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  Gracepoint Gospel Fellowship

Gracepoint Gospel FellowshipArchitect

WPH Architects for Ministry
314 W. Lincoln Highway, Penndel, PA 19047

General Description

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.

Construction Team

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.


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