First United Methodist Church (FUMC) stands in the heart of downtown Dallas. For over 165 years, the neighborhood, the city and the world have continued to change around FUMC Dallas. While the calling of the church and its over 2,700 members remains unchanged, the structure has improved. The most recent upgrades include a 16,000-square-foot renovation of the atrium as well as a 12,800-square-foot addition.
The renovation features a two-story glass entry on Harwood Street referred to as "Portals of Inspiration." With a fast-growing congregation, the additional square footage provides desperately needed classroom space, a choir room, a theater-in-the-round and an art gallery.
At the heart of the project is a large multipurpose room referred to as "Crossroads Center," which functions as the primary hospitality area for the church. Work began in summer of 2011 to design a comprehensive renovation of the Crossroads Center that would improve effectiveness and efficiency as well as provide aesthetic enhancements.
The breakroom was completely demolished and rebuilt with new lighting, millwork, solid surface countertops, an under-counter ice machine and high-capacity dishwasher. The space also received fresh paint, using a color palette designed to coordinate with the expansion. This creates continuity and provides flow from one space to the other.
Renovation and Addition (First United Methodist Church Dallas)
Project Size: 801-2000 seats
Completion Date: March 8, 2013
This unique project, completed in March 2013, involved working with an existing three-story structure built in 1925. The new building is connected to the historic church via a glass “sky bridge." The position of the new addition encloses the original building, making the aged exterior the interior for the new space. Exposing aged brick and original stained glass presented a unique challenge to the team.
The First United Methodist Church Dallas project includes a 16,000-square-foot renovation and a 12,800-square-foot addition connected by a sky bridge. The renovation features a two-story glass entry and a multipurpose room. The addition encloses the existing structure built in 1925, making the aged exterior the new space's interior.