Studio Four Design Team Wins Solomon Award for Church Design

Knoxville-based top architecture and design firm’s work on the Grace Baptist Church student ministry facility recognized by Worship Facilities Network with 2017 Solomon Award 

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Oct. 24, 2017 – Studio Four Design, a top architecture and design firm based in Knoxville, Tennessee, that specializes in worship facilities, was awarded a 2017 Solomon Award for design by the Worship Facilities Network for their work on the Grace Baptist Church student ministry building in Knoxville. The announcement was made at the WFX Conference & Expo in Dallas, Oct. 11.

The award was presented in the category of Church Design – Youth and Children’s Spaces for facilities with 301 to 800 seats. The Grace Baptist Church project was begun in 2016 and completed earlier this year.

Grace Baptist leaders wanted the new environment to be relational and fun for the youth of their church. These ideas became key concepts for the design and construction team of Studio Four Design. They needed the new building to complement the transitional style and materials of the existing church campus buildings, but also to be uniquely its own to reflect the brand and identity of Grace Student Ministries.

“Expansion is a challenge for any church,” said Stacy Cox, President of Studio Four Design. “The leadership of Grace and their Student Ministry team had a strong vision, and it was our privilege to bring that vision to life. Our team did a great job of giving the new facility a look and feel that complimented the existing church, but at the same time, we were able to give it a generational vibe to resonate with the students who would enjoy spending time in the new space.”

The centerpiece of this facility is a new student auditorium. It provides room for more than 700 students in their mid-week service and is designed for a flexible arrangement of seating. Built at a cost of $3.5 million, Merit Construction was able to deliver this project on time and within the budget constraints of the church while working within a site in the center of an active church and Grace Christian Academy K-12 school, which is also located on the campus.

Studio Four Design previously won a Solomon Award in 2016 for their work on the Northstar Church South Knoxville campus expansion.

“The team at Studio Four Design is honored and humbled by winning another Solomon Award,” said Cox. “We cherish our relationships with churches like Grace Baptist and Northstar. It’s our passion to provide the very best environments for them through good architectural design which allows their facilities to be more effective tools for ministry.”

To learn more about other projects that Studio Four Design has been involved in, visit http://studiofourdesign.com.

 About the Solomon Awards

The Worship Facilities Solomon Awards recognizes churches and their partners for excellence in facilities design, building expansion or remodeling, operation excellence, innovative use, and technical production. To learn more, visit http://worshipfacilities.com/article/solomon_awards_winners_for_2017_announced_at_wfx/wfx.

 About Studio Four Design Inc.

Since 2002, Studio Four Design has served as a premiere architectural and interior design firm to the Greater Knoxville Area. Their guiding principal is Design Matters and their goal is to go beyond expectations to provide design solutions that positively impact their client’s lives and organizations. Their team has worked on a variety of projects over the last decade that includes: churches, educational facilities, restaurants, retail buildings, athletic venues and much more. Studio Four Design takes pride and dedication in all of their projects they serve. To find out more, call 865-523-5001 or visit http://studiofourdesign.com.

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Oak Ridge Turns to Studio Four Design for 2 Major Projects

Knoxville-based top architecture and design firm’s expertise pivotal in helping the city of Oak Ridge plan and build two new projects to help youth and seniors

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Oct. 17, 2017 – Studio Four Design, a top architecture and design firm based in Knoxville, Tennessee, has been working with the City of Oak Ridge on two new projects to improve the quality of life for its citizens: a preschool facility and a senior center. The Oak Ridge City Council voted Oct. 9 on a resolution authorizing agreements with Studio Four Design to fund and move forward with both projects.

The resolution authorized contracts between the City of Oak Ridge and Studio Four Design for architectural, interior design and consulting engineering services for the new preschool building and the new senior center building. The projects are to be supported by more than $1 million in initial bond funding.

The Oak Ridge preschool is a 40,000 square foot project in the Scarboro Park area of the community and is budgeted for $10 million. The new $2.9 million, 11,000 square foot senior center will be built near the civic center area of Oak Ridge. Both projects are slated to break ground in May of 2018 with completion dates in 2019.

“It has been a pleasure working on these projects with Oak Ridge city officials and the people of the community,” said Jacene Phillips, senior project manager for Studio Four Design. “Studio Four has been working on this since the latter stages of site selection for both projects. We have presented concepts and updates at public meetings over the last several months, and we have enjoyed leading the discussions. We look forward to breaking ground and seeing the concepts become reality for the members of the community.”

The Oak Ridge preschool and senior center projects have been in development for several years, and city officials are now ready to move forward with the approved designs for both facilities.

“Jacene and the Studio Four Design team have worked diligently with City Council, city staff and the community on these projects,” said Mark Watson, Oak Ridge city manager. “We are looking forward to bringing these long-discussed facilities to fruition for our community. With continued leadership and creative energy of Studio Four Design, Oak Ridge citizens will be able to enjoy these facilities soon and well into the future.”

To learn more about other projects that Studio Four Design has been involved in, visit http://studiofourdesign.com.

 About Studio Four Design Inc.

Since 2002, Studio Four Design has served as a premiere architectural and interior design firm to the Greater Knoxville Area. Their guiding principal is Design Matters and their goal is to go beyond expectations to provide design solutions that positively impact their client’s lives and organizations. Their team has worked on a variety of projects over the last decade that includes: churches, educational facilities, restaurants, retail buildings, athletic venues and much more. Studio Four Design takes pride and dedication in all of their projects they serve. To find out more, call 865-523-5001 or visit http://studiofourdesign.com.

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