Client Needs: Function First
Most importantly, our client wanted to maximize functionality. They had a few practical requests at the top of their wishlist:
- Control the flow of high-traffic areas. Sundays are, of course, busy at Maranatha. Sunday school ends as the Sunday service congregation arrives, creating lots of foot traffic in the entranceway. Plus, the church provides light bites and drinks in the cafe for members before service, which further crowds the foyer. The committee wanted the church remodel to help encourage movement in the cafe to prevent congestion in the main passageways.
- Suit diverse crowd sizes. This large space needed to work for large and small groups. Sundays are lively and crowded, though weekdays are more intimate, as the church hosts bible studies and small group functions.
- Provide easy access to information. The church had tons of information to display between the welcoming center and two grand hallways, one showcasing missionaries all over the world and the other exhibiting local outreach. Our client wanted to spruce up the lackluster hallways and provide a home for informational flyers for new visitors in the welcome center.