Immanuel Lutheran Church and University Student Center

Client: Immanuel Lutheran Church

Location: 2104 Bob Billings Parkway, Lawrence, KS

Use: Fellowship and Christian Education

Size: 9,745 s.f.

Completion: 2009

This design/build project is a multi-purpose fellowship and Christian education addition to a 1950’s iconic building adjacent to the University of Kansas campus. Design elements from the original are borrowed and transformed to create a new modern building that utilizes insulated metal-skinned panels for exterior walls and leaves steel structure exposed on the interior. The extreme slope of the site is accommodated with five at-grade entrances on three different levels in a 6,500 s.f. footprint! A new elevator in the “corrugated steel tower” provides access from the handicap parking spaces to the top story worship space in the original building. Natural light floods the interior spaces and the warming-kitchen serves functions from pot-luck-dinners to group events.