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The Bridge Fellowship | Sugar Land, Texas

A comprehensive master plan for a 40-acre site on Oyster Creek envisioning a 159,000SF facility

The Bridge Fellowship (formerly First Baptist Sugar Land) was a well-established church in the heart of Sugar Land. By 2001, the church facilities were outdated and the church had outgrown the site and facilities. A 40-acre site fronting on Oyster Creek, south of the city, was purchased to relocate the church. RHA was commissioned to develop a comprehensive master plan for the site and to design the first phase of development. During the planning process, the strategic decision was made to modify the adult education concept by moving to a home group model with the majority of weekly adult education activities moving off site. The master plan that evolved envisioned a 169,000SF facility focused around a 3,000-seat worship center. The 5,400SF Phase I construction consisted of interim worship seating for 1,000, administration, children’s education and youth area. The design takes advantage of the expanded site to open the building up to natural light, gardens and vistas—all elements sorely missing from the densely packed original site.

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