MSA developed design options to expand the existing church paying special attention to site accessibility, parking, circulation, image, and future development.
The addition and expansion concentrated on a new multi-purpose fellowship hall and other public gathering areas. Because a majority of the parking and site access is at the rear of the complex, a new entrance was constructed which provides access to both the existing church and the addition. This entrance and connection to the existing building from the new addition was designed via a naturally lit gathering area and a two-story, skylight grand stair case. The fellowship hall includes a full commercial kitchen and a 1,000 square foot stage with theatrical lighting. In addition, a one-story, ramped connector building was constructed within an existing courtyard to allow access and circulation to all parts of the facility.
In 2011 AHUMC commissioned MSA to renovate both the Contemporary and Traditional worship spaces to accommodate unprecedented growth since completion of the initial expansion. The fellowship hall was renovated to align its program use specifically with the needs of the Contemporary worship services. The Sanctuary renovation was the first major overhaul for the space in 50 years, and is highlighted by the installation of a 3,000 pipe organ.