As the new home for Eastside Christian Church, this project houses a growing congregation, allowing them to serve God, build community and unleash compassion. Located on a 20-acre site in East Anaheim within the former Boeing / Autonetics development, the adaptive reuse included a 2,700-seat worship auditorium, along with classrooms, meeting rooms, a fellowship hall, café and worship facilities for the High School, Jr. High and KidZone for infants and toddlers.
The 170,000 s.f., two-story facility retains the existing steel and concrete structural systems and tilt-up exterior walls. A voluminous 30,000 s.f. auditorium with stadium seating was created by cutting out a large portion of the second floor waffle slab and roof along with the addition of perimeter concrete shear walls, steel braced frames and trusses spanning 172 feet creating a clear height of 40 feet. New windows in the exterior wall panels provide light and ventilation to a former engineering facility, while the generous floor-to-floor heights and open ceilings will allow the “industrial” feel to permeate the youth spaces.