Religious

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Hillside Community Church

Located at the southwest corner of Haven Avenue and Vista Grove in Rancho Cucamonga, the Church previously consisted of an 18,000 sf Multi-Purpose Family Center, modular Sunday School classrooms, exterior Activity Pavilion, baseball fields, and 241 paved parking stalls.  Very low density single-family housing surrounds the 8.90 acre site. The New Ministry Center Expansion consists of a multi-level, combined 77,500 sf worship center to include fireside community rooms, a café and kitchen, administrative offices, children’s ministry classrooms, and a new sanctuary.  Existing portable buildings will be removed with the construction of the project.  Also proposed is a bi-level parking deck to provide 100 parking stalls.

Four neighborhood workshops were voluntarily conducted by designers.  Residents expressed concern for adequate parking, building height impacts, noise, and tree removal.  In response, City parking requirements for 375 spaces were exceeded by providing 547 on-site spaces, and by leasing an adjacent community college parking lot for shuttle service, which enabled 950 total spaces — more than double the City requirements. Noise was mitigated by building acoustical treatments and exterior sound attenuation walls.  Sight-line studies were completed to ensure preservation of valley and mountain views from existing single family homes. Of the 138 existing trees affected by the expansion, 16 trees were relocated, and 122 trees were replaced. When completed, the site will feature 308 trees and exceeds required tree ratios.

The building pad elevation ranges from 6 to 30 feet below Haven Avenue street grades and 30 feet below Vista Grove street elevations.  Most residents will have very little or no impact on their views to the south because of the topographical design relationships provided. The project has been designed with generous setbacks of 115 feet from either street.  With the gable roof design of the sanctuary, deep setbacks, and depressed pad elevations, the visual impact of the building appropriately meets surrounding community expectations and the need for Church visibility and identity.

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Abundant Living Family Church

This 200,000 sf ministry center is the new home of the Abundant Living Family Church in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Sitting on a 30-acre site, this complex consists of nine buildings including a 3,500-seat Sanctuary, Chapel, Dining Hall, Adult Education Center, Youth Center/Gymnasium, Children’s Center, Administration Building, and retail units.

Tilt-up concrete walls and steel roof structure are the primary building shell construction materials, while metal stud framing and drywall make up the interior walls. A central courtyard ties the buildings together and provides a congregating space for the 6,000 members of the Church when outdoor activities are called for. Inside the sanctuary, 13’ deep custom trusses support the roof to allow 200’ x 220’ column-free space.

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Fountain of Truth Church

Located on Citrus Avenue above the 210 freeway, this new Church campus consists of a 32,000 sf first phase Sanctuary, Family Center, Sunday School classrooms, administrative offices, exterior plaza, play field, and 250 paved parking stalls.  Single-family housing surrounds the long and narrow 10-acre site. The site has been master planned to accommodate a larger new sanctuary and pre-school facility in future phases.

The building and parking areas are strategically designed to work with existing slopes to maximize existing grades and minimize earthwork.  The master plan accommodates stepped design and multiple-level access points.  The central plaza is designed to provide a large outdoor gathering space. The new sustainable structure is designed with a timeless architecture and features natural renewable materials, integrated daylighting, high thermal mass, and superior energy efficiency.  A water-conserving outdoor baptistery combined with drought resistant landscaping creates an inviting public open space. The project increased building density and use with a minimal footprint, thus resolving neighborhood concerns for views and scale. Building forms were carefully sculpted to eliminate view conflicts from upper foothill homes and were restricted to 35 feet in height. Discreet building elevations respect the residential character of the site.

A unique interior design provides a welcoming visual quality and inspiration.  Exterior window locations create a playful melody of light within the main foyer, and create a rhythmic fenestration to the building elevations.  Most residents will see little or no impact to their existing views because of the deep building setbacks provided. With the rounded gable roof design of the sanctuary, deep setbacks, and terraced pad elevations, the visual impact of the building appropriately meets surrounding community expectations and the need for Church visibility and identity.

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Rancho Community Church

The Rancho Community Church acquired 33 acres of land along Highway 79 just east of Interstate 15 to build a new ministry center they can call home. Three buildings were constructed as part of Phases 1 and 2 of the development: a 32,000 sf Sanctuary, an 11,000 sf Preschool Building, and a 26,000 sf Elementary School Building. The architecture has adopted the local Spanish-American heritage with elements such as entry towers, colonnades, tile roof, and smooth plaster. The large massing of the wall with limited window openings gives the impression of the adobe structures of the Mission era. More buildings are to come with the next phases to include a Chapel, a gymnasium, a youth center, and a high school building.

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St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church

The Church complex occupies a site of just under nine acres in the City of Chino Hills.  Chino Hills has retained much of its agrarian feel and it is from this heritage that the design was developed.  The complex resembles an arrangement of farm buildings clustered around an open yard.  The forms are very simple in shape, but highly textural with the major wall material being of split faced masonry in a random mix of four colors, topped with a concrete tile roof.  The trellis element is composed of rough sawn timbers supported by masonry columns.

The project consists of three buildings in the first phase, all interconnected by a trellis that surrounds an exterior courtyard.  The courtyard can be accessed from the various buildings as well as a series of larger wooden gates.  The immediate needs of the Parish were met by providing 2,800 sq.ft. of office space, 1,600 sq.ft. for a devotional chapel, and 13,500 sq.ft. designated for multi-purpose use.  The Multi-Purpose Room functions as a sanctuary until future phases can be realized.

The first phase was held 400 feet from the street to allow for the future sanctuary to occupy a temporary parking lot.  All the future buildings will integrate with the courtyard, which is truly the heart of the project.  The courtyard can accommodate large gatherings for socializing and dining, as well as outdoor instruction.  There are intimate areas as well for passive activities such as prayer and meditation.

The success of this project can be measured by the extensive use it has received and the enduring image the complex has made on the community.

Hillside Community Church
Abundant Living Family Church
Fountain of Truth Church
Rancho Community Church
St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church
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