Bay Area Community Church Student Center & Children’s Wing

Annapolis, Maryland

Embracing a “warehouse” concept adopted by the student ministry

Annapolis, Maryland

Bay Area Community Church

Completion Date

38,490 SF (addition & existing space)

Project Type
Addition, Renovation, Student Center, Classrooms

2019 AIA Chesapeake Bay Citation Award
2019 WFX Solomon Award – Youth and Children’s Spaces
2019 NACDB Building of the Year

Professional Credits
Waldon Studio Architects
PlainJoe Studios

Continuing a multi-phased master plan

Two additions – a Student Center and a Children’s Wing – expanded the Bay Area Community Church and Chapel that we had designed over 10 years earlier. The student and children’s ministries each had specific themes that we incorporated into the additions while respecting the character of the original building.

Expressing ministry themes

Embracing a “warehouse” concept adopted by the student ministry, the Student Center addition creates a new, inviting first impression approaching the building from the east and provides engaging and relational spaces for youth.

The Children’s Wing on the west side of the building adds needed classroom space and a special 4th/5th Grade room arranged to serve two functions: large group worship utilizing the stage, video, and lighting, and small group time where children sit at restaurant-style booths with a leader for discussion and crafts. Fitting in with the children’s ministry’s “underwater” theme, the room was designed to resemble the inside of a submarine.

Spaces made for both worship and fun

Ravi Waldon, AIA, LEED AP

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