Solomon Awards 2017 - Hope Church, Spartanburg [McAbee Architects, Inc.]

An abandoned warehouse which was previously used to store and repair video gambling equipment is redeemed to provide ministry space for Hope Church, a non-denominational church in upstate South Carolina. McAbee Architects guided the church through the transformation process and achieved valuable ministry space for under $40 per square foot.

Solomon Awards 2017 - Hope Church, Spartanburg [McAbee Architects, Inc.]
The interior of the lobby at Hope Church, Spartanburg, at a location that had previously been the home to a warehouse facility.
Solomon Awards 2017 - Hope Church, Spartanburg [McAbee Architects, Inc.]
The interior of the lobby at Hope Church, Spartanburg, at a location that had previously been the home to a warehouse facility.

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Solomon Awards 2017 - Hope Church, Spartanburg [McAbee Architects, Inc.]

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The Concept

When video gambling became illegal in South Carolina in July of 2000, businesses related to that market lost their source of income and went bankrupt or moved to another state.  This is a story of redemption of a 47,000-square foot warehouse previously used to support the gambling industry.  That former warehouse is now the home of Hope Church, a non-denominational and multiethnic church dedicated to serving the communities of upstate South Carolina. 

Because of the initial costs involved with new development, it is usually more economical to convert existing buildings into church use, than to start with a vacant piece of property.  A new facility of this size (building only) would normally cost at least $5 million in upstate South Carolina.  This existing building renovation project came in at less than $40 per square foot, or approximately $2 million.  The positive economics of converting existing space into church use remains true, as long as the building has these key features: adequate roof height to accommodate the headroom needed in the auditorium, a large column to column spacing in order to minimize sightline obstructions in the auditorium, a fire sprinkler system, and a large parking lot.  This existing warehouse had adequate roof height on one side of the building and had an adequate column to column spacing (even though one column occurred right in the middle of where the stage would be positioned, to where that column was later removed).  While lacking a large parking lot, the site was large enough to be able to add substantial parking. 

The Design Problem

The L-shaped pre-engineered building faced into a major intersection on a busy four-lane highway leading into Spartanburg, South Carolina.  The property was in the right place for maximum exposure for church use, but did not have enough existing parking spaces.  The building itself was structurally sound, but was basically just a warehouse with loading docks.  There was no focal point, no inviting entrance and no visual access from the outside to the inside. 

The Solution

Any good church campus plan must start by addressing how the facility is perceived by the public when they first arrive on the site.  Therefore, the first step in this building conversion project was to provide a main entrance that would become the focal point for the church. 


Latest Resource

Worship Facilities Magazine, January-February 2018
The January-February 2018 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers articles about the many steps a church had to take in the aftermath of a fire, and another involving a church making the jump to 4K.


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