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Bellevue First Congregational Church is an adaptive reuse of an existing 1970’s office building. The 49,000 sf two story steel frame building is cut open on its NW corner to insert a 6,000 sf 47’ high sanctuary. The sanctuary consists of 40’ high CLT folded plates. Washing indirect light downwards from northern skylights and full height side windows, the undulating CLT becomes the backdrop for subtle daylight experiences so common to our Northwest light under our grey skies. Construction was completed by Goudy Construction, with structural engineering by DCI Engineers. The congregation held their first service on Easter Sunday.

Bellevue First Congregational Church is an adaptive reuse of an existing 1970’s office building. The 49,000 sf two story steel frame building is cut open on its NW corner to insert a 6,000 sf 47’ high sanctuary. The sanctuary consists of 40’ high CLT folded plates. Washing indirect light downwards from northern skylights and full height side windows, the undulating CLT becomes the backdrop for subtle daylight experiences so common to our Northwest light under our grey skies. Construction was completed by Goudy Construction, with structural engineering by DCI Engineers. The congregation held their first service on Easter Sunday.

Skylights and indirect side windows are placed into the new steel truss roof structure, covered by new standing seam roof and sanctuary side walls. The undulating CLT panels are illuminated from both the new east and west 30’ tall sidelights as well as from the skylights above. The CLT panels sit on a new concrete slab, supported on braced steel frames below.

Skylights and indirect side windows are placed into the new steel truss roof structure, covered by new standing seam roof and sanctuary side walls. The undulating CLT panels are illuminated from both the new east and west 30’ tall sidelights as well as from the skylights above. The CLT panels sit on a new concrete slab, supported on braced steel frames below.

Bellevue First Congregational church moved from their NE 8th Street location in downtown Bellevue to the existing Star Building on NE 2nd Street between 110th Ave. NE and 112th Ave NE. The Star Building was a classic lowrise suburban 1970’s steel framed office building with stucco exteriors and ribbon windows that will be converted into the future space of worship and community outreach.

Bellevue First Congregational church moved from their NE 8th Street location in downtown Bellevue to the existing Star Building on NE 2nd Street between 110th Ave. NE and 112th Ave NE. The Star Building was a classic lowrise suburban 1970’s steel framed office building with stucco exteriors and ribbon windows that will be converted into the future space of worship and community outreach.

The large roof volume sits on a base of new fiber-cement siding that wraps the north and west facades and creates a new glass storefront entry at the existing building entry. A new bell tower at the street edge of the site is scaled to announce the new use to the vehicular-oriented context, bicycles and pedestrian visitors.

The large roof volume sits on a base of new fiber-cement siding that wraps the north and west facades and creates a new glass storefront entry at the existing building entry.
A new bell tower at the street edge of the site is scaled to announce the new use to the vehicular-oriented context, bicycles and pedestrian visitors.

 

PUBLICATIONS, AWARDS

– 2015 Faith and Form Award, Unbuilt Category
– “Bellevue church converting 1970s office building into a ‘space of awe’”, by Journal Staff, Daily Journal of Commerce, March 23, 2015.
– “Tall Wood Buildings Spread Around the World”, by Ashley Bach, Washington’s Working Forests Action Network, March 27th, 2015.
– “Here’s how to turn an old Bellevue office into a sacred ‘space of awe’”, by Marc Stiles, Puget Sound Business Journal, March 11, 2015.