Lutheran Church of St. Andrew

Silver Spring, MD

Project Size

58,000 SF New Construction

Project Scope

Sanctuary, Fellowship Area, Youth Ministry, Café, Classrooms, Kitchen, Fitness Room

Architect of Record

Daniel Cook, BGW Founder Emeritus

BGW Builder

Hammen Contracting

Project Completion Date

Phase 1 – 2008; Phase 2 – 2011

The Lutheran Church of St. Andrew initially began working with another architect and had designs for a new facility to be located on a larger, more accessible site. However, facing a project that was vastly over budget, the church discarded previous architectural plans and began anew with Building God’s Way. The BGW design team came into the project with the mission of cutting costs without sacrificing quality or ministry needs. The 58,000 square foot facility will allow the church to serve its new community for many decades.

The focal point of the new facility is the 750-seat sanctuary, which was designed to reinforce the church’s focus on sacred space. The unique circular layout creates a sense of envelopment for the sanctuary and the forms within the space reinforce this sacred focus. The worship platform is cradled by the surrounding functions for choir, baptistery and leadership seating. In all, the stage itself can host up to 70 during services. The worship space is cast against a 17’ tall carved cross which hangs above the platform. The consideration of acoustics and sight lines was of critical importance during the sanctuary design development. The main floor of the building also features a large lobby / narthex that functions as a multi-purpose space for a wide range of events and activities, as well as nursery and office spaces.

Phase 2 of the project was completed by BGW and Hammen Contracting in 2011 and included finishing of the entire basement for youth ministry space and classrooms. The master plan also includes an outdoor playground space to accommodate the St. Andrews preschool and a ball field for youth and adults.

“BGW & Hammen Contracting have been forthright with us and worked long, hard hours to keep our project on track. They understand what it means to build a house for the Lord. They are not only doing a job but serving God in the process.” – Pastor Mark Hricko, Lutheran Church of St. Andrew

Winner of 2008 LCEF Art & Architecture: Liturgical Architecture / Large and winner of 2008 WFX Solomon Award for Best Church Architect & Best Construction Management