Fire-ravaged Florida church rises from the ashes in just one year

July 05, 2011

When fire gutted Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., church leaders acted quickly to rebuild the facility and hired architects Rink Design Partnership and the construction management firm Stellar, both based in Jacksonville, to complete the project in just one year. The Building Team rebuilt the sanctuary and converted a former classroom wing into a choir suite and library. The new 15,000-sf sanctuary is acoustically balanced and includes a 63-foot-tall open steeple, pews for 613 worshippers, a choir loft, baptistry, and communion spaces. Interior finishes include polished stone interior floors and columns, an acid-stained concrete floor, and Douglas fir arched timbers and ceiling.

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