JVC Architects has built a solid reputation in the Southwest over the past 22 years as an architecture firm with integrity that provides clients with exceptional service and quality designs. Licensed in Nevada, California, Arizona, and Utah.
PHASE I - JVC Architects designed the masterplan for a new 1,000-seat sanctuary, multipurpose hall and office facilities for this 1960’s-built church campus. For the 26,595 square-foot church project, JVC followed the requirements of the city of San Dimas, California, to incorporate early California architectural styles. Green design principles were also integrated, including an erosion and sedimentation control plan to control erosion and reduce its negative impacts on water and air quality, a storm water management system that limits pollution of natural water floors, a tobacco smoke control system that limits exposure of building occupants and systems.
PHASE II – Schematic Design has been completed for the Multi-purpose Building. This building will include a 700 seat assembly room, 10 meeting rooms, commercial kitchen, bookstore, outreach center and additional support facilities.
JVC Architects designed the Hope Chapel to offer peace, refuge, and inspiration to the people whom the Salvation Army serves. The angled roof with a glass cross incorporated into the spire, rises from the center of the campus, symbolizing a beacon of “hope.”
The building includes a chapel, small prayer room, library, courtyard and support facilities created in desert urban design. It is the heart of the campus, much like faith is to the Salvation Army’s mission. Although forward in design, the chapel cannot be viewed from the street, as it focuses on the internal needs of the campus.
Sustainable design helps stretch a volunteer budget. Twelve-inch thick walls with insulated concrete forms have an above-average resistance to heat flow (R-50). Low-E, inch-thick, insulated glass windows on the east and west sides of the building reduce heat gain, minimize distraction and maintain privacy, yet also capitalize on sunlight. A natural air-cooling and ventilation system and high-efficiency air handlers reduce energy use and operating cost.
Harsh exterior surroundings were addressed by integrating water features, a screened canopy, and blocks of synthetic turf in the courtyard. Not only do these elements assist in cooling down the brutal desert heat before air enters the chapel for natural ventilation, they also mentally prepare visitors before entering a sacred space.
JVC Architects prepared the masterplan as well as the design for the first phase of this multiple phase project for South Hills Church Community. The linear nature of the site resulted in the use of a pedestrian pathway leading from the west end of the site and parking area and connecting to the main “mall” within the building. The mall links all of the major building elements including the lobby, café, worship hall, resource center, children’s ministries and administrative functions. It will extend in the future to the proposed permanent worship facility.