St. Nicholas Lutheran Church|
Lawrence Cook Associates, P.C.
3424 Mansfield Road, Falls Church, VA 22041
Total Square Feet: 7,600
Construction Period: Feb 2000 to Jan 2001
General Contractor: Scheibel Construction - 115 Prospect Drive, Huntingtown, MD 20639
Civil Engineer: John Hoffman, P.E. - 246 Merrimac Court, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Structural Engineer: SuperStructures, Inc. - 19233 Cardinal Heights Road, Triangle, VA 22172
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: O’Connell & Associates, P.C. - 604 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
The young congregation of St. Nicholas Lutheran Church purchased a ten acre, undeveloped site for their church's masterplan, and constructed a 234-seat phase I facility. The master plan assures the orderly expansion of the facility over the next twenty or more years. In phase II an education wing is to be built. In phase III a permanently dedicated Worship Space is to be added and the initial multipurpose space will be converted to a social hall.
The site is located in a developing region of rural southern Maryland. The initial building is situated in a meadow on the visual axis of the highway as one approaches the site by vehicle. The facility is serviced by an existing well and a new septic field. The proposed plaza, which will separate the building from the parking lot, is to be built when funds are available. It will use exposed aggregate concrete to match the interior floors and be enclosed with shrubbery.
Two wood structural systems were used: glue laminated arches over the high, open Worship Space; and stick-built wood frame exterior bearing walls supporting factory built wood trusses that form wings. The full volume of the central element is expressed inside the main Worship Space, while the remaining attic areas are used to house the heating and cooling system. The tower was stick built on the ground and hoisted into place.
The exterior skin combines brick veneer to the 8-foot high overhang with cement boards at the gabled ends and fascia. Roofing consists of 40-year heavy asphalt shingles and standard ridge vents over plywood sheathing.
Quality is emphasized by the interior finish of the Narthex and Worship Space through the use of exposed aggregate concrete floors, custom wood doors and windows, wood paneling and trim, and tongue and groove wood ceilings. Economy is emphasized in the classrooms and support spaces by use of carpet, gypsum board and acoustic tile. The residential-like catering kitchen is used to serve meals prepared at home. This distribution of the tight budget gave the congregation the most visual value within their resources.
DIV 06: Siding: James Hardie Hardi-Plank.
DIV 07: Insulation: Johns Manville; Asphalt Shingles: Timberline Ultra-Line by
DIV 08: Windows: Pella.
DIV 09: Gypsum: National Gypsum; VCT: Azrock; Base: Johnsonite.