First Baptist Church of Gatlinburg
The challenge presented on this project was to provide complete worship, educational, fellowship, and administrative facilities within the site’s topographical constraints and the owner’s budget. A complete programming phase was conducted. Each department’s functional requirements were cataloged and prioritized. Schematic plans were prepared to reflect the congregation’s “dream” facility. Using this information as a basis, Community Tectonics Architects and the church building committee were able to adapt the concept to budget constraints.
This team concept, with regular church committee and congregational input, resulted in a new building which not only met the basic requirements for requested facilities but also provided a small chapel and a balcony area for expanded sanctuary seating. Both of these areas were not in the original program requirements.
The sanctuary seats four hundred and ten, with thirty-eight in the choir. The fellowship hall provides space for one hundred thirty-six at a dining function. A kitchen and serving area are adjacent to the fellowship hall. There are fourteen classrooms and a parlor with seating for twenty-five. Other spaces include offices, a library, and a nursery.