Gracepoint Gospel Fellowship
WPH Architects for Ministry
314 W. Lincoln Highway, Penndel, PA 19047
Location: Ramapo, New York
Date Bid: July 2006
Construction Period: Apr 2007 to July 2008
Total Square Feet: 46,595 Site: 45 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 14 classrooms, cafe, bookstore,
kitchen, fellowship hall.
Building Size: Basement, 7,568; first floor, 30,153; second
floor, 8,874; total, 46,595 square feet.
Building Height: Basement, 8’; first floor, 16’; second floor,
9’; total, 40’.
Basic Construction Type: New/IIB Unprotected Steel.
Foundation: Slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick,
metal stud stucco, pre-engineered panels. Roof: Metal, membrane.
Floors: Concrete, wood. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: Knudsen Engineering, Inc. - 1155 Business
Center Drive, #110, Horsham, PA 19044
General Contractor: MCS Contractors - 4 Lime Kiln Ct., Stony
Point, NY 10980
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: PMH Associates, Inc. - 1217 B
North Church Street, Moorestown, NJ 08057
Gracepoint Gospel Fellowship Church is an active and diverse
congregation with a wide range of programmatic requirements. Prior to
the opening of the new worship facility the church was meeting in a
22,000-square-foot building in four separate services with an elementary
school sharing the facility throughout the week. The church turned to
WPH Architects for Ministry for a design that could accommodate both the
school and the church's numerous active ministries. WPH developed a
design around a single multi-purpose space that combines flexibility of
use with cost savings in construction.
Designed to hold 1,100 people in worship, the primary space can easily
be transformed into a banquet hall or gymnasium. Special components were
selected to allow for the conversion to occur easily. Ample storage
space adjacent to the multi-purpose space was provided for removable
seating and tables. Mechanically retractable seating allows for
increased seating and excellent viewing angles when configured for
worship services, but retracted for more floor area when configured for
basketball. Fixed tiered seating remains accessible from the upper level
providing seating for a basketball audience. Basketball backstops
retract to hide between ceiling clouds for worship configuration.
Curtains are used to protect the rear screen projection units during gym
use. A large commercial kitchen and serving window are located adjacent
to the main space for banquets. High impact gypsum wallboard and a
rubberized flooring surface are tough enough for gym use and attractive
enough for church worship.
A hybrid structure was designed to achieve construction savings. The
worship center portion of the building was done as a Pre-Engineered
building to achieve an economical space with a large span. The office
and fellowship mall portion of the building is conventional steel
construction because of the complexities of attachment to the existing
building. Extensive coordination was necessary to allow the differing
structural systems to work together.
A new fellowship mall accommodates the large numbers of people the
building now handles and organizes the main entry and circulation
throughout the facility. A two-story atrium with a waterfall,
information desk, bookstore, and café area all a part of the fellowship
mall space. Bamboo flooring and a coffered ceiling make this space a
pleasurable area for regular attendees and newcomers to mingle and learn
about the church.
An area was designed to provide a more spacious administrative sector
for the pastors and staff on the upper level above the fellowship mall.
This relocation created opportunities to reconfigure and renovate the
existing building, with more classrooms for the school, and more
ministry space for children and youth.
As a result of the increased Worship Center capacity, Gracepoint Gospel
Fellowship has been able to go to two services on Sunday mornings, with
room to grow. Additionally, the school now has a gym facility for
recreation and sports events. The new building was dedicated in
September 2008 for worship services and the school began using the new
facility in the autumn of 2008.
DIV. 8: Entrances & Storefronts, Windows: Arch Aluminum.
DIV. 9: Sports Flooring: Beynon.
DIV. 12: Seating: Interkal.
DIV. 13: Pre-Engineered Structure: CECO.