almer, the executive pastor, said it turned out perfect for the church. The auto dealership was strategically located in our community, and the dealership had two really large spaces that facilitated conversion, supplying two large program area needs, a worship center and a welcome center. People from the community love to meet in the warm and inviting welcome center for bible studies and small events. It also doubles as a large meeting space for church-wide events. It seat up to 500 for dinner as well.