Foothill Presbyterian  Church

San Jose, CA

SIZE: 3,500 s.f.

DATE: 1993

COST: $474,000

This project involved both new construction and remodeling throughout the church campus. The interior of the sanctuary and lobby were remodeled, a new versatile lighting system was installed, and a dramatic new chancel was constructed. Sculptural columns in the chancel have built-in uplights, creating a vibrant effect in the space. Material selections and wall configurations at the sanctuary achieved a major goal of creating clear resonant acoustics.

The fellowship hall underwent extensive renovation to include a new commercial quality kitchen and a large storage area. Finally, a new multipurpose room was added to the campus. The location of this separate wing creates an outdoor courtyard between the buildings, circumnavigated by a covered arcade and large overhanging roof eaves; new restrooms are included.

The final result is a gracious, comfortable, and complete church campus. The workscope for this project was developed by MBA Architects in conjunction with the church building committee. Fundraising occurred simultaneously with the County planning approval process. The project was completed in 1993 at a cost of $474,000.