This project provided a three-story addition of 38,000 SF to the existing church facility. It's design included an elevated parking deck tucked into the slope of the site. The new buildings form an entrance motor court in the center of the facility and provide enhanced at-grade access to the facility. Located in the central Little Rock neighborhood of Hillcrest, the project required extreme sensitivity in response to neighborhood concerns for maintaining the low scale traditional residential fabric of the area. At the same time, the programmatic demands required maximum use of the church property. This project was the first phase of a three-phase master plan that envisioned future additions for congregational gathering and church offices.
Although the project displaced existing surface parking, the addition actually increased the facility parking capacity, while at the same time maintaining a neighborhood compatible presence. The new addition provided rooms for the expanding children’s programs, youth programs and a 400-seat multipurpose room complete with an up-to-date audiovisual system to be used for contemporary worship services. In addition, the project included a labyrinth in the floor of the multipurpose room and a columbarium.
The Gothic exterior design of the addition utilized brick and cast stone dressings, buttresses, two-centered, three-centered and lancet arches. The Disciple Center, parking deck and columbarium comprised the first church structure in Arkansas to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Development (LEED) certification.