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St. John's Lutheran Church | Wilmette, IL

St. John Lutheran Church desired better provision for gathering and fellowship area within their existing building. The Master Planning for the church identified an under-utilized area as a potential location for a contemporary place for both fellowship and gathering.

The renewal of the space allows flexible fellowship that can accommodate gathering for worship, church dining, light recreation and meeting space.

Two thirds of the gym was retained for flexible fellowship and dining. The remainder of the gym area was converted to storage and restrooms. The stage was transformed into a conference room. A café counter for coffee and light refreshments was created between the dining/gathering area and the existing church kitchen. The renovation of the space transformed the aesthetics, focusing on improvements to lighting and materials suitable for fellowship and appealing to a more contemporary membership.

Upgrades to the mechanical and electrical systems were also made. The project also redesigned the layout of the existing parking lot to improve circulation, outdoor lighting, and upgrades to finishes in the church entry and main stairwell, and improvements to lighting in the existing kitchen.

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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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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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Cross Lutheran Church | Milwaukee, WI

Cross Lutheran Church is an urban presence of ministry,  advocacy and outreach in the heart of Milwaukee. The congregation’s existing building houses the traditional church functions of worship, offices and education. But in the church basement is an active ministry of healing through food, health, learning and inspiration. The Bread of Healing Clinic, Food Pantry, Meal Program and  Clothing Pantry are all tightly packed into the existing church fellowship hall. The church ultimately hopes to incorporate community outreach through partnership with other neighborhood  programs.      

The goal on this tight urban site is to expand the church facilities so that the Bread of Healing Clinic can better fulfill its mission, so that church offices could be more present to patrons of the outreach programs and additional space could be provided for learning and spiritual fulfillment. The concept eventually incorporated rentable space for  local commercial enterprise that would help fund the addition.

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