Location

Rockville, MD

Status

Complete

Size

250-seat Fellowship Hall

St. Mark Presbyterian Church

Programming interviews and analysis of the church’s existing campus led LeMay Erickson Willcox to recommend demolition of an inefficient, inaccessible existing education building to make way for a new multipurpose-classroom building. The new facility provides a 250-seat fellowship hall, 10 classrooms, a music rehearsal suite and an administrative suite. On a large wooded lot, the design sensitively increases the parking areas while making the site handicapped accessible.

The new building was envisioned as a series of linked pavilions that connect to the existing Sanctuary via a canopy-covered walkway. The expressive cantilevered design of the canopy recalls the site’s heavy tree cover while providing a functional connection between the buildings. Split-face and ground- face masonry provide durable low-maintenance materials, economically recalling the stone piers of the existing Sanctuary.

Awards

  • Honorable Mention / Masonry Institute, Inc. 2002
  • Excellence in Construction / ABC Excellence in Construction 2001