Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Size: Phase 1 New ~ 52,000 SF on a 19-acre site
Client: Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Components: 1360-seat Worship Center (and Future Balcony), Foyer, Kitchen, Admin Offices, Adult and Children's Classrooms and Large Assembly Rooms
Completion Date: Estimated June 2016
Services: Full Architectural Services, Interior Design
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Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church has been an important part of the fabric of East Austin for 85 years. The congregation numbered roughly 400 members in the year 2000, when rapid growth began – increasing the community to over 5,000 members by 2015.
No only was their original location’s sanctuary maxed out, but the facility lacked a foyer that could accommodate fellowship between services – meaning worshippers had to spill out directly onto the street after each service.
Having exhausted their options for expanding their land-locked original campus, and not finding viable church or commercial properties to retrofit for use as a new campus, the church decided to move to a brand new property approximately 3.5 miles further East of downtown, but still inside the Hwy 183 loop.
Jackson Galloway Associates was hired to master plan the 19-acre undeveloped site, and provide design services for the 52,000-sf first phase facility that would constitute the church’s new home.
Greater Mt. Zion wanted the architectural design of the new campus to reflect the growth of young people in their congregation and also appeal to the greater community in East Austin, which is dynamic, diverse, energetic, and optimistic. The front entrance of the building is a large open Foyer with plenty of room for welcoming, greeting, and fellowship after a service or event. The building also houses 25 classrooms/meeting rooms for various ages, a commercial kitchen, numerous ministry support spaces, administrative offices, and a 1,360-seat sanctuary.
Future expansion possibilities on the property include the addition of balcony seating in the sanctuary, expanding its capacity to 1,810 seats; and two new 2-story ministry buildings with added offices and classroom space for all ages.