Located on the north edge of Marion, Iowa, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (Faith & Life Center) is home to a relatively large congregation with a cherished 125-year heritage.
The growing congregation needed more space for their flock, and Hall & Hall Engineer’s expertise and experience with previous religious institutions made them the ideal choice to design the large addition to St. Mark’s campus facility.
This new addition, with the aesthetic stylings of the existing church, is the Faith & Life Center and is intended to be a new visual front door that welcomes members, both new and existing. The awning allows for drop off during inclement weather and funnels users into the church.
• Stormwater management area water feature
Needing space for growth, the congregation looked to Hall & Hall Engineers to assist with the development plans of their new site. The 18 acre site is located within Linn County and required a Conditional Use Permit for a Religious Facility and on-site septic system.
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA
In 2014 the 700 parishioners of St. Jude Church saw a need to expand and create a new community center. Upon reaching a set fundraising goal, Hall & Hall Engineers along with an architectural firm was selected to conduct the design, engineering, and construction of the new $ 4.3 million St. Jude Church Parish Community Center.
In total, the new community center encompasses two stories of 9,100-sq. ft. each floor and required the removal of existing HVAC units and 230 lf of twenty-eight foot wide road.
The center is enclosed on two sides with translucent walls and topped by a glass transom around the entire perimeter, bringing daylight in and visually connecting parishioners to nature. The center’s courtyard, which required a five to eight foot high concrete retaining wall, creates an outdoor gathering space.