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 current building conditions; research existing utilities and systems; document applicable codes and standards; determine existing facility’s suitability for intended use; prepare a program of spaces; correlate space available to space desired; illustrate proposed space relationships and sizes; develop Schematic Design Documents for capital campaign and fundraising efforts.

KAI’s final report to the 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. 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 are proposed to serve as surface level parking lots for new Family Life and Ministry Outreach Center.

Services

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.