Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church | Huntley, IL
GROTH Design Group was retained as architect for the second Phase of the congregation’s Master Plan. Phase one was developed by another firm. The scope of Phase 2 was anticipated to be a fellowship/dining hall. In the course of our visioning work with the congregation, members voiced a strong desire for a permanent worship space as a first priority. GROTH Design Group realized the potential to make that feasible with a creative redesign of the overall Master Plan.
The new worship location is more convenient to existing and expanded parking than the original location in Phase one of the Master Plan. The revised location allows the main entry and gathering area visibility from the road; and, the design of the sanctuary opened up the interior of the worship to the local street and neighborhood. Both are critical to promote growth of the congregation.
The worship addition doubles available parking, doubles the seating capacity in worship, created an arrangement for liturgically-significant congregational participation, provides hospitality in a generous gathering space which can allow up to 90 seats in overflow, realizes new office space convenient for security and hospitality, and set up additional education space for music rehearsal and expanded child care spaces. The congregation has attained its original goal of Fellowship and Gathering in the former worship and gathering areas.
The interior design emphasized material/patterns, wood tones, and paint colors that stay true to the church's meaning of prairie. Neutral paint colors with a mix of cool and warm tones, and a blue accent at the ceiling in the worship space were chosen to communicate that meaning. A large glass wall helps those who may be in the overflow seating feel part of the worship space.