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 theater consultant and technology design firm Idibri to adapt the space to also support the church’s rapidly expanding contemporary worship service. The platform was enlarged, acoustic banners and color-changing house lights added, and a new 22’ x 40’ center LED screen (made up of several smaller screens) was designed to be installed between services by a team of volunteers within a 30-minute time frame. When these features are in use for contemporary worship, the room is completely transformed. When used for traditional worship, the already beautiful space remains visually and acoustically intact. Renovations to the sanctuary were completed in 2018, and the project won a Solomon Award for “Church Sanctuary Design – Renovation.”
Phase 2 of the Master Plan project, currently under construction, is focused on the church’s education and missions ministries. A centralized circulation tower and play area will act as a “beacon” for the preschool and children’s departments. A large youth area expansion will include two new worship spaces for middle and high school which also double as half-court recreation rooms. Dedicated space at the north end of the campus will support the church’s already thriving missions outreach efforts, including a large food and clothing bank. Construction in these areas will be complete later this year.
Through these and future Master Plan efforts, St. Andrew UMC intends to increase connection and ministry visibility on campus, while positioning itself for continued growth in the years to come.
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