The leaders of Woodlake Church, wanting to spread the Gospel message beyond the bounds of their current facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma, selected 17 acres of a former tree farm surrounded by housing developments in the burgeoning suburb of Bixby. Befitting a younger demographic, the Church Works Studio of GFF (in collaboration with Goff Companies, a design-build contractor) designed a contemporary 27,000 square foot facility housing a 500 seat worship space, children’s education areas, a community commons, and associated support areas.
Anodized aluminum canopies shade the main building entrances and provide slick counterpoints to the other exterior materials painted concrete tilt walls, wood grain fiber cement siding, corrugated metal panels, and stucco. Inside the loft-like Commons, a subdued palette of exposed structure, stained concrete flooring, clear-sealed MDF paneling and painted drywall is complemented by brightly-colored furnishings and accent walls. In both the main and the children’s worship spaces, state-of-the-art lighting and audio-video equipment round out the contemporary worship experience.