St. Andrews Church
Mt. Pleasant, SC
70,300 SF New Construction & 420 SF Addition to Historic Building
Within the old historic district of Mt. Pleasant, SC, you will find the St. Andrews Church Campus extending through the tree line. At the heart of the campus is the historic church. Dedicated in 1858, it has outlived many trials and is still in use today for traditional services and ceremonial celebrations. The new annex to the historic building offers additional restrooms and a bridegroom parlor and the exterior esthetic is designed to be the perfect complement to the long-standing landmark.
The BGW St. Andrews Ministry Center was originally added to the campus in 1996 and has faced its own unique trials. On April 22, 2018, the morning before construction was to begin on the interior renovation and a 47,000+ SF three-story classroom addition, a fire engulfed the entire building, causing the roof to collapse on the floor below. Shook but undeterred, St. Andrews chose to move forward with the demolition of the burned remains and the rebuilding of the Ministry Center. In late 2020, the beautiful three-story 70,300 SF building emerged out of the ashes.
The first floor of the new Ministry Center features 23,172 SF of new classroom space with direct access to an exterior playground, designed to meet the educational needs of the growing Day School. The second floor includes 23,000 SF of adult classroom space, a newly designed worship center with a 1,200 SF platform and seating capacity for over 400. Highlighting tall gable ceilings with exposed wood trusses, the large storefront and curtainwall windows run along the entire length of an expansive gallery. The gallery serves as the main entry and connection point between the two sides of the building, also offering access to a coffee shop and art gallery. The third floor features 15,100 SF of office space, a lecture hall, and adult classrooms and study space to support theological training at the Riddle Institute.