The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Kitchener Stake Centre
This new 2,323 m2 church was constructed on a 4.0 hectare site at the intersection of Bleams Rd. and Strasburg Rd. in Kitchener. The facility includes a chapel and rostrum with fixed seating for 311 people with movable partitions opening onto adjacent multi-use spaces with seating capacity for a further 94 people in the overflow and 660 people in the Cultural Hall. The Cultural Hall features a barrier-free raised stage with proscenium drapery, athletic equipment and hardwood flooring for basketball, volleyball, and badminton. A nearby serving area enables the Cultural Hall to be used for a variety of purposes including additional worship space, theatrical productions, and social events.
Additional spaces include 13 classrooms, Relief Society Room, Mothers Room, Family History Centre, Material Centre, and offices for stake president, bishops and clerks along with washrooms, coat room and storage areas. Site development includes parking, an outdoor recreational pavilion, and a play field with baseball backstop and soccer goals.
In May 2010, the project was awarded the Grand Valley Construction Association "Award of Excellence" for institutional projects in the $2 to $10 million category.
Location: Kitchener, Ontario
Client: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Architect: Garwood-Jones & Hanham
Partner-In-Charge: Ross Hanham