The First Church of Christ, Scientist
A redesigned aging church facility used porcelain tile for an updated exterior.
The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Winter Park, Florida, was facing the dilemma of a deteriorating facility. Eager to continue serving, the church congregation searched for the best option for redesigning the aging church property. It was decided that a new church would be built on the property to meet the fiscal, social, architectural, and spiritual goals the church community wanted to achieve.
Designers decided to go with a modern approach when designing the new facility, while keeping the look of the original building in mind. To create a building that would stand the test of time, the team selected porcelain stone-look tile for the exterior cladding of the new facility. The earth-toned tiles were installed in a horizontal pattern giving the illusion of an elongated building on the property.
“Early in the conceptual phase of the project, we asked the church congregation to provide us with a list of spiritual principles that helped to shape their faith, explained Wade Miller, ACi’s senior project designer and project director. They found that the guiding tenants of the congregation matched well with the material honesty, lasting design integrity, low-maintenance nature, and recycled content composition of Green Squared Certified tile.
With these tenets in mind, the design team specified porcelain tile with a minimum of 20% recycled content.
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