Warren and Associates Design-Build Selected By First Baptist Church-Simpsonville
To Provide Design-Build Services for All-New $10 Million Worship Center
Greenville, South Carolina — Warren and Associates Design-Build is providing design-build services for an all-new $10 million Worship Center for First Baptist Church (FBC)-Simpsonville on its main campus in the heart of downtown Simpsonville in Greenville County. The new 43,000-square-foot facility will seat up to 1,500 attendees. It will replace the church’s existing 700-seat sanctuary, which will be converted to a multipurpose facility. A two-story music wing will house choir, orchestra and handbell rehearsal rooms.
The new worship center is designed to complement existing building architecture on First Baptist’s 75-year-old campus. Although it has a traditional look—complete with a 115-foot-high steeple—the 43,000-square-foot Worship Center is being constructed with 21st century materials.
Interior features include a fan-shaped seating area along with a sweeping balcony which cascades down to the floor level. Among the design criteria was to keep rear seating as close to the stage as possible for optimum visibility. This creates an intimate worship setting—even the furthest seat is within 75 feet of the speaker. The balcony is designed in a way that requires only two support columns, further enhancing visibility for attendees in the lower-level seating area.
The architect of record is Neal Prince and Partners Architects of Greenville.
The need for the new worship center was in direct response to FBC’s unprecedented growth over a 10-year period during which church attendance quadrupled—from 500 attendees in two services at one location, to 2,100 worshippers in six services at two locations.
About Warren and Associates Design-Build, LLC
Greenville (SC)-based Warren and Associates Design-Build, LLC, was established in 2006 by Donald G. Warren, a 30-year veteran of the construction industry. Prior to starting Warren and Associates Design-Build, Warren served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Suitt Construction Company, Inc. Warren is one of only two practicing Designated Design-Build Professionals TM in North and South Carolina. A founding member of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), he has been actively involved with that national organization since its inception in 1993. The Design-Build method of project delivery embraces architecture/engineering and construction services under a single contract, thereby re-integrating the roles of designer and constructor.
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