Stantec designed 30,000-square-foot project to accommodate congregation growth
On Saturday, October 20, River of Life Christian Church (ROLCC) welcomed a new sanctuary and lobby addition to its current church facility located at 1177 Laurelwood Road in Santa Clara, Calif., with a grand opening event attended by local officials and dignitaries from around the world. The newly opened Shekinah Glory Temple includes a new lobby and a 2,000-seat sanctuary designed to accommodate the facility’s steady growth. Global design firm Stantec designed the 30,000-square-foot facility, which brings ROLCC’s total worship attendance to 3,500 at any given time.
The facility expansion is critical as ROLCC Santa Clara has been growing at a steady rate of 5% per year. To comfortably accommodate the growing congregation, the project includes:
• A total facility expansion of nearly 25%—the 30,000 square-foot addition supplements the existing 133,000 square-foot church
• Stepped mezzanine seating and flat floor seating with a total capacity of 2,000 seats
• State-of-the-art LED lighting and high-definition plasma screens to ensure the comfortable viewing of services
• A courtyard that serves as a focal gathering space and promotes further fellowship of the congregation before, during and after services
• An exterior “River Plaza” which enables both the existing and new lobbies to open to the central courtyard area
“It was a privilege to team with one of the leading ministries around the globe on this meaningful and impactful project,” said Patrick M. McKelvey, Stantec’s architect of record for the project. “We were thrilled to partner with ROLCC to expand its presence in Santa Clara and help accommodate its continued growth. We are committed to designing with community in mind, and the new sanctuary and lobby addition to the Santa Clara River of Life Christian Church is a project that truly belongs to the people it serves.”
Stantec provided architecture, interior design and lighting design to the project. Key subconsultants include HMH for civil engineering and landscape architecture; Structural Engineers, Inc. for structural engineering; AlfaTech for mechanical, plumbing and electrical engineering; Hines, Inc. for water feature mechanical design; and Idibri for audio visual, theatrical lighting and acoustical consulting and design. Stantec’s Los Angeles office led the project design in collaboration with expertise from the firm’s Phoenix and Denver offices.
Communities are fundamental. Whether around the corner or across the globe, they provide a foundation, a sense of place and of belonging. That’s why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind. We care about the communities we serve—because they’re our communities too. This allows us to assess what’s needed and connect our expertise, to appreciate nuances and envision what’s never been considered, to bring together diverse perspectives so we can collaborate toward a shared success. We’re designers, engineers, scientists, and project managers, innovating together at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. Balancing these priorities results in projects that advance the quality of life in communities across the globe.
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