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Solomon Awards 2019 – Life Fellowship Church (Church Building Design – Traditional and Contemporary)

  • Life Fellowship Church; Athens, Texas.
Pastor Mark Allen moved from Florida to Athens, Texas, to start Life Fellowship Church and led their first service on Palm Sunday in 2006. They have since grown their congregation to more than 800 people. In 2008, they purchased 28 acres of land near Athens, Texas, with dreams of a larger facility for their community to call home. Their first building was completed in 2010, and the church has since increased their property to over 100 contiguous acres.

SPACE was retained to provide the design for their newest facility which provides more than 44,000 square feet for worship, classrooms, fellowship, and main offices. Located along a state highway, the new building was positioned at the highest point near the original facility and affords both maximum exposure along with great views to the surrounding Texas hill country.

Plan organization includes an 850-seat auditorium served from a 8,000 square foot main lobby. One end of the lobby includes Nursery and Toddler Classroom spaces, a GrowthTrack Meeting Room, and the main toilet facilities. The opposite end of the lobby includes an expanded Café space, Kitchen and outside patio with an elevated fire pit. The main church offices are placed behind the main platform and on the same level, providing maximum accessibility and convenience for church staff. The original building is now utilized for expanded children and student ministries.

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