Seneca Creek Community Church has had multiple locations since its founding in 1988, quickly outgrowing each. In order to accommodate its current congregation and to plan for future growth, the church renovated an existing 30,000 square foot office building at 13 Firstfield Road in Gaithersburg into a new church.
This building consisted of two 2-story wings connected in the middle by a 2-story atrium. The church renovated both floors of the north wing and the top floor of the south wing for its own use. The bottom floor of the south wing was continuously occupied by a tenant during renovation of the rest of the building.
The renovation created a 350 seat sanctuary and auditorium, infilling a portion of the existing atrium to create a new lobby and staircase, multipurpose rooms, offices, storage facilities, classrooms and children’s activity spaces. Structural floor and roof modifications were required to remove columns in the main auditorium space. The existing sprinkler system was expanded significantly to cover the entire building.