Cornerstone Church

Ames, IA

Project Size

71,800 SF Addition & Remodel

Project Scope

2,000 Seat Sanctuary, Large Lobby / Gathering Space, Café, Classrooms, Offices

Architect of Record

Daniel Cook, BGW Founder Emeritus

BGW Builder

Story Construction

Project Completion Date

October 2009

This vibrant church body needed to expand to accommodate for the ever-growing crowd of worshippers in the college town of Ames, IA. Cornerstone’s 92 acres of land holds a prime location on the corner of two heavily trafficked highways. The expansion was divided into two phases – the connection of existing spaces with a new 71,800 square foot addition followed by the future build out of offices, cafe and gymnasium/youth facilities. 

The facility’s focal point is a 2,000-seat worship center equipped with a full stage, meeting ministry goals for outreach through self-produced drama productions aimed at individuals within the regional community. The foyer includes an open baptistry that also serves as a water feature. The addition also includes a black-box theater for youth activities and a large interconnecting lobby area connecting the new and existing facility. Included within the addition is a first round of children’s classrooms. The second phase expansion moves offices out of the existing facility to the new administrative wing and also allows for additional youth classrooms.