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Sanctuary Update: Pavilion Construction Underway

L-R Larry Bozeman, Andrew, Brett Prather and Gary Erickson (Click to enlarge)Andrew and The Sanctuary planning team met on June 22 in Colorado Springs to continue the design process for the new AWM campus to be built in Woodland Park, Colorado. Representatives from Architectural Innovations and builder Northgate Properties were on hand to discuss the recent progress.

At the end of the last planning meeting, Andrew explored a vast array of exterior finish choices for the ministry's new Pavilion, which will be the first building constructed at the new location. After considering the pallet of options presented at the June 15 meeting, Andrew, ministry General Manager, David Hardesty, and developer, Gary Erickson, went to the Woodland Park property and looked at the finishes of the existing Lodge. After the June 15th meeting Andrew reviewed exterior finishes from roofing materials to stone choices. (Click to enlarge)After careful consideration, Andrew decided to use the same stone, stucco and roof finishes found at the lodge as the basis for the Pavilion and other new campus buildings. With the choices finalized, the contractors broke ground on the Pavilion site on Thursday, June 24 and the concrete footings were poured. The structure is expected to be completed by the third week in July.

During the meeting Andrew asked if there was a way to map the construction stakes scattered around the Sanctuary property. He has been exploring various areas of the one-hundred and fifty-seven acres looking for possible dormitory building sites. Andrew would like to be able to plot the areas he has visited and know, by way of mapping details, whether the areas meet the campus building requirements. Andrew narrowed down the stone options on June 15th. (Click to enlarge)As the team made note of Andrew's mapping request, the topic of campus dormitories was discussed further.

Andrew has specified that he would prefer to have smaller dormitories with a design in keeping with the surrounding buildings rather than big apartment complex-type structures. He envisions buildings with a thirty person capacity being scattered throughout the landscape of the campus. Discussion of other dorm considerations including room and suite size, affordability, and single student versus married couple housing were also mentioned. The involvement of an external dormitory management company is also being considered.

After evaluating many other options, Andrew chose to use the lodge as a model for the rest of the campus buildings.
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The group spent a significant amount of time evaluating the Auditorium seating design, trying to efficiently and comfortably accommodate as many seats as possible while maintaining safety code regulations. Andrew is considering the use of theater-style seating, with chairs that will include fold-away writing tablets for CBC student use. Because of the size options of the chair profile and tablet dimensions, the seating arrangements vary. Andrew would like to keep the number of seats in the neighborhood of 2500. Capacity and cost analysis are still being calculated for maximum efficiency.

The architects continue to gather data for the audio and visual needs of the ministry as well. Due to the nature of technology and the integration of sight and sound, the media conversation is an ongoing one. Construction has begun on the new Pavilion at AWM's Sanctuary campus in Woodland Park. (Click to enlarge)Several more meetings, and ministry department sub-meetings, will take place over the next few weeks to ensure that the end result meets the ministry's current and future needs. While video screen and projection options were discussed, specific attention was focused on the facility's sound design needs. Sound quality is determined by more than the physical speaker and equipment choices, and includes the careful consideration for building materials and room shape and dimensions.

"You can spend millions on a building, but if the sound isn't right, we say it [the building] is a failure. It's not a success, because that [sound] is what it's all about," said architect Brett Prather.

Andrew and David made several suggestions for venues that have excellent sound and video quality, including New Life Church in Colorado Springs. At the conclusion of the scheduled meeting several people including David, Brett and Gary went to the New Life campus to discuss the audio and video design elements used in the church auditorium.

The next meetings are scheduled for mid-July after the Summer Family Bible Conference in Colorado Springs. Stay tuned for our next update on The Sanctuary project.

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