Emmanuel Baptist Church

Church Design and Places of Worship

“Ted Handy and his firm did an outstanding job of guiding us through the design process and the construction of the building. We are thrilled with the building and have been so blessed to partner with such quality and gifted people. Ted has an incredible gift of listening and assessing the needs of his client and then creatively designing solutions that are both beautiful and functional.”

-Pastor Rick Buck, Emmanuel Baptist Church

Places of worship have historically provided iconic structures in neighbourhoods and have often set the character of communities. Church design has been a focus of the firm for several years and it is our intent with each related project to understand and reflect a sense of space in each area of a church building. We understand the many elements to be considered when designing a place of worship, including future growth, accessibility, relation to neighbourhood, use of natural materials, multi-functional spaces, storage, urban planning and sustainability. Over the years of experience in working with church leadership and congregations, we have developed an integrated approach involving user groups to ensure members are provided with a space they can fellowship and thrive in.

With our passion and experience, we want to continue the privilege of designing churches for expanding congregations. We are interested in learning more about your church and your vision for growth.

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Northridge Community Church

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This new building construction design project features a Place of Worship, one storey structure that aims to provide a community oriented program. The floor area is 2040 square metres and includes; an auditorium/gymnasium, kitchen/cafe, administration area, classrooms/childrens’ spaces, a lounge, youth area, storage, supporting spaces and utilities.

The building takes advantage of the site in several respects. It addresses Leslie Street with a strong presence. It is proposed that a path will connect the site to the nearby recreation centre to the west. And it is also intended that the site be emphasized by taking into consideration the natural features. For example, the building overlooks a pond, preserves trees, utilizes permeable surfaces in the parking area, provides walking paths and works with the natural grades.

Working through a collaborative methodology has enabled the design to reflect the ideas of staff and congregation members, making the experience exciting and giving members an appropriate sense of ownership in this undertaking.

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Emmanuel Baptist Church

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The challenge was to design a building to accommodate the expanding community in a warm, welcoming worship space with a strict budget and a range of program needs to accommodate. The church’s many features relate to the sense of community and flow while responding to the natural lighting through the central atrium, large windows and reflecting pond, which forms an identifiable link to the adjacent community. The project was completed on time and within the initial budget. The design provided full children’s program facilities including day care for up to 100 children.

2006 Ontario Steel Design Awards Honourable Mention

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

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In effort to address the increasing concern for accessibility, this project involved improvements to the exterior front steps along with an incorporation of an elevator lift inside the main entrance.