We recently moved into a 15,000 square foot meeting space in Franklin, NC that we renovated for an auditorium and LifeKIDS area. My first tip in renovating any space is get an experienced architect to help you look at the space and identify any and all needs that come with an “assembly” space. The North Carolina code for assembly spaces is very specfifc. I would imagine its the same in all states as well.
A couple areas that an experienced architect will be able to help with is:
- Is there enough parking?
- Are the bathrooms adequate or need upgraded, enlarged?
- What fire safety issues are there that need resolved?
- Do you need or is there adequate fire sprinkle system in place?
There really a whole list of things that an experienced church architect can address and design for. I’ve done a small project without one, but I’d never do the one we recently renovated without the use of one.
Take some time. Research and talk to different firms. It’s worth the time and cost.