Mercy Health, Norton Shores

Faith Covenant Church Entry and Interior Renovation

The Church needed a welcoming lobby, space for coffee and fellowship, as well as a sound trap vestibule for the sanctuary.

With multiple additions over time, the exterior pathfinding became disjointed. A new primary entrance had to be clear and impactful.

Collaboration with the office team, worship team and the greeting  deacons led to reimaging the office location, pushing it west into existing classroom space.   Then POW!    A raised, Blue steel roof frame and new entry point create a welcoming lobby space with rhythmic globe lights, coffee  bar and a new sound trap vestibule to the sanctuary. A ‘Tomato Red ‘fascia adorns the slate blue painted steel framing.    Cedar boards cover steel decking and carry through to the interior, while the Soffit lighting is continuous around the edge of the elevated canopy roof.

The lobby renovation is Phase II of a long-term renovation plan to improve the cohesive flow consistent with the church’s current operational and functional needs. Tying together multiple past additions and fulfilling the new vision of a contemporary church.

Interior offices were  removed, and a soaring lobby space was created.  A warm, wood trimmed coffee bar is on the west side of the lobby (along with the office entry) and a welcome desk is on the east side of the lobby.

The new main entry flows from a greeting and fellowship area, to the sanctuary, then further west to the classroom and support areas. The new sound vestibule at the sanctuary provides a buffer between the lively gathering space and the serene sanctuary.

Volunteers at the coffee and pastry station are now located within the gathering space, as opposed to being sequestered in the enclosed kitchen and serving window.