Valley Church of Christ|
Falconnier Design Co.
4622 Chambliss Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37919
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Date Bid: Mar 2009 Construction Period: Apr 2009 to Apr
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.
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
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
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
Pre-Engineered Building: Varco Pruden
Pre-Cast Concrete Roof Deck: Sequatchie Concrete
Heavy Timber Roof: Appalachian Log Homes
EIFS: TEIFS Gypsum: National Interior Studs:
Interior Doors: Algoma Flooring: Armstrong, Durkan,
Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer