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  Hardin Valley Church of ChristHardin Valley Church of Christ


Falconnier Design Co.
4622 Chambliss Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37919


General Description

Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Date Bid: Mar 2009 Construction Period: Apr 2009 to Apr 2010
Total Square Feet: 17,149 Site: 14.39 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; seating capacity of 575.
Building Size: First floor, 17,149; total, 17,149 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 28’8”; total, 28’8”.
Basic Construction Type: New/Pre-Engineered Building.
Foundation: Cast-in-place. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtainwall. Roof: Metal, membrane, asphalt shingles. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall, CMU.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: 4th Dimension Design, Inc. - 817 Venture Court, Waukesha, WI 53189
General Contractor: George W. Reagan Company, Inc. - P. O. Box 27096, Knoxville, TN 37927
Mechanical Engineer: Albert F. G. Bedinger Consulting Engineers, P.C. - 500 Clyde Street, Knoxville, TN 37921
Electrical Engineer: Vreeland Engineers, Inc. - P. O. Box 10648, Knoxville, TN 37939

Five years ago, the Hardin Valley Church of Christ was only a vision. Four years ago, they were meeting in a Knoxville, Tennessee YMCA with an attendance of about 150. Today the church occupies a new, 17,149 square foot multi-use building with an attendance of nearly 400.

Accommodating growth such as this is not new to the professionals of Falconnier Design Co. As an architectural firm, FDC prides itself on designing excellent church buildings tailored to any and all budgets, buildings which have “built-in” expandability designed around master plans which allow for growth without encroaching on the continuing needs of church ministry. Falconnier has designed several such master plans and buildings, all of which have lived up to their promised ease of expandability. For Hardin Valley, Falconnier Design Co. prepared a two-phase master plan, of which the first phase is complete and open.

For Hardin Valley, the church needed to maximize the amount of space for the available budget. The answer was to base the design on a 6,800 square foot multi-use room. Eventually, this room will function as the “family life center,” a fellowship-oriented space complete with kitchen, athletics floor, basketball goals and scoreboard. In the interim, however, it functions as the church’s auditorium, able to seat over 500 people in moveable chairs. The room has a fixed platform, two retractable projection screens, and a baptistry. With a 20- foot minimum height pre-engineered steel roof structure, the room is tall enough for a variety of athletic functions.

Surrounding this space and opening off of it are eleven classrooms, a storage room for tables and chairs, and a kitchen. By having all of the surrounding rooms open into the multi-use space, no square footage is dedicated to corridors; all of the space is used for ministry.

The main entry foyer is large enough to accommodate before and after worship gatherings as well as serve as in interim adult Sunday School class room.

As built-in expandability is a Falconnier trademark, this building is expandable. There is a 12-foot wide knock-out panel in the wall of the office/conference room which will allow the Phase Two facility to be built in the lot next door and then connected with very little construction “down time” for the existing building. Once the Phase Two building is complete, the wall will be removed and the buildings connected.

The building has already demonstrated its flexibility in handling a variety of events besides regular Sunday morning worship services. Weddings, fellowship meals, youth events, and on Sunday mornings, portable, moveable partitions are used to divide the space into three “classrooms” for adult classes. Although any interim, multi-use space requires some planning in order to accommodate such a wide range of activities, interim buildings also have the benefit of reminding the church not only of where the people have been as a congregation, but also of where they eventually want to be. In the case of Hardin Valley, Phase Two will be more classrooms, permanent office space and a dedicated worship center. Hardin Valley’s new building is already too small, which for a church is a good problem to face but only for a short time, as it functions to constantly remind the church of its vision going forward.

Product Information
Pre-Engineered Building: Varco Pruden
Pre-Cast Concrete Roof Deck: Sequatchie Concrete
Heavy Timber Roof: Appalachian Log Homes
EIFS: TEIFS Gypsum: National Interior Studs: Marinoware
Interior Doors: Algoma Flooring: Armstrong, Durkan, Mannington
Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer


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