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Nativity of Our Lord | Rhinelander, WI

Nativity of Our Lord parish had two worship and school locations. The parish is moving toward one location on the downtown worship site. The first step toward the single campus was a small school renovation project in 2015. The second step is the renewal of the Place of Worship. 

The worship seating is being reduced and rearranged and a balcony is being removed. These allow the creation of a new Gathering space inside the existing structure. Previously, no Gathering area was available for worship attendees. Additionally, a new Adoration Chapel is being created within meeting space alongside the existing Sanctuary. Sacristy and music storage are all being renovated to provide better support for the worship. The reorder of the nave also allows better arrangement of the music ministry, and accessibility to the sanctuary and flexible seating space for ADA compliant seating.

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St. Anne | Pleasant Prairie, WI

St. Anne Catholic Church is a newly formed religious community established in 1997 by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. The facility provides worship space with approximately 1,000 seats, a fellowship hall, meeting rooms, and administrative and support spaces.

The exterior character of the building is appropriate to its physical and cultural context. The interior of the worship space features an antiphonal seating arrangement and abundant natural light. 

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St. John the Baptist | Waunakee, WI

This Master Plan design for St. John the Baptist provides a new 40,000 SF building to house worship, fellowship, offices and meeting programs.  The master plan expands parking on the site from 70 stalls to 254 stalls.

The challenge for site planning was to find room within the urban setting for both expansion of parking and programming.  The design identified key parcels of land for purchase to accommodate the expansion, including preparations with local jurisdictions for the closing of a village street. The new parking and building location needed to respond to the existing day school and church buildings that will remain in use. 

The challenge for the design was to create a building that in plan, massing and ornamentation would be complimentary to the adjacent turn-of-the-century church as well as true to the current needs of liturgy and ministry.

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St. Matthias Episcopal | Minocqua, WI

The project at St. Matthias Episcopal Church included the renovation and remodel of 3,000 SF (most of the existing church), creating new classrooms in the existing parish hall, converting the existing worship space into a new parish hall, demolishing the old kitchen and adding a new kitchen. 

The 6,300 sq. ft. of new construction, includes a new 200 seat worship space, and offices.  The new building features a red granite exterior, paying homage to the fabric and character of the existing structure and surrounding community.

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Prince of Peace | Green Bay, WI

The challenge for this new construction project was to design a building that created a new identity for two parishes becoming one. Set within a traditionally agrarian locale, the architecture for Prince of Peace builds on the blessings of God’s Creation and the journey of God’s faithful within the created world. The open structure steeple and bell tower serve as a beacon to the surrounding area.

The building follows a cross-shaped plan that is articulated in common and
uncomplicated brick with very simple stone and timber  accents.

The project includes worship space with seating for approximately 1,000, gathering space, fellowship hall, offices, kitchen and mechanical basement. Master planning includes a school addition as a future phase.

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Trinity Lutheran Church | Elkhart, IN

The congregation at Trinity Lutheran sought to strengthen ministry programs by combining operations from two sites onto a single campus; adding a new Worship and Parish Ministry facility to the existing suburban school facility.

The development had to be seamless with as little disruption to ongoing operations as possible.  In response, GROTH Design Group developed a phased short and long term approach addressing the immediate need for worship space and parking, and providing for longer term school, youth and early childhood programming. 

The new worship space will be the heart of the overall development, providing for contemporary worship needs, including praise band and future technology systems, while maintaining the more traditional symbols of Lutheran worship within a concept allowing for expansion of the choir program.
 

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St. Stephen Catholic Church | Oak Creek, WI

The challenge for site planning for St. Stephen was to fit extensive interior and exterior program requirements onto a 14 acre site. A portion of the site was not buildable due to the presence of wetlands. The site was also adjacent to a major interstate freeway, further restricting the placement of building components.

The  building design has a contemporary architectural language that keeps with the suburban setting, while still recalling the form, materials, and details of the Parish’s existing historic church. 

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Faith Lutheran Church | Antioch, IL

GROTH Design Group was selected by the Congregation of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church to design a Master Phasing Plan for a new church and educational facility on a large rural site. The master plan needed to include parking for the school as well as the new Worship space. Site design was important to the congregation and needed to be integrated into the rural setting.  Accessibility and drop-off areas were a major concern for the site layout as well.

Phasing the construction of such a large project was also a major concern. The design of Phase I includes a new chapel, gathering space, fellowship hall, and worship space with seating for 550 members. Phase II will include a two track pre-school through 8th grade, a larger fellowship hall which will act as a cafeteria for the school, office space for school and ministry, and classrooms for adult and youth ministry programs. The Phase I design allows for uncomplicated future expansion during Phase II of the Master Plan.

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St. Jerome Catholic Church | Oconomowoc, WI

St. Jerome’s Parish plans included expansion into a multi-phase school and worship space.  Growing needs and a changing area made it necessary to reach out into the community and provide a larger and more efficient church and school.

The design of the church and school buildings developed from a study of the site conditions and blends with this rural setting plus the neighboring residential and institutional properties.  A natural wetland at the Southeast portion of the site and an engineered detention pond enhance onsite water retention and quality.  Ball fields for the church and school bring in families from the surrounding communities.

The 850 seat church represents Phase II of the overall master plan for the campus. 

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Southbrook Church | Franklin, WI

GROTH Design Group assisted Southbrook Church with Master Planning for various options. The $4.5-million Phase I project, completed in early 2016, expands the classroom, support, and fellowship spaces to address the needs of the highly-active congregation in a way that accommodates the worship environment of the gymnasium. It also sets the stage to support circulation and enhancement of fellowship activities once a larger new worship space is undertaken in Phase II.

The 23,600-square-foot Phase I addition blends with the architectural massing and materials of the original building, and provides a secure children’s check-in area, a multi-purpose room, a large meeting room, a café to serve fellowship needs, and a large fellowship area.

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St. Luke's Lutheran Church | Waukesha, WI

GROTH Design Group partnered with St. Luke’s Congregation to renovate their place of worship. The goals of the endeavour were to enhance liturgical celebration, support and encourage the arts and music programming in the space, keep current with changing technology, and create an inspiring and fresh aesthetic.

The design for the worship space recreated the chancel to be fully flexible for a variety of liturgies and programming. The platform is accessible to patrons of all physical abilities. The chancel backdrop attains the double task of masking audio-visual technology to support the liturgy and tempering the massive scale of the space. Natural lighting in the front is decreased and filtered. Windows for increased natural light are carved into the stone walls of the nave, and seating is redesigned for flexibility, accessibility and comfort.

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St. Gabriel Catholic Church | Hubertus, WI

GROTH Design Group worked closely with the parish to establish a Master Plan for the entire campus. Major programmatic areas included a new worship space, eucharistic chapel, parish center, offices, classrooms, gymnasium, library and kitchen.

Phase I of the campus features 24,500 square feet including a worship space to seat 850, reservation chapel, gathering, meeting rooms, offices and a fellowship hall. The worship space designed accommodates fan shaped seating, an immersion font and a full ambulatory with niches for shrines and statuary. 

A soaring central gable accentuates the hierarchy and relationship of the font, altar, cross and tabernacle. The exterior of the building utilizes natural materials including wood detailing and stone and brick cladding. 

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Christ Presbyterian Church | Madison, WI

Christ Presbyterian renovated nearly every square foot within the existing church facility and added new spaces to address concerns for neighborhood proclamation, invitation, welcoming, hospitality and community and member meeting spaces. The project renovation focused on the priorities and space needs set forth by the Church Visioning Team and includes space for children, youth & families, welcoming entry and gathering, M/E/P upgrades to current facilities, spaces for spiritual growth, provisions for traditional and contemporary worship and spaces of service to the community. Consideration of parking areas, site storm water, site lighting and artwork were also included.

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First Evangelical Lutheran Church | Lorain, OH

After their inner-city, historic church was destroyed by arson, the congregation of First Evangelical Lutheran decided to rebuild. The GROTH Design Group team was selected from a nationwide search for architects. The team employed visioning workshops and design charrettes to develop a Master Plan. 

The new church home provides a sanctuary for up to 300 people, offices, fellowship to seat 150 at tables, classroom and multi-use areas that allow for a community food program and sleeping areas for occasional homeless families. The design of kitchen and multi-use spaces solved a challenge of flexibility, safety, and adequate storage for the church’s outreach ministries. 

Also complex was the desire for the worship to be completely flexible for liturgy and music programming. The Chancel is movable with all flexible seating.  

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Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church | Huntley, IL

In the course of GROTH Design Group’s visioning work with the congregation, it became clear that there was 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; it allows the main gathering space entry to be visible from the road; and it opened the interior worship up to the local street - all critical components to promote growth. The addition doubles the seating of the former worship in a liturgically-designed new sanctuary, provides hospitality in a generous gathering space, creates new offices convenient to the entries and education spaces, including music rehearsal and expanded child care spaces. 

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Fox River Christian Church | Waukesha, WI

The challenge facing this popular non-denominational church was two-fold – how to accommodate a space for meaningful gathering before and after worship services that could also serve as an informal meeting space during the week to community members. The space also needed to be of visual interest from the county highway and give the church a new face to the community. The solution was to design a glass faced space that both feels open and welcoming while also creating distinct zones that are comfortable at the human scale. Elements such as a fireplace, waterwall, display areas, serving counters and furniture were utilized in the space to define gathering areas while maintaining a pathway to worship.

The multi-use space will serve as a third-place meeting option for church and community members. The space will allow Fox River Christian to expand its ministry opportunities throughout the week and create a better Sunday morning experience.

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Lakeland Community Church | Lake Geneva, WI

Recognizing a need to accommodate their growth with a long-term vision, Lakeland Community Church engaged GROTH Design Group to develop a master plan for the long-term vision on the site and develop Phase I design documents. 

The Phase I building program includes a new 1,000 person worship space, new gathering and fellowship addition, new office space, large drop-off canopies, and other support spaces. The master plan will expand their children’s ministry and additional support space. A design was developed that accommodates the existing site layout while providing a worship space that will meet their long-term vision.  
 

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