Hills Baptist Church|
Construction Manager &
WKMC Architects, Inc.
909 South Tancahua Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78404
Location: Corpus Christi, Texas
Bid Date: May 2009 Construction Period: July 2009 to Feb
Total Square Feet: 27,404 Site: 3.04 acres
Number of Buildings: One, 990 seating capacity.
Building Size: First floor, 18,172; second floor, 9,232; total,
27,404 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 15’9”; second floor, 36’10”; total,
42’ and 79’5” to top of steeple.
Basic Construction Type: New/Brick Veneer/CMU.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced
concrete. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtainwall, metal studs &
plaster. Roof: Asphalt shingles, built-up, metal. Floors:
Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.
General Contractor: B.E. Beecroft Company, Inc. - 2222 Laredo
Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78405
Structural Engineer: Jester-Quintanilla & Associates, Inc. - 1608
W. Sixth Street, #100, Austin, TX 78703
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Stridde, Callins & Associates,
Inc. - 342 S. Navigation Boulevard, Corpus Christi, TX 78405
Civil Engineer: Bass & Welsh Engineering - P. O. Box 6397, Corpus
Christi, TX 78466
Cost Estimator: Turner & Townsend, Inc. - 10777 Westheimer Rd.,
#1160, Houston, TX 77042
Landscape Architect: Robert Gignac - P. O. Box 6526, Corpus
Christi, TX 78466
Born from a humble gathering of 60 believers in 1947, River Hills
Baptist Church has seen vibrant growth, especially in recent years. The
church has undergone several building programs which led to its present
expansion. Busting at the seams, the church body voted in 2009 to
construct a new 27,404 square foot, two-story worship center addition.
Construction began in June 2009 following a series of meetings with the
church's building committee, staff and the design team. The first
worship service and dedication ceremony was held in February 2011.
It was envisioned that the new worship center would be located in the
center of the church campus between the existing education/office
building and the existing worship building. Visually the congregation
wanted the interior and exterior design to express their traditional
Baptist roots but with a more contemporary nature. The new facility
unifies the campus, tying to the education building at both floors and
taking advantage of its existing elevator, and connecting to the
existing worship building with covered walkways. A sheltered outdoor
gathering space was created between the buildings providing relief from
the harsh South Texas sun and strong coastal winds.
The building shell is steel framed with a suspended concrete foundation
over carton forms. Exterior walls are constructed of face brick over CMU
backup and plaster over metal studs. On the interior, the worship center
is designed for 990 people seated in fixed pews arranged in a two-story
auditorium format. There is a tiered choir loft with seating for 60. The
wall behind the choir is richly paneled with cherry wood and has a wheat
stalk pattern routed into the woodwork. Above the paneling are cherry
wood and glass sliding doors which, when opened, reveal the baptistery
and one of many beautiful round stained glass windows. The cherry
paneling with brass reveals is found in the entrance lobby flanking each
of the main doors into the worship space. Traveling down the main first
floor corridor to the education building you pass the ornamental stair
and a curved wall inscribed with different biblical Names of God.
At the front of the building there is an octagonal lobby space with wood
ceiling and arches, accent chandelier and 8 round custom stained glass
windows. On Sunday mornings, it serves as a gathering space for church
members to greet each other. It was also designed as a ceremonial
beginning point for wedding processionals.
Building Envelope: Hanson Brick Cold Formed Metal: Dietrich
Laminates: Wilsonart Water Repellants: Grace
Building Insulation: Owens Corning Built-Up Roofing: Firestone
Metal Roofing: MBCI Fiberglass Doors: Masonite
Exterior Entrances, Glazed Curtainwalls: U.S. Aluminum
Glazing: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®
VCT: AZROCK Carpet: Shaw Acoustical Ceilings: Armstrong Paint: PPG