Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Located at the southwest corner of Haven Avenue and Vista Grove in Rancho Cucamonga, the Church currently consists of an 18,000 square foot Multi-Purpose Family Center, modular Sunday school classrooms, exterior Activity Pavilion, baseball fields, and 241 paved parking stalls. Very low density single-family residents surround the 8.90 acre site. The New Ministry Center Expansion consists of a multi-level, combined 77,500 square foot 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 to more than double 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.