St. Columba’s had gotten so overcrowded that it was hard for its 3,000 congregants to find a seat at the big services, such as Easter and Christmas. One of the biggest Episcopal churches in the country, the complex also contained a three-story office building and a nursery school, plus common space for gatherings and a secondary worship and assembly area.

After years of use, the parishioners not only wanted more space, but different allocations of space—the nursery school, for instance, needed more classrooms to meet increased demand, and the church’s homeless program had expanded to the point where they wanted a better shelter and meeting area.

We developed a program and a series of design alternatives that provided for incremental changes and additions, which could be implemented together or independently as the budget allowed.

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