Oaks Church, was looking for a diagnostic evaluation and design solutions to their facility problems. Equip Studio was able to come alongside the church and use their DNA and vision to define their facility weak points. After diagnosing the problems, we then offered several design solutions to maximize the solutions and planning for the future, while minimizing the cost. Because the campus was comprised of 3 separate and disjointed buildings, one of the largest problems was wayfinding. By designing a central campus connection, we were able to solve the wayfinding problems with directional massing while providing adequate space for the church’s needs. Additionally, we were tasked with creating dedicated space for the church and the other 2 tenants (school and care programs). By using our programming software combined with creative spatial planning, we were able map out the use of all the spaces and create solutions primarily using the existing spaces in the existing buildings.
Included in the expansion to their current facility is 48,000 sf of new building and 12,000 sf of renovations. The new building will consist of an approximately 8,000 sf addition to the existing lobby, new nursery area, administration that fills the entire second level, and a student lobby and auditorium (500 seats). The renovation will add 3 large group rooms for The Oaks Kids program in the existing Student Building. There are a few small renovations to the existing Worship Building that include changes to 3 multipurpose rooms that surround the Auditorium along the existing Lobby.