- Number of phases: 4
- Children’s additions remodel
- Lobby renovation completed: 2011
- New student center completed: 2012
- Remodeled sanctuary completed: 2013
- 1250 sanctuary seats
- 57,000 sq. ft. remodel
- 25,250 sq. ft. addition
West Side Christian Church is a place where church is relevant, worship is contemporary, and relationships are honest. But after 14 years of growth at their current campus, it became clear to the church leadership that facility changes were needed in order to continue to impact their community.
West Side's building had plenty of space, but it was dated. In partnership with the church, Aspen Group created a master plan that included renovating the existing space as well as expanding the facility with new construction.
“We now realize that people hang out longer after services because people have space to linger in….”
Pastor Brian Coffey, Senior Pastor
Aspen Group was challenged with the task of turning West Side's existing 15,000 square foot lobby designed as a “people mover” into a place where people of all ages could connect in meaningful ways. For inspiration, the design team explored restaurants, coffee houses, and bars--"Third Place" spaces where people connect outside of their home.
With these spaces in mind, Aspen's design team went to work on creating a new architectural language for West Side. The final design included introducing various size columns for scale, one-step platforms to give a sense of being “on a different level” with the person only a few feet away, and physical barriers that were not visual barriers. In this case, glass-less windows give conversation an imaginary buffer, at the same time maintaining the intended traffic flow and visual wayfinding.