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May242010

Sanctuary Update: Andrew Meets with Architects

Andrew emphasized his point during the recent meeting with his staff, the architects and the developer working on The Sanctuary project. (Click to enlarge)Andrew and several AWM staff members recently met with representatives from Architectural Innovations and Northgate Properties, to discuss AWM's future Woodland Park campus called, The Sanctuary. Andrew began the permitting and planning process shortly after he purchased the one hundred fifty-seven acre property in September of 2009. Conversation during the recent meeting included details about the proposed Pavilion, Auditorium, Bookstore and Cafe, including the finalization of floor plans for each area.

Rough sketches were used to indicate revised options for the location of the pavilion and amphitheater. (Click to enlarge)The long-term plan for the campus Pavilion was discussed at length. Andrew envisions the facility being used for smaller gatherings such as Charis Bible College student events, not large public meetings. As the possible locations for the structure were discussed, some concern was raised with regard to the exposure and placement. The ideal situation of the pavilion is one which maintains the clearest views of Pikes Peak, while accommodating the best functionality and utilization of the land's attributes. While final placement of the building has yet to be determined, the finished pavilion will include seating for two-hundred with a fire pit located in the center of the structure, parking for forty vehicles, and an adjacent amphitheater.

Principle Architect, Brett Prather making a suggestion. (Click to enlarge)Conversation also included plans for the main Auditorium of The Sanctuary campus. After some discussion of the platform design and dimensions, the focus shifted to Andrew's thoughts about the audio and visual components of the Auditorium. While Andrew expressed the need for quality, he also made clear his desire to avoid paying for anything beyond a good basic set up.

Due to the complicated nature of sound engineering, Gary Erickson, owner of Northgate Properties, the development company handling the construction project, strongly suggested hiring a single reputable audio company for the sound design and implementation, and offered to find an appropriate company. Andrew had several recommendations for companies as well.

Andrew listened to the architect's comments as they made desired adjustments to the floor plans. (Click to enlarge)The Auditorium's visual design needs such as lighting, camera choices and video projection screens were also addressed. Andrew is considering a new three screen format, over the dual screens used in the current CBC auditorium. He feels three screens will offer a better view to those not seated directly in front of the proposed eighty foot wide platform.

The Sanctuary will also be home to a 2,300 square foot Bookstore as well as a 1000 seat Cafe. Andrew sought David Hardesty's input for design suggestions for these areas. Prior to coming on staff as AWM's General Manager, David spent thirty plus years in retail; his expertise in this area will aid in functional design.

Andrew evaluates blueprints onsite at The Sanctuary. (Click to enlarge)As the meeting progressed, Architect Dale Hermes was able to adjust and finalize the AutoCAD floor plans based on Andrew's input. With the planning process moving forward rapidly, it is Andrew's hope that infrastructure work, including road design and utilities will begin by mid-summer, and building construction will start in 2011.

This site will feature regular Sanctuary updates tracking the building progress; be sure to check back soon.

 

Watch the video below, and take a virtual ride with Andrew as he gives an on-site tour of The Sanctuary, the future home of the AWM campus, in Woodland Park, Colorado.


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