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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Studio Four Design 2016 Year in Review

As we enter into the end of 2016, the team at Studio Four Design in Knoxville has been taking a look back at an amazing year for our team. From industry recognition to new work that we have designed for our clients, everyone at Studio Four is grateful for an outstanding 2016 and is looking forward to what we will accomplish in 2017!

Highlights from this year for Studio Four Design include: Studio Four Design 2016 Year in Review

Our Awards: This year, Studio Four Design was graced with a number of awards, including the 2016 Knox Heritage “Fantastic Fifteen” Preservation Award, a 2016 Solomon Award for our work with Northstar Church, as well as our debut on the prestigious Inc. Magazine’s “Inc. 5000 List”  of the fastest growing business in 2016.

Partnerships and Features: 2016 was an amazing year for Studio Four Design with new partnerships, including work on an industry recognized design for Walker’s Automotive, an eco-park design that we created in collaboration with DENSO Manufacturing and a new dealership facility for the Doug Justus Auto Center in Knoxville. In addition, Studio Four Design was featured in a national book about Employee Engagement, recognizing our development of new techniques while also working with a growing pie franchise to ensure their brand consistency.

Church and Worship Facility Design and Engagement: A hallmark of our capabilities in 2016 was the work that the Studio Four Design teams accomplished for church and worship facility design and engagement throughout the year. Studio Four Design worked with Grace Christian Academy in Knoxville on their new athletics facility, were selected for a new church renovation for OneLife Church while Stacy Cox, architect and principal of Studio Four Design, was selected to speak at the WFX 2016 Conference on ‘How Design Can Influence Your Ministry’.

Team Growth: 2016 marked another milestone for the team at Studio Four Design, as we reached the 20 employee mark, the largest staff in our history. Our new hires in 2016 included Michelle Barton, who joined our team in April of 2016 and Matt Johnson, who was hired in May of 2016.

Giving Back: The team at Studio Four Design is dedicated to stewardship for our community, which included a number of outreach programs in 2016. This year marked the 10th year that we have provided Thanksgiving for women in transitional housing at the YWCA, while we also participated in the “Canstruction 2016” event on behalf of 2nd Harvest Food Bank. Our teams also worked on the Rebuild Together project this year, which provide an accessible ramp and art studio for a disabled veteran in our area. One of the most important projects that we were honored to work on this year involved our work with Whitestone Church & Partners in Hope to raise $25,000 to start Phase 1 of the Sports & Discipleship project in Grand Goave, Haiti. We have been honored to give back to those in need in 2016 and we are looking forward to even more projects in the coming year.

2016 was the year that Studio Four Design of Knoxville celebrated our 14th anniversary and the team at Studio Four Design is honored by the awards, recognition that we have received this year and are looking forward to new challenges and opportunities to give back in 2017. If you are interested in learning more about the architecture and design capabilities of Studio Four Design in Knoxville and how our team can assist you with your next project in the coming year, contact us today.

 

Studio Four Design Wins 2016 Solomon Award for Their Work with Northstar Church

Leading architectural and design firm wins Worship Facilities 2016 Solomon Award for successfully helping Northstar Church with satellite campus expansion

Before and After of Northstar Church South Knoxville Campus - Studio Four Design

A before and after look at the Worship Facilities 2016 Solomon Award winning Northstar Church, designed by Studio Four Design and located in Knoxville, Tennessee.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. November 10, 2016 – Studio Four Design, a top architecture and design firm based in Knoxville, Tennessee that specializes in worship facilities, has won a Worship Facilities 2016 Solomon Award for their work on the Knoxville-based Northstar Church South Knoxville campus expansion.

The award was given in the category of Church Building Design – Traditional & Contemporary for a new addition and renovations to an existing church that would become a new 300 seat satellite campus for Northstar Church to serve the community in South Knoxville.

Northstar Church was able to merge with an established church that had an existing facility, but the old building was lacking in several key areas. The exterior of the building was dated and did not reflect their ministry, and the lobby space was small and inefficient, lacking the ability to provide a community and fellowship environment critical to the culture at Northstar Church’s West Knoxville main campus.

“Expanding to a new campus is a demanding project for any church,” said Stacy Cox, president of Studio Four Design. “You want to be able to find a location that works for your ministry, but just as importantly, you want to be able to keep the worship experience you offer and your church’s atmosphere consistent with what your congregation has come to expect – all the way down to the way your building looks and feels. For Northstar, it was vital that this new location convey the community and fellowship environment that makes their culture unique. This was even more important because the location they chose was an existing facility that belonged to an established church.”

External shot of Northstar Church in South Knoxville - Studio Four Design

External shot of Northstar Church in South Knoxville. Designed by Studio Four Design.

The design solution offered by Studio Four Design including removing the front façade and steeple from the building and providing a 1,000 square foot addition to expand the lobby space and provide new restroom facilities. The addition features a large, inviting glass façade that faces the South Knoxville community. The exterior skin consists of new materials including metal panels and CMU and the existing brick was painted to introduce a new color scheme to the facility. A green canopy reflecting the church’s logo color provides an accent and identifies the points of entry into the building.

“By engaging with Studio Four Design on our expansion, we were not only able to solve our need for additional space in the lobby, but we were also able to create a new look and identity for the building that would reflect the Northstar culture,” said Scott Cagle, lead pastor at Northstar Church. “They even helped us renovate the children’s space to provide an exciting and engaging environment for kids and transform the traditional worship environment into a contemporary atmosphere with technology for simulcasting live programming from our West campus. We wanted to draw in those who were looking for something new and fresh in a church experience and Studio Four Design helped us successfully expand our ministry while keeping a steady focus on our goal.”

Interior shot of Northstar Church in South Knoxville - Studio Four Design

The interior, designed by Studio Four Design, of Northstar Church in South Knoxville.

Since reopening as Northstar Church, the ministry has more than doubled its prior attendance and holds multiple weekly services.

“We’re honored to receive this award and I can’t thank our team enough for their hard work on the project,” said Cox. “I especially want to thank Brian Russel and Jenna Wise, who were integral to the design solution for this project and Jenkins & Stiles, who served as the general contractor. This award will help to reinforce our reputation as worship facility design experts and will be something we can build on moving into 2017.”

For more information about the Worship Facilities Solomon Awards, visit http://www.worshipfacilities.com/awards/solomon_2016.

For more information about Studio Four Design, 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://www.worshipfacilities.com/awards/solomon_2016.

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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