If you’ve ever wandered west of Kanata along the 417, you’ve surely seen The Bridge Wesleyan Church. Occupying a long, roadside piece of land on the north side of the Queensway, The Bridge is a familiar site to Ottawa residents who commute to the Kanata area and attend hockey games and events at the Canadian Tire Centre.
Several years ago, The Bridge identified the need for updated children and student ministries which were then housed in portables outside the main building. Expansion plans were approved by the Church’s congregation and Hobin Architecture was engaged to design the 16,000 square foot multi-phase addition that would encompass The Bridge’s redevelopment.
The recently completed Children’s Wing was designed using a “bridge” or spine to connect the existing building with the Phase 1 addition. Principal Architect, Gord Lorimer explains that the project, once fully realized, will include three main pods which will serve as an expanded lobby, children’s ministry and student ministry. “It was important that we develop this expansion as a series of pods so that each could be used as a separate space that still complements the entire building – and the Church’s mission and community.” Mr. Lorimer’s project team included Patrick Bisson, Project Architect, and Alison Michelin, Architectural Technologist.
A future student ministry pod will feature a convertible gymnasium space which can be used as a second auditorium and can host a variety of Church activities, weddings, etc.
Fundraising toward the expansion goals began in 2009 and continues for Phase 2 of the project. Please visit www.bridgechurches.ca.