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.