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  First United Methodist ChurchFirst United Methodist Church


Turner Duran Architects, LP
333 Cypress Run, #350, Houston, TX 77094

General Description

Location: Katy, Texas
Date Bid: Nov 2011
Construction Period: Mar 2012 to Oct 2012
Total Square Feet: 10,503 Site: .86 acre.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 7,392; second floor, 3,111; total, 10,503 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 9’; second floor, 9’; floor to floor, 13’3”; total, 30’4”.
Basic Construction Type: Addition/Renovation.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam. Exterior Walls: Brick. Roof: Built-up, asphalt shingle. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Project Team

Structural Engineer: CJG Engineers - Houston, LLC - 3200 Wilcrest Drive, #305, Houston, TX 77042
General Contractor: Fretz Construction - 500 Fannin Street, #300, Houston, TX 77002
Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing Engineer: The Tower Company - 5444 Westheimer Road, #1680, Houston, TX 77056

First United Methodist Church, located in Historic Downtown Katy, Texas, was in need of an updated worship facility that met current building code requirements, and addressed the congregation's pressing need for expanded facilities, which would allow opportunity for "fellowship" before and after church service. The First Phase expansion was designed as a new addition that projects to the community a welcoming image of inclusion and invitation. To that end, the design team envisioned a building and a campus that would become a destination place for followers of Jesus Christ, a place where people would walk onto the campus and be able to tell what kind of "inviting" church the First United Methodist Church of Katy was just by its architecture, welcoming and spatial experiences. Tasked with extending this ministry, the design team reconceived their small, dark existing lobby as a "window to the world" by using lots of glass and openness from the first to the second levels. In addition, the design team renovated and upgraded the worship space and provided handicap accessibility to the existing balcony, improved sight lines, updated lighting and audio video system. A dramatic multi-level lobby is now a distinct gathering place for the congregation, connecting the main sanctuary to the existing education building on both floors and to the remainder of the campus beyond. The addition also houses several meeting rooms and new handicap accessible public restrooms.

Nestled into the dense residential fabric of the historic town center neighborhood, the new structure needed to both fit in with its neighbors and also be a seamless addition to the existing recognizable landmark. The design of the addition to the church evolved around a theme of timeless imagery, tradition and holiness. Methodist Church design has not historically been bound by any architectural design parameters, as such connections are often made to both local and historical building traditions. This new church addition reinforces the congregation's identity within the community. The building's interior incorporates a warm earthy palette achieved through the selected use existing brick and wood and the preserving and reinforcing the existing stained glass sculptural use of light.

Product Information
Brick: Ragland
Built-Up Roof: Firestone
Asphalt Shingles: GAF
Entrances & Storefronts, Windows: Kawneer
Elevator: Schlindler
Lighting: Lumax, Kramer Lighting, Day-O-Lite

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