The design of the project was based on the following guiding principles:
Sacredness: Enhance the qualities that make the Sanctuary a sacred space preserving a sense of sanctuary, increasing the sense of beauty, and allowing for a range of prayer from private devotion to community worship.
Flexibility: Make the room, and in particular the furniture, more flexible to enable greater creativity for contemporary liturgy, and a variety of community uses.
Music: Ensure that this is a good place for music and continue to improve acoustics for both congregational singing and performance. Provide suitable and adaptable space for musicians and choir.
Technology: Maintain and further develop the technical capacity including livestream, projection, lighting, and sound amplification, while ensuring that technology is not intrusive.
Accessibility: Make the whole room accessible for all.
Inclusivity: Enhance the capacity for children, youth, and young families.
This will result in the following changes:
Replace flooring with new carpet tile and vinyl tiles
Paint the sanctuary and narthexes
Reduce platform to one level to increase accessibility
Update both narthexes so they are more welcoming and contemporary
Add a window into the small narthex
Include elements of nature with tree
Include tapestry boxes as a visual accent and to ease transition of hangings with hidden pulls
3-D walk through of the renovations:
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