St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tallahassee, Florida Church hired Heimsath Architects to develop a 25-year Master Plan for the church in May 2015. The focus of the plan was to help the church determine the best course of action for their vibrant and growing church ministry, and to maximize the existing facilities and limited site to accommodate current and growing needs. Heimsath Architects worked closely with the church leaders and various committees to evaluate the existing facilities and to collect comments and concerns. Heimsath Architects also conducted an all-church Community Forum to obtain input from the congregation. This information was evaluated prior to a Design Retreat Workshop that was held in October 2015. Lots of ideas and solutions were discussed and evaluated during the workshop, and led to an overall master plan indicating the scope of proposed changes expansions. The Master Plan offers a practical outline for expanding and improving the facilities over time, including the importance of preserving the existing church building.
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