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Watermark Community Church first floor plan 1 worship 2 lobby 3 shop 4 community room 5 nursery 6 coffee bar 7 future 8 tower

p r o j e c t  Watermark c l i e n t  Watermark

In the fall of 2007, Watermark Community Church in

Community Church, Dallas

Dallas completed phase two of a three-phase project

Community Church

that created an 11.5-acre campus master-planned and

a r c h i t e c t  Omniplan

Housewright, FAIA; Scott Hall, AIA; Jim Pat-

designed by Omniplan. First came the renovation of an

terson, AIA; Juan Ponce; Brian Saldana, AIA; Dale Hogue; Kevin

eight-story office building to provide facilities for the

Glasscock, AIA

church’s growing congregation, including spaces for

d e s i g n t e a m   Tipton

c o n t r a c t o r  Rogers

adult education and children’s classes. The second


Fuess Partners (structural); Blum Consulting

phase, construction of an interim 2,100-seat worship

Engineers (MEP); Talley Associates (landscape); Acoustic Dimen-

space with a community gathering area, responded to

c o n s u l t a n t s   L.A.

sions (acoustic); Pacheco Koch Consulting Engineers (civil); Scott

Watermark’s rapidly growing Sunday services that over-

Oldner Design (lighting); Dana Foley Design (furnishings); Omniplan

flowed temporary arrangements in a local high school’s

(environmental graphics); Inspec (specification); MB Parker & Co.

auditorium. The final phase will include construction

(food service)

of a 250,000-sf complex comprising a 3,500-seat

p h o t o g r a p h e r  Peter

auditorium for worship, a 500-seat multi-purpose room,



a 350-seat chapel, and a children’s education buildfountains :

ing. The centerpiece of the campus is a baptismal pond

Robertson Commercial Pools; fences and gates : Kee Klamp; cementious

set within the lawn of an expansive courtyard, which

decks :

metal materials :

visually conveys the idea that Watermark’s congregation

Bratton Steel; laminated wood beams : Unit Structures; architectural

represents a large community. The courtyard, adjacent

woodwork :

Johns Manville;

to the worship building’s “front porch,” provides an

Owens Corning; roof and wall panels , fascia and

outdoor space suitable for small gatherings and large

r e s o u r c e s concrete pavement :




Williams + Clark;


events. The architects’ master plan set aside another large tract within the campus for the construction of

Glass); gypsum board framing : ClarkWestern Building Systems; tile :

future facilities.

paints : fans :


t e x a s

a r c h i t e c t

building insulation :

Glass); glazed curtain wall : Texas Wall Systems (Oak Cliff Mirror & DalTile;


Featherlite, Acme;

PPG (Oak Cliff Mirror &

soffit panels : 4

burnished block :

rood deck insulation :




Southern Star Concrete;

Petersen Aluminum;

acoustical ceilings :


glass :

special ceiling surfaces :

Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams;

shades :


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Texas Architect March/April 2010: Performance Spaces