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United Christian Parish of Reston

This multi-denominational church project included a 25,000 Sq. Ft. addition with a new sanctuary, narthex, meeting spaces, and school, as well as a 10,000 Sq. Ft.+ renovation. 

The congregation asked the architects for a sanctuary that would be "uplifting" and allow them to be in touch with the natural environment, as well as serve as a welcoming beacon in the community.

They also asked that the new entrance face the community, not the parking lot. However, congregants arrive for religious services from two directions – pedestrians approach primarily from the south, but those arriving by automobile, park on the northern side. Thus, there are two “front doors” to this Church. This is a project that cannot have a “backside”.




Fairfax County Exceptional Design Awards, Award for Excellence

Northern Virginia Chapter AIA, Award of Merit in Architecture 

Project Information

Client: United Christian Parish

Location: Reston VA

Structural: Ehlert Bryan Inc. 

MEP: Potomac Energy Group

Civil: Burgess and Niple

Contractor: Jack Bays inc.

Photography: Dan Cunningham