Ravensworth Baptist Church
Faced with a 50 year-old church building increasingly at-odds with their self-image as a warm, welcoming congregation, Ravensworth Baptist Church engaged LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects to see what might be done on a limited budget to bring their building into line with their ministry vision. Conducting face-to-face interviews and an online congregational survey, LEWA confirmed shared priorities, including a lack of space to gather for fellowship before and after services; unwelcoming and unattractive childcare areas, and coldly impersonal pastoral offices. To stretch funds, LEWA proposed primary renovations in these prioritized building areas, carving-out a new Fellowship Hall from former office space, relocating improved offices to an under-utilized portion of the building, and renovating childcare areas to meet current standards. At the same time, new lighting, doors and hardware throughout maximize the total aesthetic impact of the project on the church’s tight budget.