Last night, Father Hilton and architect Adam Hermanson chaired a great Town Hall Meeting. Adam led us through the Pre-Design Summary Document, which detailed the schedule and budget for the project. He then reviewed the project goals, including the two design principles set by the committee. Adam and Father both explained that these design principles will affect everything we do in the space.
OVERALL DESIGN PRINCIPLES
- Reflecting the beauty of He who is beautiful – the beauty of God
- Authenticity of materials used throughout.
- Beauty that ennobles the participant. Beauty itself is noble – raising us above the level of common experience.
- Harmony, Proportion, Color, Shape, Balance, and Form – in total, a Well-Ordered Space
- Understanding to whom we offer our very best: to and for the Lord Himself.
- Efforts should be made to increase the vertical orientation and emphasis within the liturgical space.
- Church currently feels rather horizontal. Better vertical emphasis will raise our eyes to the Lord.
FIRST ORDER GOALS
- Retain Current Seating Capacity – Or Expand If Possible
- Provide Full Accessibility so all will feel welcome as they enter and move through the church.
- Improve the Thermal Comfort Systems
- Provide Proper Accommodation for Music Ministry
- Increase the Interior Visibility of the Celebration of the Eucharist
SECOND ORDER GOALS
- Establish a Visible and Permanent Sign of our Baptism
- Improved Lighting
- Visibility of the Church from the Exterior
After Adam’s presentation, Father Hilton opened the floor to questions. A score of parishioners stepped up to the microphone to share comments, concerns and questions. We discussed many different topics, including:
- carpeted versus hard floors
- space for the ushers
- crowd control outside the confessionals
- options for pews and kneelers
- sanctuary furnishing
- saints and angels
- what to do about the cry room.
Many people commented on the need to increase handicapped access, which dove-tailed nicely with one of the committee’s first order goals. We also discussed the problems and opportunities connected with the overflow space. Father Hilton did guarantee that we would not change to a ‘church in the round’ arrangement. Father asked if he could keep the avocado green in the confessionals, but the feedback wasn’t pretty.
For me, the surprise of the evening was the discussion about restoring bells to the church. Before the meeting, a few commenters had mentioned the old bell system, but I didn’t know the history of bells at Holy Trinity. It was good for the committee to hear a request for church bells from so many people. That is a great example of why we had the meeting.
We’ll have the electronic version of the Pre-Design Summary Document posted here as soon as possible. I took four pages of notes, which I must transcribe for the committee, but I’ll share them here too.
Again — Thanks to all who came to our meeting, and to Kayla and the others who provided the hospitality.