Providing space for education and outreach

Family Life and Ministry Outreach Center
St. Paul Baptist Church
Dallas, TX

KAI was commissioned by St. Paul Baptist Church to provide professional services in connection with the adaptive reuse of the buildings owned by the Church for use as a Family Life and Ministry Outreach Center. The purpose of the study was to achieve the following: evaluate the current building conditions; research the existing utilities and systems; document the applicable codes and standards; determine the existing facility’s suitability for intended use; prepare a program of spaces; correlate space available to the space desired; illustrate the proposed space relationships and sizes; develop Schematic Design Documents for the capital campaign and fundraising efforts.

KAI’s final report to the St. Paul Baptist Church included the recommendation to renovate the existing buildings for administrative, Christian Education and Ministry Outreach use. A $7 million, 18,700 SF expansion was proposed to house a multi-use gymnasium, commercial kitchen, and indoor walking track within the Family Life and Ministry Outreach Center. A bold step was taken to move towards abandonment of an existing underutilized and undeveloped City Street to create one contiguous lot with adjacent lots owned by the Church.

The adjacent lots were proposed to serve as surface level parking lots for the new Family Life and Ministry Outreach Center.


Architecture, Interior Design, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Plumbing Engineering, Project Management, Programming, FF&E, Planning, Fire Protection Engineering

The Impact

Engaging with the community.

Design of the facility has been approached with "Outreach" in mind. The buildings front directly on the adjacent sidewalks, utilizing "zero lot lines". The form, shape and appearance of the renovation and addition maximizes on the utilization of transparency and openness. It is intended to engage with the community. Materials selected serve to project the desired image of the Church while embracing and engaging with the surrounding neighborhood.