Hughes Associates A&E has been Bonsack Baptist Church’s architect of choice for the past 20 years. Our first endeavor was the multi-level, 25,400 square foot addition of a centerpiece sanctuary. The addition seats 524 in pews on the main level with a 150-seat balcony above and a 78-seat choir platform. The lower level serves as the fellowship hall and can be divided into classroom spaces when needed. This project was awarded the Virginia Masonry Council President’s Award for Outstanding Masonry Design.
Following this project, we were asked to make an evaluation of the church’s existing property and develop a master plan. Our study located future building modules and identified adjacent properties that needed to be acquired to achieve the vision of the staff and congregation. Areas where parking could be expanded were also determined.
Over the next two decades, our firm has played an integral part in developing facilities to meet the needs of the expanding congregation. This growth created the need for a new children’s education center. Large, bright, multi-functional classrooms, wide corridors, and built-in security check-in stations, are major features of this facility. When church membership exceeded expectations, additional land was acquired and parking was added. When a contemporary service was added, our team developed plans to combine and convert existing classrooms into an additional worship facility to meet this need with audio-visual and acoustic solutions.
As a regional church and one of largest congregations in Virginia, the latest project adds a multifaceted family life center to the campus. This addition will be the “front door” to this ever-expanding ministry. A fellowship hall which seats 600 with a commercial kitchen is adjacent to a new welcoming commons space, which features a grand stair to the upper level, a coffee shop, bookstore, and family-oriented activity spaces. The second and third levels contain a full recreation center which will also be used as the contemporary worship space. When the space is in recreation mode, it accommodates multiple sports activities including basketball, volleyball, aerobics, and table-games. These spaces are supported by locker rooms, an upper level running track and additional activity rooms. A platform at one end of the gymnasium and conveniently located chair storage allows the recreation space to be easily converted to contemporary worship mode.
Since the church is located in a residential zoning district, a special use permit has been required on several project phases. Our in-house civil engineering staff has prepared special use permit applications and presentation drawings to meet Roanoke County requirements.