Executive Summary – CenterPark I
The Reid North campus opened on April 16, 2006 at the Montgomery Blair High School and opened its current Tech Road campus on September 10th, 2010 which greatly increased our ability to provide a more robust ministry to our congregation and community in the Silver Spring and surrounding area. The North Campus has attracted so many members that it has outgrown its capacity so that it now operates three Sunday services but the congregation still has to gather outside of the sanctuary in overflow rooms. Our vision is to acquire sufficient land on which to build a 2,500-seat sanctuary, assembly and classroom spaces, and administrative and ministry support areas that will accommodate the unique needs of our congregation particularly our children and youth.
Our consultants have estimated that the acquisition and development costs of this opportunity to be $41 million dollars. Most importantly, this new worship facility will allow us to become better stewards, by investing in a church owned asset rather than renting, upgrading, and maintaining a property owned by another entity.
The CenterPark site is located at 4041 Powder Mill Road, Beltsville, MD 20705. The CenterPark site has access and visibility to Interstate 95 off of Powder Mill Road in Beltsville, Maryland. It is surrounded by Retail/Commercial and Residential properties. The CenterPark site has twin office towers, CenterPark I and II, along with the AMC Movie Theater, and the 200+ room Sheraton hotel. The site was designed to accommodate a third office tower that was slated for future development. A parking easement that encompasses all the facilities on the site allows shared usage of all the parking spaces. The traffic circulation is facilitated by the use of a shared “ring” road that bi-sects the site. If any parking spaces are eliminated as a result of new construction, the spaces will need to be replaced.
Reid Temple has engaged Lance Bailey & Associates, Inc. (LBA) to serve as the Architect to provide concept designs for a new facility for the Reid Temple North Campus. Initial meetings were held with Reid Temple to establish their programmatic needs. Once the types and quantities of spaces were established along with their occupancy requirements, we were able to convert that information into the necessary square footage requirements.
The CenterPark I design concept involves utilizing floors 1, 2, and 7, approximately 40,000 square feet of the existing office tower for administrative and ministerial uses. The remaining 80,000 square feet have been leased. All of the church’s administrative spaces would be located in the CenterPark I office tower. In addition, Reid Temple hopes to house the children’s ministry, teen worship center, children’s Sunday school classes, etc. at this location. The office tower is a seven-story building. As stated previously, Reid Temple would occupy floors 1, 2 and 7. The remaining floors 3, 4, 5 and 6 will be occupied by the General Services Administration (GSA) through a ten-year lease. All assembly type spaces (Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall and Chapel) will be accommodated outside of the Tower. Currently, there is a parking area on the east side of the tower that is large enough for to accommodate the space requirements of the sanctuary building.
The massing of the proposed facility is contemplated to take on the feel of a modern office building. At the ground level in this area, there will be a pedestrian drop off that will allow the vehicular circulation to remain un-impeded. The proposed massing will allow outdoor spaces to be congruent with each Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall and Chapel indoor space. Thus, maximum flexibility is provided for assembly inside and outside the walls of the church. The location and orientation of the proposed facility will take advantage of sustainable designs such as green roofs and solar panels to the greatest extent possible. The arrangement of the spaces also accommodates growth. Not only are the spaces sized with consideration for increased occupancies, but the building’s configuration allows for future expansion.
In consideration of the footprint, the sanctuary is proposed to have a main level and a balcony level. Approximately 1/4 to 1/3 of the 2,500 seats will be on the balcony level. This allows a smaller overall footprint and as such, minimizes the amount of displaced parking.
In addition to the assembly building, a new 110 car parking deck is proposed. (Please note: The church needs 1,250 parking spaces to accommodate their occupancies. If the church desired these to be provided at one location, a 5-story parking deck would be required.) The 110 car parking deck would have to be in place and operational prior to the construction of the new assembly facility so as not to disturb the movie theater’s operations.