Studio RED Architects was chosen to design the new Woodlands Church East Campus in Atascocita. The project got underway in August of 2012 and construction is currently ongoing. Studio RED Partner in Charge and Lead Designer Trung Doan worked closely with the Woodlands Church to create a space that offered flexible functionality and an open and welcoming atmosphere. The 32,700 square foot building will house three separate worship areas for adult, youth and children’s ministries, as well as administrative offices and an outdoor Baptismal Font reflective of the character of main campus in The Woodlands.
When creating the design, Trung Doan placed particular importance on tempering the building’s functionality with natural beauty, drawing on the the site’s heavily wooded surroundings. “It was important to preserve as much of the natural landscape as possible,” noted Doan. “This sets up a sense of arrival as you enter the church campus, which is consistant with the overall planning of the main campus.
Doan’s extensive experience in worship facility design and his understanding of the church’s ongoing vision helped him to create a plan that meets the church’s needs while staying within the budget and supporting future plans for multiple campuses. With continued involvement in the construction phase, Studio RED has been able to assist in keeping the project running smoothly, within budget and on schedule.
“The intent of the Woodlands Church is to eventually have multiple campuses of similar size, 32,000-35,000 square feet,” said Doan. “The Atascocita campus is a prototype which can efficiently serve up to 5,000 church members every weekend. The campus plan and building design have similar design elements and material palette as the main campus to provide a consistent identity.”
Construction of the new church is expected to conclude at the end of the year, with the first service taking place in December 2013.