Even in their presentation, the design team uses the term ‘respect,’ and that’s exactly what I see in this project. They’ve respected the historic parts of the building … and the new parts of the building are designed artfully, artistically, and in an aesthetically pleasing way that fits.”
— Douglass Alligood, AIA, NOMA

Location University Park
Client Highland Park Presbyterian Church
Architect OMNIPLAN
Design Team Tip Housewright, FAIA, Aaron Farmer, AIA, Mark Holsinger, Meredith Quigley, AIA, Joanna Hampton, AIA, Wes Garwood, AIA, David Brewerton, AIA, Eddie Fortuna, Emily Yan, AIA, Ashley Creedon, Morgan Mitford
Contractor Rogers-O’Brien Construction
MEP Engineer Blum Consulting Engineers
Structural Engineer Datum Engineers
Civil Engineering RLG
AV, IT, Security Salas O’Brien
Lighting Consultant Schuler Shook
Signage Consultant Secker Brink Design
Parking Consultant DeShazo Group
Kitchen Consultant Worrell Design Group
Life Safety/Code Consultant Jensen Hughes
Landscape Architect Studio Outside

The Highland Park Presbyterian Church sought to evolve the children’s ministries and create a new central gathering space on its 1920s neo-Gothic campus. As the church is located in a residential community with little opportunity to grow outward, the architects replaced a non-historic building with a new three-level structure with two levels of below-grade parking. Its lobby and grand foyer overlook the historic church building, and the program includes a large contemporary worship space, smaller gathering spaces, adult classrooms, and staff office spaces. The exterior design utilizes the historic material palette and detailing but adds expansive glass jewel-boxes to frame sacred spaces in a different and awe-inspiring way. The project also included an extensive school renovation with courtyard playground spaces, a new gym, and connector buildings.

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