The First Baptist Church Master Plan in Amarillo, Texas is a downtown development of a prominent community church establish in 1889 in a 2,100 sf. chapel. In 2008 the master plan design of the existing church property consisted of four city blocks including the historic original chapel, current church sanctuary, a family life center, education & ministry center, and a youth park open space . The master plan intent was to develop a church site into a cohesive campus for pedestrians, with limited vehicular access that increased overall safety, continuity and sense of place. The design vision incorporated common paving patterns, campus wayfinding, landscape features, site & accent lighting, architectural elements, and planting areas to tie all of the church’s buildings and functions together.
TLA worked in coordination with a multi-disciplinary team of architectural, engineering (civil, structural, electrical), & specialty lighting consultants on the project. The new campus site combines architectural archway elements, an entry water feature, and brick paving to create a distinctive church environment. An ice/snow melt system, utilizing excess heat from the campus HVAC, was design and installed under the main pedestrian routes allowing for safe walkways for pedestrians during the winter months.