A New Design for the North American Seventh-Day Adventists

By Michael Patrick

Barnes Vanze Architects is honored to be selected by the North American Division of the General Conference of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church to be their architect for the conversion of an existing 116,600-square-foot office building in Columbia, Maryland, into a modern facility that serves 1.2 million members across the United States, Canada, Bermuda, Guam and Micronesia.

For the first time, the North American Division (NAD) is establishing its own identity—and location—apart from the church’s global headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. The renovation of the new four-story building is intended to help the NAD more effectively facilitate its message of hope and wholeness to a broad and diverse constituency, which includes more than 6,000 churches, 40 hospitals, 14 universities and hundreds of schools.

LobbyThe existing light-filled Lobby provides generous welcome for staff and visitors.

The facility will include modernized infrastructure for physical and virtual conferencing and meeting space, a television studio, and administrative leadership that includes multiple departments and more than 100 employees dedicated to providing its constituents with unsurpassed resources. A new sky-lit Atrium Commons in the heart of the building is being planned as the communal heart of the facility.

The proposed new skylight-covered Commons will extend this welcome to the heart of the building, where staff and visitors meet for daily meals on the new Terrace, and gather while attending meetings and conventions.

Through a deep-dive understanding of the people and the institution, the goal of this comprehensive renovation will be to design a facility to welcome all people in, give both staff and visitors a sense of the North American Division and its mission, and send them back out with a renewed sense of understanding and passion.

Barnes Vanze is proud to be part of this important project, which will house the NAD for many years to come.