First Baptist Church | Sanctuary
The building committee wanted the new Sanctuary to acknowledge the site’s existing building red-brick aesthetic but also expressed a desire for the new building to be contemporary in function and reflect its Central Texas context.
Prefabricated glue-laminated wood framing members and structural wood roof decking articulate the Sanctuary ceiling while hidden lighting catwalks and dual rear-projection screens enhance the various modes of worship during each service. A combination of sloped and flat-floor fixed pews accommodates 1500, with the potential to seat 700 more in a later balcony expansion.
The entrance is marked with a wide, inviting arched opening that is oriented to face the highway. A prayer chapel inhabits the base of the tall bell tower, whose spire is visible from miles away.
Size: New ~ 28,816 SF
Client: First Baptist Church, Georgetown
Components: 1,200-seat Sanctuary Building (with pew seating on a sloped floor)
Completion Date: 2001
Services: Master Planning, Programming, Full Architectural Services, Interior Design. Joint Venture with Overland Partners.
AWARDS: AIA Austin Merit Award; AGC Outstanding Construction Award; CTMCA Golden Trowel Award for Excellence in Stone Design (First Place)
Photos by Patrick Wong