The Church at Godley Station
GLS Architecture, LLC
Posted: December 22, 2020 | Projects
In 1998, a 25-acre site was purchased by Bull Street Baptist Church, Savannah, with the intent of providing for the future needs of a new church plant in a growing area west of I-95.
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The Church at Godley Station (TC@GS) was established and the initial church service was held on November 19, 2000 in the conference room of the Pooler Red Roof Inn. On November 9, 2008 TC@GS broke ground on its initial building which was dedicated on January 24, 2010. By 2017, the church had outgrown this initial building. Within these seven years, this thriving church, due to facility constraints, had exceeded its ability to minister primarily to younger children. Additional areas were needed to satisfy the growing needs of Children, Students and Small Group Ministries. The main desire was to create a safe, relevant, and fun environment for children.
In July of 2017, TC@GS voted unanimously to construct a new addition. GJS Architecture, Charleston SC, was selected to provided programming, master planning and architectural services. GJS Architecture is an architectural and planning firm specializing in ministry planning, programming, master planning, and church architectural design. GJS primarily serves the southeastern United States, but also serves a national clientele, having provided architectural services to over 300 churches. GJS is a member of the National Association of Church Design Builders.
The programming and design for the new facility included a secure children’s check-in station, nine classrooms, a main gathering room and an indoor playground. In the analysis of the original facility it was also determined that a new foyer with café was also needed. This new foyer would serve as the main focal point for the church and it was GJS’s desire was that the new addition would match the existing building in a seamless manner and looking like it had always been there. With the original building having a significant roof structure, a creative design approach for the addition allowed for the addition to give the appearance of being a taller structure with a high ceiling in the new foyer and cafe. The focal point within the new foyer would be a full height brick accent wall with a cross feature.
Having information on the original construction, the new addition’s aesthetic features were designed so as to match the original. The foyer would be the main exterior focal point and directly align with the existing entrance drive, creating a very powerfully columned porte cochere entrance feature. Additional parking was also provided.
Programming and master planning also identified two future phases. Phase Two is programmed for an expandable 500 seat worship center with main Foyer, Café / Bookstore, education facility expansion and an administrative center. Phase Three is programmed to expand the worship center to 1000 seats and expand the education facility as based upon the appropriate attendance requirements.
Dedication of the new facility was held on Sunday June 28, 2020, during the Covid-19 outbreak. TC@GS is now currently exploring the possibility of starting the planning process for Phase Two.
Building Envelope: Carolina Ceramics
Roofing: Owens Corning
Flooring: Karvdean Designflooring
Entrance & Storefronts: YKK America
GLS Architecture, LLC
3251 Landmark Drive, #241
North Charleston, SC 29418
ADC Engineering Specialist
1226 Yeamans Hall Road
Hanahan, SC 29410
Mechanicl & Electrical Engineer
Allied Consulting Engineers
2905-D Queen City Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208
Marchese Construction, LLC
45 Columbia Drive, #100-A
Pooler, GA 31322
Kern & Co., LLC
7 Mall Court
Savannah, GA 31406
Date Bid: Dec 2018
Construction Period: Apr 2019 to Jul 2020
Total Square Feet: 8,351
Site: 28.55 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: Addition, 8,351; total, 8,351 square feet.
Building Height: First floor to roof ridge, 33’1”.
Basic Construction Type: Renovation/Addition/Structural Steel/Type V-B.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: Brick.
Roof: Asphalt shingles.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.