Winner of 2011 Solomon Awards, category Church Architect (801+ seats.)
For more than 15 years, HH Architects has partnered with Trinity Fellowship Church in Amarillo, Texas, in developing multiple projects totaling some $36 million. Project scopes have ranged from renovation and expansion to an existing worship center, new education space for all ages, new recreation facilities for the church and the private Christian school use, as well as the recently completed state-of-the-art worship center with seating capacity for 4,000 people.
A Closer Look
This growing congregation of over 6,000 in weekend attendance looked to HH Architects to develop a unique facility that provided for its dynamic weekend worship experience while also allowing for the flexibility for this space to serve as one of the larger seating venues in Amarillo. HH Architect’s responded by developing a 360-degree, “in-the-round” design for Trinity’s new worship space. In addition to serving as worship space on Sundays, this venue is serving its purpose in providing an attraction to the local community by functioning as a venue for a range of activities—from concerts to conferences to convocation ceremonies.
The worship center’s design created challenges in terms of technology. For example, where do you put the image magnification (IMAG) screens? Not only are attendees sitting where they can see each other, the worship leader and band, but eight video cameras capture the worship action and display it on four large screens around the venue—so even facial expressions on the platform are clearly conveyed, according to the architect.
Along with the new worship space is a new 68,000-square-foot children’s ministry center located just off the main foyer, and a coffee shop and bookstore that cater to the church’s many ministries. One of the ministry objectives for the new building was to build the children and youth programs. As such, the new themed children’s area includes an indoor playground. The success of the new space is easily measured by two yardsticks:
1.) Children’s attendance has increased by more than 25%, and
2.) “When the parents come, the kids don’t want to leave,” according to the church’s executive pastor of administration, Scott Rosenbach.
In addition, the formerly large congregation of 6,000-8,000 is now reportedly closer to 10,000, while weekend attendance is up to roughly 4,000 adults and 1,200 kids.