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Church Works Blog

The GFF Church Works Studio is a team of highly experienced professionals who focus exclusively on the planning and design of faith based facilities. We see our role in a project as facilitators that will assist the Church in realizing their vision for the project, not imposing ours on you.  Our goal is that the design solution for your project mirror the unique qualities, culture and circumstances that exist for your church, not a formula driven solution that has been applied haphazardly without any real thought or consideration for your real needs and limitations.

Organizing Principles of Design – Evolution of a Growing Church Community

This Texas church was able to create a more attractive campus with GFF Architects to design a project with future-planning capabilities.

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GFF Church Works: Under Construction

Many new GFF Church Works projects are under construction! Life Fellowship Church in McKinney held a groundbreaking ceremony in late February to celebrate the start of renovation and expansion of their existing campus. Prosper United Methodist Church broke ground on a brand-new campus to support their rapidly growing congregation Dallas Theological Seminary’s new 500-seat Chapel…
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Church Design: SoupMobile Church Food Pantry Gets a Home

Missions-minded architects and contractors help design and build a new worship space and food pantry for the homeless in Dallas.

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Church Design: Materiality in Interior Design — Question 1: Can You Deep Clean It Easily?

“A patio expansion-turned-atrium gathering space at First United Methodist Church (FUMC) in Dallas features interior design elements conducive to people congregating and passing through, but not germs.”

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GFF Church Works Design Maxims

As we reach the end of the year, GFF has defined a set of principles that we believe will continue to influence our work for many years to come. We are excited to share these principles, or Design Maxims, and are eagerly looking forward to exciting new ventures in 2021! The GFF Church Works Studio…
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Next Generation Student Spaces

In recent years there has been a growing trend among churches to place extra emphasis on well-designed, impactful space for junior and senior high school students.  It makes sense:  this is a very vulnerable age group.  Teenagers are living through an awkward stage of life and are close to leaving home and navigating the world…

An Atrium of Light

Perhaps most important, this project put us on a path to dream even bigger about how our physical church building can be leveraged to serve an urban mission field in profound new ways. Nicholas McWhirter, AIA GFF Church Works’ Fiedler Atrium project at First United Methodist Church Dallas was featured in the Summer 2020 issue…
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Church Design Post COVID-19

GFF Church Works is honored to have our recent COVID-19 discussion on the church re-entry process featured in the following publications. Please follow the links to learn more about strategies for re-entry and contact us if you would like to further discuss specifics for your facility! What Will Church Design Look Like in a Post-Pandemic…
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Expansion and Renovation Renew 1960s Dallas Church

After working with GFF Architects on various projects elsewhere on the campus over the previous quarter century, Good Shepherd turned to the firm once again in 2016 to expand the seating capacity of the sanctuary, enhance the sanctuary lighting, replace the sanctuary flooring, add an accessible restroom and a covered porte-cochere drop-off.

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Should We Be Specifying Antimicrobials?

Research has shown that while antimicrobials do have some positive attributes, such as their ability to be used as a preservative in building materials, their presence in the built environment may create more harm than good. These days, the emergence of COVID-19 has made this question a more immediate concern. As states and local municipalities…
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Portrait of a GFFer: Bryana Cozart

Meet Bryana Cozart. Bryana was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated from Kansas State University with a Master of Interior Architecture and Product Design. Bryana is also a proud parent of two succulents: Pete and Maddison. Read below for more about Bryana! Dancing has been a part of my life since I…

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Emily Mendez’s Home Office and Classroom Space

written by Emily Mendez The process of working from home has been generally smooth.  A few “user error” moments on my end but nothing too bad! GFF’s IT team has been very helpful and patient along the way.  The complicated part is figuring out how to teach and parent a small child from home while…

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VantagePoint Church Under Construction

GFF created a new building design for VantagePoint Church on approximately 10.4 acres located at 8500 Archibald Avenue in the City of Eastvale, California. Intended to be the first phase executed of a multiple phase master plan, this new 17,000 SF building will serve as a worship facility, which seats 650 people along with associated…
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Retail Space Reimagined

When selecting a site for a new facility, churches are more frequently considering former retail locations as an option.    Vacant retail space can be acquired relatively easily given the decline in brick-and-mortar sales over the past decade. Repurposing a former retail building such as a sporting goods or grocery store brings with it both challenges…
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GFF Church Works Grand Openings

The GFF Church Works Studio is excited to share our most recently completed projects! First Baptist Church in Lewisville held a grand opening to celebrate the completion of their new children’s wing and renovated youth space. First United Methodist Church in Allen celebrated the opening of their new commons/café, outdoor plaza and renovated children’s and…
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Reducing Building Operating Cost Through Good Design

Chase Oaks Church - Plano, Texas Churches face a significant challenge in accomplishing as much as possible with limited resources, but construction dollars represent only a small fraction of the total expenditures over the life of a building. While cost of construction is certainly an important consideration, as long-term building owners and operators churches should…
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GFF Church Works Recent Awards

The GFF Church Works Studio was recently awarded a “2019 Worship Facilities Solomon Award for Church Design – Youth and Children’s Spaces” for Woodcreek Church in Richardson, TX. The Solomon Awards recognizes churches and their partners for excellence in facilities design, building expansion or remodeling, operational excellence, innovative use, and technical production.  Each submission is judged…
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Church Works Summer Volunteer Projects

Members of the GFF Church Works studio recently led an architecture elective class at Wesley-Rankin Community Center as part of their summer camp series. The summer enrichment camp is a seven-week program for 1st-8th grade that offers education in science, math, reading and the arts. As part of the architecture class, middle-school students learned about…
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Buckner Family Hope Center Beam Signing Ceremony

Construction is in full swing on the Buckner International’s new Family Hope Center in the Bachman Lake area. On Friday, June 14th, members of the community were invited to participate in a beam signing ceremony and allowed to inscribe their names and a special message on the final steel beam to be erected in place.…

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St. Andrew UMC Campus Improvements

St. Andrew United Methodist Church, located in Plano, TX, contacted GFF in 2016 to develop a Master Plan for their facility, followed quickly by the implementation of Phase 1 -  renovations to their existing 1,800-seat sanctuary. Originally the room was constructed solely for traditional worship, with emphasis on choral and organ music. GFF collaborated with…
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GFF Church Works Holiday Recipe Collection

GFF Churchworks Studio wishes everyone a safe and merry holiday season, and would like to share some of our favorite recipes to be enjoyed with friends and family. Pumpkin Bread Stephen Pickard Fudge Susan Wright Pecan Divinity Aaron Steward Oatmeal Raisin / Chocolate Chip Cookies Crystal Gore Sweet Potato Casserole Jacquelyn Block Turkey Brine Jamie…
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Robert Carr Chapel at TCU Receives a Preservation Project Award

written by Jon Rollins On September 13, 2018, the Board of Historic Fort Worth, Inc. presented a Preservation Project Award to GFF for  the renovation of the Robert Carr Chapel at Texas Christian University. The design team was charged with three primary goals:  increased usability and flexibility, improved accessibility, and updated aesthetics. The chancel platform…

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Buckner Family Hope Center Groundbreaking Ceremony

GFF was pleased to have an opportunity to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Buckner Family Hope Center at Bachman Lake on September 27th with Buckner International and the rest of the project design and construction team. “It was an inspiring event to say the least. We are all very excited to see construction start,…

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GFF’ers Advance in the Sukkah Project Competition

On August 4, the jury of the newly launched DFW design-build competition, The Sukkah Project, selected ten finalists whose entries will be built as the second stage of the competition. Two of those finalists were Blake Thames, GFF Project Leader, and Jonathan Rollins, GFF Principal. All in all, twenty-eight designs were submitted by architects, artists…

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St. Andrew United Methodist Church Phase II Groundbreaking Ceremony

GFF and team gathered on Sunday at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano to celebrate Phase II’s start of construction. Congratulations to the team for all of their hard work!

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Portrait of a GFFer: Harrison Daigle

Meet Harrison Daigle. Harrison received his Bachelor of Architecture from Louisiana State University. Harrison recently moved to Dallas from Nashville, Tennessee and joined GFF’s Church Works Studio. Read below for more about Harrison! Originally from Johnson City (of Wagon Wheel fame), I moved to Franklin, TN before starting first grade. Exploring some familial Cajun roots,…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Sandra Beer

Meet Sandra. Sandra was born in Missouri, but grew up in Pittsburg, Kansas.  As an undergraduate student, she attended Kansas State University and received a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Architecture.  She then went on to attend the Rhode Island School of Design, where she received a Master of Architecture.  Having worked previously at GFF after…

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STEAM Career Week Spring Break

On March 11th members of the Church Works studio participated in the STEAM Career Week Spring Break at the Dallas Arboretum: Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden.  The event aims to inspire children to consider careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM).  Professionals from in these fields set up booths with activities to inspire…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Mike Lehr

Meet Mike Lehr. Mike is a city boy from Baltimore, Maryland and a huge Orioles and Ravens fan. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Drexel University in Philadelphia and has been married to his wife, Lisa, for 18 years. They have a 16 year old daughter, Madison, and an 8 year old son, Dylan. Mike…

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Woodcreek Church Children’s Building Grand Opening

Woodcreek Church, located in Richardson, Texas celebrated their open house and building dedication ceremony this past weekend, for the recently completed, GFF designed, Children’s Building addition. The new building is separated from the existing building but tethered with 3 pedestrian links that create several unique features in the building design including a check-in “dock” equipped…

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TCU Carr Chapel

The Robert Carr Chapel at Texas Christian University is a popular wedding venue, but the beautiful Georgian space is also used for worship services, memorials, concerts and Greek organization initiations. Utilized by a variety of on- and off-campus stakeholders for a wide variety of events with diverse requirements, the chapel was in need of major…

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GFF’s Milestone Church Featured on Worship Facilities Magazine

GFF Church Works’ Milestone Church, located in Keller, Texas, was recently featured on the cover of the Worship Facilities Magazine. See the link below for more on the project! http://www.worshipfacilities.com/article/capturing_community_with_fresh_multi-gen_design

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GFF Interiors’ Newest Member

GFF Interiors welcomes there newest GFF Family member, Jordan Elizabeth Bowers! Baby Jordan was born on September 5th at 1:15 PM weighing in at 7 lbs. 12 oz and 20” long. Mom, Jamie Bowers, brother Barron, and dad, Jerod are all happy and healthy and settling in as a family of four.  Proud older brother…
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Jacquelyn Block Named Studio Director of GFF Church Works

GFF is pleased to announce that Associate Jacquelyn Block, AIA, has been promoted to Studio Director for the Church Works Studio. The growth and success of the studio, combined with Jacquelyn’s 12+ years of experience with faith-based and educational clients make her the perfect person to lead this wonderful group of 16 and manage the…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Susan Wright

Meet Susan Wright, a native Texan, who attended the School of Architecture at UTA. When she is not in the office, you can find Susan indulging in her favorite culinary treats: sushi, anything dark chocolate, but most importantly, guacamole. Read below for more fun facts about Susan!   Born and Raised Texan: born in Oak…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Morgan Harrison

Meet Morgan Harrison. She has been with GFF just under a year and is a Senior Project Coordinator in the Church Studio. Morgan did her undergrad at Denison University, then went on to get her MFA at SCAD and a Masters of Architecture at Texas A&M. Read more about Morgan below! I’m an only child, but…

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Life Austin – Amphitheater – More Progress!!

Things are finally taking shape for the Life Austin amphitheater project in Austin, Texas. The C.O. has been attained and the first events are tentatively slated for July 10th!  

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Portrait of a GFFer: Jeremy Roehr

    Meet Jeremy Roehr. Jeremy has been with GFF for just under four years and is a Project Leader in Stephen Pickard’s Church studio. He was recently licensed and is now enjoying his new found free time running Katy Trail and learning to cook without a microwave. If you are thinking “Hey! He looks like…

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Life Austin Amphitheater – Progress!

Construction progress photos of Life Austin Amphitheater in Austin, Texas. The bowstring joists installed this week are over 100’ long and 40’ above the ground at the high point.  Standing seam roofing will start this week with the tiered seating following.  The new amphitheater will seat over 1, 000 with additional lawn seating.  Native landscaping…

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IIDA Zero Landfill Event

Over the weekend Alix Bulleit and Marissa Flanagan helped with sorting samples for the IIDA Zero Landfill event. IIDA’s Zero Landfill is an event where firms can recycle product samples and electronics for re-use or recycling. Volunteers help to sort out the samples and facilitate pick-up from other firms, the public or anyone who is…

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November 2014 Featured Project: Milestone Church

On Easter 2013, Milestone Church celebrated its 10th Anniversary. From its humble beginnings in a high school cafeteria, Milestone has grown from 30 members to over 3,000. As one of America’s fastest growing churches, Milestone is relocating to 54 beautiful wooded acres in Keller, Texas. The new campus will include a 2,500 seat worship center, cutting edge education…

Church Works Studio Gets a New Member – Emily Mendez

Emily is the new Interior Designer in our Church Works Studio.  She is so friendly and personable with everyone, we could've sworn she'd been here for years (and that was on her first day)! Her picture proves she has a lot to smile about, like her beautiful daughter, Stella. So, Emily, would you rather... ….…
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Architects Talking to Architects: Jacquelyn Block, AIA

July 17, 2014 – As published by the Texas Society of Architects Jacquelyn Block, AIA, is a project leader at Good, Fulton & Farrell Architects and has a passion for working on educational and liturgical projects. Jacquelyn Block, AIA – courtesy Jacquelyn Block Where did you grow up? I grew up in Lufkin, Texas — a small town in the…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Lena Starostine (extended cut!)

Every so often we have one that breaks the mold. This week Lena is taking Portrait of a GFFer to a whole new level. She gave us 20 amazing facts and photos and we simply couldn't cut any of them out. Each fact has it's own photo and each photo is telling us a great…
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GFF Church Works Studio Newsletter: Horner Family Museum

In 2012, Premier Designs President Tim Horner decided to honor his parents and company founders, Joan and Andy Horner, by building a museum that would communicate the company’s philosophy and ideals to a new generation of employees. The Las Colinas facility regularly hosts busloads of independent distributors (or jewelers) going through their sales training process,…
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Portrait of a GFFer: Jamie Bowers

This is Jamie’s debut on the GFF Office Blog but if you checked out our Pet Post you’ve already met her two gorgeous dogs, Quinn and Suzu. Jamie is a member of GFF Interiors and works on projects such as Park Place and The Hockaday School. Read more about this Texas Christian University (TCU) graduate…

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Portrait of a GFFer : Jacquelyn Block

Jacquelyn is always one of our favorite people to work with in the office so we thought we’d ask her to share a few rare facts about herself. We are not surprised that she is adventurous, but now we want to know even more! I love going on adventurous trips. My three favorite trips so…

GFF Adds Dimension to Its Diverse Practice Portfolio

Good Fulton & Farrell (GFF) recently announced the addition of Stephen Pickard, AIA NCARB who joined the firm as an Associate Principal and Studio Director of Church Works. With more than 28 years of architectural design and management experience, Pickard brings his professional expertise in church work, both modern and traditional, to a firm that…

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