Grand Honor Award, Potomac Valley Chapter, American Institute of Architects
Honor Award, American Institute of Architects Maryland
National Honor Award - American Institute of Architects, Faith and Form Magazine
"The Scheme's spacial organization (is) extraordinary in its ability to modulate space and light with a very simple, elegant language, creating a wonderfully spiritual space that invites reflection." -Award Jury Comments
The church's program included additions to the existing church, a 600 seat nave and a three story education wing on a compact 4 acre suburban site. The gathering room works as a "people router", a space that directs visitors into the education wing, chapel, sanctuary, fellowship hall, and memorial garden. The garden allows for generous sunlight throughout the sanctuary and narthex.
The interior renovation includes a newly designed ceiling that covers the original steel beams and allows ambient lighting to saturate the nave. The ceiling design greatly improves the room's acoustics, allowing the church's newly restored pipe organ to achieve it's full potential. The chapel, once uninviting and underused, was redesigned as a semi-private space filled with sunlight. Dark painted wood trim and millwork was replaced with custom designed clear finished red oak. New audio-visual controls provide a range of settings for a variety of worship environments.
National Merit Design Award - American Institute of Architects, Faith and Form Magazine
"...the new church dignifies a historic plot of ground and pulls together a diverse assorment of buildings ... The considerable height of the new structure is perfectly calculated to be dominant but not domineering ... the clerestory reinforces a sacred axis encompassing symbols of death and rebirth ... It's an unpretentious yet subtly dramatic space..." -Benjamin Forgey, Washington Post "Cityscape"