Shiloh Baptist Church, located at a strategic intersection in downtown Salem, experienced significant growth in its congregation and outgrew its 1960’s-era sanctuary and fellowship hall. Purchasing adjacent land allowed the church to expand, but they were constrained by a creek and floodway that bisected the property. Careful siting of the building and Hughes Associates A&E’s design of new drainage structures to contain the creek allowed construction of the 17,500 square foot addition.
Our design of the worship space incorporated a sloped floor to enhance sightlines to the platform and to connect the commons level with that of the existing fellowship hall. The sanctuary now seats 417 in the congregation and 75 musicians and worship leaders on the platform. The expanded fellowship hall can seat up to 250. In order to preserve existing windows, we created a courtyard/play area to separate the addition from the existing building. Additional administrative areas, a library, and a music rehearsal room were also part of the design.