Campus Addition Unites Kingwood United Methodist, Allowing Church to Connect, Grow & Serve
Kingwood United Methodist Church (KUMC) has had a strong community presence in Kingwood, Texas since the 1970s. Their campus, on the corner of Woodland Hills Drive and Crystal Springs, has grown over the decades to include a sanctuary building, office administration building, gymnasium building, and three classroom buildings. In 2012, the church formed a Building Committee to work with Ziegler Cooper on a master plan to create a cohesive campus that would support their mission to Connect, Serve and Grow. In June 2013, the church overwhelmingly affirmed the Building Committee recommendation to move forward on this plan.
“I have been working with KUMC for over a decade now and have been blessed by the opportunity to continue our relationship and design a space that will facilitate the church’s growth and their efforts to be a beacon of light in their community,” said Paul Lodholz, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Principal with Ziegler Cooper.
During master planning Ziegler Cooper worked with the church to explore building options that would physically tie the campus together and give the campus a visible front door to the surrounding neighborhood. A large glass “jewel-box” serves as the front entry off of Crystal Springs and leads people into an expansive commons area with extensive exterior views. The commons also provides space for café- and lounge-style seating, an indoor playground, discipleship and informal education areas, alcoves for study and conversation, and an exquisitely detailed prayer room designed as a chapel for individual and small group prayer and devotion. The 50,000 s.f. addition provides a new office administration suite, a new music suite, adult education classrooms, and new and renovated classrooms for the church’s day-school program, The School for Little Children. Construction for the KUMC campus is set to begin in Summer 2014 and Brookstone was selected as the lead contractor for the project.