Parkway Wesleyan Church

Roanoke, VA

Many churches have come to recognize that they are vying for their congregation’s time and attention against all sorts of distractions. Although the offer of salvation is a strong incentive for attendance at worship services, getting members and guests to arrive early and stay late for fellowship and education is often a more difficult task. Parkway Wesleyan Church decided the best way to bolster the interaction of their congregation was to create the same kind of surroundings that a coffee shop offers – except in a spiritual setting. They entrusted Hughes Associates A&E to bring this vision to life. “The Bridge” café serves coffee, fountain beverages, and light snacks in a warm and contemporary space located between the main entrance and the sanctuary. A bookstore neatly fits in the center of the space. Curved seating, stand-up tables as well as a more intimate space behind a two-sided fireplace offer a variety of settings for interaction. Decorative eco-resin panels along the main corridor can be opened or closed to provide varying degrees of privacy for the room. A waterfall across from the sanctuary doors helps to dampen sound and acts as a billboard.

Part of this project included finishing a shell space on the third floor. The multi-purpose room which was created offers spectacular views of the Roanoke Valley.