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  Green Acres Baptist Church Worship Center, Page 34Green Acres Baptist Church Worship Center
HH Architects
5910 North Central Expressway, #1200, Dallas, TX 75206

Tyler, Texas
Total Square Feet: 151,043
Construction Period: Oct 1998 to July 2001

Construction Team
General Contractor: C Construction Company - 3212 Chandler Highway, Tyler, Texas, 75702
Structural Engineer: Lee & Bauldauf - 12970 Pandora, #201, Dallas, TX 75238
Civil Engineer: The C.T. Brannon Company - 1321 South Broadway, Tyler, TX 75711
Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing Engineer: Smith Duncan Associates - 8700 Stemmons Freeway, #201, Dallas, TX 75247
Landscape Architect: David C. Scarborough, ASLA - 8238 Baylor, Tyler, TX 75703

The new 3,800-seat Green Acres Baptist Church Worship Center and related support facilities is an addition to the existing church facilities of a congregation that had long outgrown their existing sanctuary. The existing site was enlarged by the purchase of several homes adjacent to the existing church property. To accomodate a building site large enough to encompass the new 3,800-seat worship center, approximately 20 homes were purchased and relocated off-site, and one city street was purchased and another street had to be relocated. 

A master plan was developed to accomodate a future children#s education building, a future fellowship dining building and tie all of the existing facilities together into a comprehensive campus project. The worship center addition contains the main worship center, classrooms, library-bookstore, parlor, multi-purpose fellowship area, church offices, choir rehearsal suite, orchestra rehearsal suite, and video/broadcast facilities to support their television ministry.

The architectural character of the new facility is a result of the church#s desire to maintain a conservative style to enhance the existing buildings on the campus while incorporating contemporary planning concepts and design to match the style of their worship services. Brick and EIFS were used to achieve this desired look, with design details utilized to tie the new facility in with the existing buildings. The worship center was arranged in a fan shaped design in order to bring more seating, including the balcony, closer to the pulpit, which enhances the atmosphere and feeling of closeness. The balcony is connected to the main level on both sides by stepped side balconies to further enhance the atmosphere and acoustics of the space. This connection allows those in the balcony to have a physical and visual connection to the platform and lower floor areas as well as providing direct access to the platform for invitation, and helps make them feel a part of the service. Sound control is located on the front edge of the balcony and a light control room is located at the upper level of the balcony, allowing greater equipment and technical control. 

Theatrical lighting is designed to accomodate church pageants and other theatrical and musical performances. A movable truss is located over the choir area, enhancing the flexability of the facility by allowing multiple lighting, backdrop, and staging configurations and allowing for a more flexible and creative space. Two large digital rear projection screens are located to each side of a stained glass window, allowing multiple media configurations to be implemented simultaneously.

A large open two-story fellowship atrium area provides circulation space around the back of the sanctuary and leads to an open story entry area that serves as the primary entry to the facility and allows easy access, enabling interaction and fellowship before and after services in a friendly environment. State-of-the-art choir and orchestra rehearsal areas are enhanced with video and recording studios, allowing for media productions to be developed for television ministry. The office areas include a pastoral suite, music office suite, and business offices.

DIV 04: Brick: ACME.
DIV 07: EIFS: STO; Metal Roof: AEP Span; Bituminous Roof, Shingles: GAF.
DIV 08: Entrances & Storefronts, Curtainwalls: Vistawall; Glazing: PPG; Columns: CDI; Hardware: Sargent, Corbin/Russwin; Special Doors: Overhead Door; Skylight: Kalwall.
DIV 09: Acoustical Wall Treatment: Wall Technology; Metal Studs: Dietrich Industries, Inc.; Gypsum Board: National Gypsum; Access Flooring: C-Tec; Base: Flexco; Carpet: Shaw, Mohawk; VCT: Mannington, Armstrong; Tile: ICI, Dal-Tile.
DIV 10: Steeple: TEC-FAB, Inc.; Operable Partitions: Moderco.
DIV 14: Elevators: Kone; Wheelchair Lift: American Stair-Glide Corp.

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