AHJ Portfolio: Religious


Boise First Community Center

This new 65,000 square foot church facility is a two-story multi-use building. The entry is a two-story lobby with a porte cochere, which leads to a library, nursery/daycare, classrooms, choral room and a 12,000 square foot multi-use room, which is used for corporate worship, concerts, as well as a gymnasium. This room has a large flat floor, large platform and is equipped with state of the art audiovisual effects. The first level also includes administrative offices and music/choir rooms. There is a full commercial kitchen, which is used for large church social functions such as weddings, banquets, etc. The upper level houses the children and youth departments and classrooms. The structural systems are long span open web steel roof joist and steel beam and concrete composite floor joists, which allow for large expansive areas and create a very flexible space for future program changes. The lateral resistance system is the concrete masonry unit bearing shear walls. The foundation is a conventional spread footing system and the first floor is a concrete slab on grade.

Treasure Valley Bible Church

This new two-story church facility houses a sanctuary as well as a gymnasium. The sanctuary portion of the building is constructed from tilt-up concrete walls with a steel joist roofing system. The remaining part of the structure has wood framed walls with wood I-joist and truss roofing system.

St. Katharine’s

Because of the high snow loads and unique architectural design, this small church in Cascade, Idaho required special structural details. The roof structure is a timber frame with a combination of masonry and precast concrete wall elements

Valley Shepherd Church

This church structure is a combination of open web steel joist and steel deck in the worship space and a wood truss and wood panel roof deck diaphragm. The walls are site cast tilt-up concrete panels. The tilt-up panels were designed with a deep vertical reveal to simulate board and batten. The worship center roof trusses are scissor shape and designed to support the architectural ceiling and catwalks. Because of the tight wall design tolerances coordination between the architect, contractor and structural engineer was continual

Trinity Presbyterian

This church structure is an open web steel joist and steel deck roof with CMU bearing walls. Because of the worship space window opening design, special detailing was required for the drag struts to allow the lateral shear forces to be distributed to the CMU shear walls.