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Church Design; The Ultimate Retail Experience

Church Design; The Ultimate Retail Experience

Youth Ministry Worship Center, Lifestream Church, Allendale MI

Youth Ministry Worship Center, Lifestream Church, Allendale MI

Recently, r.o.i. Design was interviewing with Kentwood Community Church for the opportunity to help them design their new Wyoming satellite. We were invited by elevate Studio (*)  to partner with their firm for this project.  During the interview, we heard ourselves describing our work in church design.

” r.o.i. Design is known for hospitality and retail design. We describe our work for resorts as a collaboration with owners to create places that rest, restore and inspire.  

We have been asked to design many other kinds of places. Businesses come to us because of their desire to make the workplace a more natural and appealing place, to enhance team performance.

Designing places of worship is a natural progression from hospitality and workplace; creating appealing places that inspire and support personal change. It is the ultimate retail design, motivating visitors to make choices that can change their lives”

Mars Hill Bible Church Youth Worship

Mars Hill Bible Church Youth Worship

r.o.i. Design has been privileged to work with several churches and religious organization in our community, including but not limited to, Mars Hill Bible Church, Apostolic Christian Church on Thornapple River Dr, United Methodist Conference, Springhill Camp, Life Stream Church(**) and now Crossroads Church in Imperial, Nebraska and Kentwood Community Church/Wyoming Campus.

Carved Altar of Holy Spirit Church, Grand Rapids MI

Carved Altar of Holy Spirit Church, Grand Rapids MI

r.o.i. Design, incorporated in 1993,  formerly was the design department of Designers Workshop,  an AWI custom architectural wood shop who had made furniture for worship and public space environments. We worked with a variety of architectural firms to create designs that enhanced their designs of spaces.

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(*) Elevate Studio, Steve Fridsma and Jim VanderMolen, Principals. Both Steve and Jim were formally of Progressive Architecture where they headed the Religious and Church Design Division.

(**) Life Stream Church engaged r.o.i. Design as design leads for the remodeling of the former Allendale Middle School.  For more photos of that project please click here.

Lifestream Church, Allendale MI

Lifestream Church, Allendale MI

Life Stream Church: An Example of Sustainability and Faith

Life Stream Church: An Example of Sustainability and Faith

We released this press release April 19, 2012 to Regional Media

A Vision of Sustainability in Allendale Michigan

Life Stream Church converts Middle School to Church Center

Attendance Soars

 A few years ago Life Stream Church, then called Allendale Wesleyan Church, started on a revitalized journey. They were renting the Allendale High School Fine Arts Auditorium for worship services, and for four years, faithfully set up “church” in that space. They gathered, on average, between 300 – 350 people every Sunday with active mid-week youth and adult programs.

Looking for more than a year at property to buy in order to build a church and expand their program in the Allendale area, they stopped their search after touring the vacant Allendale middle school. (more…)