Life Community Church of God

Location
Toronto

Client
Life Community Church of God

Date
2011 to 2015

Overview

Having outgrown their current facility, the Life Community Church of God purchased a 3.2 acre parcel of land on which to build a new facility for them to relocate. The facility is currently in the permitting and fundraising stage. Construction is anticipated to begin in late 2015. The new building has been designed to facilitate Sunday morning worship alongside community programs targeting youth, unemployment, childcare, and adult and youth leadership – much needed programs in the surrounding local community.

To ensure maximum efficiency, each space in the church was designed to perform double-, or even triple-duty. The worship hall, with a seat count of 1,100 people, also functions as a community theatre and concert venue, providing revenue generation and stimulating community programming. The Sunday school is designed to accommodate a future daycare which the congregation has identified as a pressing need. The commercial grade teaching kitchen can be rented out to local catering companies, used for church dinners and food programs while also supporting the church’s cafe. The cafe is situated so that it can serve lunch to the surrounding community during the week while also being available for operation during intermission of concert and theatre performances. A large multipurpose room is designed to function as a basketball court for community sport leagues, small study groups, and as a dining hall for banquets. A recording studio supports the active music culture of the church and also acts as the broadcast studio for their Sunday morning TV program.

Conscious of their responsibility to environmental stewardship, the church has implemented many sustainable design features including an extensive green roof, a central building control system that minimizes overall energy use, radiant heating, durable material and daylight harvesting strategies.

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We help institutions fulfill their cultural mandate, and remain closely connected within their community, during periods of economic and social change. We take a comprehensive approach to the design, restoration and funding of public buildings and spaces, facilitating cultural partnerships and making efficient and productive use of space and resources.
We provide comprehensive support for approvals under the Planning Act that includes: the creation of clear, high quality documentation for amendments to official plans, zoning bylaws and building codes; producing planning applications and planning rationale reports; and representing our clients at Ontario Municipal Board hearings.
We provide feasibility planning, development advisory and approvals risk management for public and private clients. As an interdisciplinary team that contributes to the design and architecture of a project, we are able to identify risks in early design development and conceptual site layout stages. We help to shape and form the thinking on site layout and building design in a way that reduces and minimizes the amount of approvals required. We give our clients a comprehensive view of planning approval milestones within the project's life cycle, so they can anticipate the timing and resources required to support various approvals within the overall construction schedule.
We undertake site analysis studies, from site scale up to secondary plan scales.  We work with developers and public agencies such as Build Toronto and Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation to complete due diligence and Highest and Best Use Studies for their lands.