Canterbury United Methodist Church
A carefully phased masterplan helped this growing congregation implement an ambitious expansion program on its limited site without imposing on the surrounding Birmingham residential neighborhood
With a growing congregation, Canterbury UMC was constrained by a campus surrounded with residential neighborhoods. The design team first developed a feasibility study / master plan and conceptual design program for fundraising. The 8-phase program totaling over 275,000sf began with renovation of the existing Sanctuary and Choir Balcony and ultimately encompassed a 374-space parking deck with new bridge to the campus’ residential-side entry, a renovation and expansive addition to the Child Development Center, a new porte cochére entry, renovation of the Fellowship Hall, renovation of the Adult Education Center and Administration buildings, an expansive new Columbarium garden, the addition of a Commons space, and a new Contemporary Worship Center with state-of-the-art theatrical lighting, a/v, and sound systems. Designed to complement the existing architecture, the additions stitched the campus together and improved circulation.
Master Planning | Architecture | Interior Design | Landscape Architecture
Hugh Thornton AIA | firstname.lastname@example.org
A menu of options and scenarios were developed to facilitate the solicitation for donor funding.