Church Floor Plan and Interiors
Increased interest and participation in our community necessitated building new facilities to accommodate and better serve our faithful as well as to expand out mission and witness. As a result plans for construction our new Temple began in February 2001.
Initially, a comprehensive building plan was established to include not only a church building, but also a fellowship hall and ministry center and an assisted living facility. This plan was developed based upon new growth demographics in the community and our vision statement. The parish consensus was not to construct an "all-purpose" building, but rather to build an Orthodox Christian Temple.
To realize our plans we have developed the fundraising activities program, which included such components, as "Give Us a Foot" Program, The Fundability Program, "Share" Program, Grant Foundation, special events (e.g. feastivals, dinners, open houses, cooking, itc.). and others.
Temple size - about 6,000 square - includes 2 chapels that would serve a double function of fellowship space and classroom/teaching space; 2 fully handicapped accessible bathrooms, a multipurpose workroom/librarya pastor's office.
The entire worship space is able to accommodate up to 225 people (chairs). This size may seem large based upon current liturgical attendance, however, for any significant event (e.g. wedding, funeral, baptism, ordination), the space needed for components such as processions, entrances, and special staging will not negatively impact the congregation, while allowing for future growth of the community.
Based upon the increasing demographics of the location of the church property, we have been advised by architects, engineers, construction and other clergy to avoid "adding on" new elements to the church building if at all possible. This would compromise both structure and consistency of design as well as be a cost prohibitive factor.
In essence, it makes more sense to construct something we can grow into - as the parishioners would contribute to increasing the size and length of a mortgage as opposed to paying for additional construction, design, engineering, preparation, permitting costs.
a cross-form plan was chosen, that includes a functional central dome and four smaller . exterior towers on the corners. Design elements from a variety of ethnic traditions represented in the community were selected and combined to achieve the overall final design.
4. Chapel of St. James/Church school
5. Chapel of St. Irene/Fellowship Hall
interior elements include - Nartex - wooden plank, pitched ceiling, similar to a Romanian design; stone/tile floor, found in traditional European churches. Nave - high, arched plastered ceilings that support natural acoustic and provide a clean space for future iconography. Chandeliers and sconces that are more European in design. Byzantine stylized, mahogany iconostasis and icon stands. Brass candle stands from a more Slavic tradition. Burgundy colored carpet in the altar and central runner, which is common to many Orthodox traditions.
The architects, together with the engineers and construction company, provided the basic site improvement and landscaping packages - this includes lighting, parking, shrubs, bushes and trees, signage and walkways.