Alliance Architects is pleased to announce the firm has been awarded a Tilt-Up Achievement Award from the Tilt-Up Concrete Association for the Fusion Bible Church Phase I in Durant, Oklahoma. The Tilt-Up Concrete Association recognizes members who are committed to pursuing architectural design excellence and advancing the industry, as well as projects that uniquely utilize tilt-up’s ability to complete projects faster and more efficiently.
Fusion Bible Church, a 25,000 square foot church building was designed and built to serve as a permanent home for the growing congregation in Durant. The new space features a 450-seat sanctuary, communal space with kitchen, along with child-care and education spaces. Tilt-up construction allowed for the design and build team to achieve the client’s request to avoid conspicuous iconography related to traditional church buildings, as their goal is to be a welcoming space for the whole community. Tilt-up concrete’s durability, load-bearing and acoustical qualities made it a great and economical choice for this project. Formliner and a warm color palette were used as design elements to add to the building’s attractive and welcoming form. The client’s request of being a welcoming space continued into the interior of the building. This meant that the common areas were located in the center of the building with the sanctuary off to one side of the building and the children’s and education area located on the opposite side to the lobby. The children’s area also utilized tilt walls due to its durability to handle just about anything a child can throw at it.
One of the questions that the Tilt-Up Concrete Association asks when submitting a project for consideration is what kind of success does or will the building have, whether this is in other awards it has won or its impact on the community. So, given that this project was built to be used for worship and fellowship purposes, its biggest success will be the impact it will have on the community in Durant. They are working their way towards hosting community wide events in the future, and are currently hosting events for the congregation to participate in. By using tilt wall, they now have a space that has the capacity to grow with them as they work towards having a bigger impact on the community in Durant, Oklahoma.
Alliance Architects team members include: Principal-in-Charge, Charles Reagan, AIA, Senior Associate Zach Weldy, and April Williams, RID. Hunt & Joiner, Inc. provided structural engineering services, and MPE engineering services were provided by JJA, Inc. Mid-Plains Construction, Inc. served as the general contractor.