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  First United Methodist Church of OrlandoFirst United Methodist Church of Orlando


CDH Partners, Inc.
675 Tower Road, Marietta, GA 30060

General Description

Location: Orlando, Florida
Date Bid: Mar 2009 Construction Period: Apr 2009 to June 2012
Total Square Feet: 121,536 Site: 1.98 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; Seating 350 contemporary worship; 125 chapel; 610 multi-purpose.
Building Sizes: Basement, 39,327; first floor, 33,383; second floor, 26,923; each additional floor, 21,903; total, 121,536 square feet.
Building Height: Basement, 11’1”; first floor, 18’1”; second floor, 14’; each additional floor, 18’, penthouse, 10’; total, 60’2”.
Basic Construction Type: IIA/New. Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete.
Exterior Walls: Curtain wall, architectural precast concrete. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete, precast. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall, cast-in-place concrete.
Projected and/or modeled energy usage. KBTU/SF/yr: 49.34

Project Team

Structural, Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: TLC Engineering for Architecture - 255 S. Orange Avenue, #1600, Orlando, FL 32801
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Jack Jennings & Sons - 1030 Wilfred Drive, Orlando, FL 32803
Civil Engineer: VHB - 225 E. Robinson Street, #300, Orlando, FL 32801
Landscape Architect: AECOM - 320 E. South Street, Orlando, FL 32801

First United Methodist Church of Orlando, Florida, is located in the city's trendy downtown area, which in recent years has undergone revitalization. Since the 1840's, the church has retained a significant presence in the city. Its current sanctuary was constructed in 1962. Nine years later, a fellowship hall was added and in 1988 a three-story building, across the street, was purchased and renovated for church offices, youth activities, classrooms, and a fellowship hall.

The city of Orlando wanted to purchase this three-story building and a parcel of land owned by the church to make room for a new performing arts center. The sale of this property allowed the church to preserve what is an iconic sanctuary to the city while replacing the rest of their existing buildings.

In April 2012, a new Ministry and Education Building was completed. It contains a worship center, which has a seating capacity of 350 people. A 125-seat chapel, along with a parlor, bride's room suite, music suite, adult and children's classrooms, nurseries and an administrative suite was included in the construction. There was a loss of parking on the land sold to the city and due to the dense urban nature of the site. The CDH design team went to work and provided plans for parking that was located beneath the new building.

The church is a block away from the Orlando City Hall in an area that is populated by both commercial and residential buildings. The new 82,000-square-foot building has a footprint of 45,000 square feet. During the construction, the city proposed a future plan that places a new commuter rail station two blocks away from the church's main entry. Designing a contemporary highly functional building was a very appealing and bold move for the church's leadership.

Sustainable design practices were employed throughout the project. The project obtained LEED Silver Certification in 2013. The project's sustainable features include responsible urban redevelopment, high performance, low-energy and water usage, below grade parking and cool roof technology. Innovation in Design Credits for the LEED certification, also include signage displayed throughout the facility that describes the sustainable aspects of the building. These signs are located in the public areas on both the first and second floors of the building.

Expansive sun-filled window walls serve as a signature feature of this contemporary structure. The low e-glass windows reflect heat energy from the outside reducing summer cooling cost and reflect heat from the inside reducing cold weather energy needs. Sunshades and exterior architectural detailing assist with the heating and cooling load. The large windows also provide daylight to 74 percent of occupied spaces and views to the outside for 92 percent of the occupants.

High efficiency water reduction fixtures reduced the facility's projected use of potable water by 37.9 percent. Energy costs were reduced by almost 18 percent using an optimal number of high efficiency lighting fixtures.

The HVAC systems with premium efficiency fan motors modulate speed and energy consumption throughout the day. Variable speed pumps deliver chilled water to the air-handling units and mew energy-star appliances in the kitchen and the high-efficiency natural gas hot water heaters provide significant savings in energy consumption. Airflow sensors continuously measure the amount of outside air brought in by the air handler.

The building structure utilizes recycled concrete and recycled steel. Low-VOC paints, sealants, and adhesives, urea formaldehyde-free wood composite products, and low-VOC carpets were used along with bamboo and other non-toxic flooring. The church also implemented a green cleaning program so that the congregation and the administration staff are not exposed to noxious fumes and harmful chemicals.

Product Information
Roofing: Soprema
Windows, Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: YKK-AP
Lighting: Cooper Elevators: Otis

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