his fast-growing congregation located in Dayton, Ohio, faced a real dilemma. Their existing sanctuary was totally inadequate; far too small with an inefficient layout and outdated audio/visual facilities. With I-70 constricting any expansion to the north, the decision was made to demolish the existing sanctuary and replace it with a 1,960-seat sanctuary. The facility also includes cutting edge audio-visual components and post production facilities, new church offices, and meeting facilities. An additional issue created by proximity to I-70 is traffic noise, which was a problem with the original church as well. An insulated concrete form system to created an acoustically and thermally superior exterior building shell, to start. Then the building was digitally modeled to further tune the sanctuary through building modification and acoustic treatments.
Christian Life Center is the first runner-up at the National ICF Builder Awards for outstanding design and technique in insulated concrete forms. You can read more about this competition here.