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St. Dennis Parish | Madison, WI

The goals of St. Dennis Parish’s new Sanctuary and music spaces were to provide a redesigned reredos wall backdrop for the Sanctuary Platform, location of a new tabernacle on the sanctuary platform, redesign of the flanking music area for additional space and more flexibility, reorder of storage and support spaces previously behind the existing reredos wall, renovation of the existing chapel, and relocation of reconciliation to provide greater presence.

GROTH Design Group was also responsible for Liturgical Furnishing Design.

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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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Pilgrim Lutheran Church | Menomonee Falls, WI

The first phase of a multi-phase expansion includes a single-story addition to the south end of Pilgrim Lutheran’s school campus. The addition includes a new classroom space, an administrative center (reception area, workroom, offices, conference room, health room, and staff restroom), new restrooms, and the gathering space for a future sanctuary that will be used for fellowship and education space until the sanctuary is constructed in a second phase.

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St. Leonard Catholic Church | Muskego, WI

The St. Leonard’s Parish project is primarily the addition of a new gathering area with support spaces to enhance fellowship for the parish. Previously, the 1980-vintage existing building only had an entry vestibule and hallway with some undersized offices, and was not conducive to fellowship before and after church services. This project demolished approximately 1,900-square feet of vestibule, toilet rooms, office and canopy, and replaced them with approximately 7,530 square feet of new construction. 

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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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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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Resurrection Lutheran Church | Verona, WI

Phase I consisted of a new worship space for 195, gathering area, cry room, offices, meeting room, rest rooms, mechanical room, kitchen and drive-up passenger loading area. The building is placed towards the far and high side of the gently-sloping site, maximizing its visibility from the adjacent highway. Building materials were selected for their affordability and appropriateness to a rural setting.

The Phase II educational addition was undertaken with GROTH Design Group and preschool, music and youth program spaces were accommodated with an expansion.

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Grace Lutheran Church | Grafton, WI

Previously at Grace Lutheran Church the entry to the worship space was also used as the gathering area. To create a separate space, Grace Lutheran Church partnered with GROTH Design Group to create a new gathering area and hospitality space. Also included in this project was the expansion of church offices and conference room area, as well as the high school youth space. 

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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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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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Saint Paul | Davenport, IA

The scope of the project called for designing a new 750-900 seat Worship and Gathering addition onto a 1950’s Georgian style facility. A key focus for the addition project was providing presence and hospitality into the surrounding community. This is achieved through three design elements: a light-filled tower, an entry portico filled with doors and windows connecting the Gathering and Worship, and a glass-walled ambulatory on the south wall of the Worship.

The liturgical design fans the assembly seating 120 degrees. The chancel design houses a new altar, ambo and font. Adjacent to the chancel, a 1,000 sq. ft. platform suitable for choir and organ performance seats up to 120 musicians. 

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