South Riding, VA


In Construction


36,000 SF, 600-seat worship

Gateway Community Church

Having worshiped in a number of public schools since its founding as a new church over 15 years ago, Gateway Community Church engaged LeMay Erickson Willcox to Master Plan its 20 acre site and design its Phase I building. The Master Plan sites the new building near the corner of the parcel, with a sweeping entrance drive entering from Tall Cedars Parkway, the primary neighborhood artery. Parking is arranged in gracious curving bays, with a pedestrian path connecting to ballfields for the community. The 36,000 s.f. first phase program calls for a Multipurpose Room – Gymnasium to accommodate church and community basketball events during the week, and worship for 500-600 persons on Sunday; a double-height glass lobby welcomes visitors graciously, with the adjacent stair tower’s cross window forms announcing “church” in a contemporary, inviting manner; 6 large preschool rooms; youth and adult classrooms; and administrative space. Future phases anticipate a dedicated 600 seat worship space, additional meeting rooms for all ages, and an outdoor chapel.