CORONA, CA, December 28, 2017 – PlainJoe, a unique architecture and multi-discipline design group, celebrated the completion and opening of three distinct church renovation design projects completed in Q4. The projects, located coast-to-coast in Los Angeles, Tulsa, and Orlando, provided unique design challenges in their varied physical constraints and corporate visions.
“I’m continually surprised by our design team’s capacity and versatility,” said Mel McGowan, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer at PlainJoe. “Whether it’s converting a big-box retail space into a vibrant worship center, or renovating an existing, traditional church space, they meet the challenge head-on. And the results are incredible.”
The three projects, as unique in scope as their locations, sparked opportunities for big ideas and epic transformations. In Orlando, Florida, Mosaic Church acquired an abandoned big-box grocery store located in an outdoor mall.
“When we first walked into the building, it was awful,” said McGowan. “Everything was falling apart and leaking, standing water everywhere. And to see the completed transformation today, it’s like night and day.”
The PlainJoe team provided environmental design and theming for the 78,000-square-foot building. From the moment they walk through the doors, visitors are immersed in the ongoing story of creation’s redemption through a stylized interpretation of the Garden of Eden.
At Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, PlainJoe’s environmental design team created a dramatic transformation of the church’s traditional children’s ministry spaces. The new theming welcomes kids into an exciting park setting with rock walls, adventure trails, and plenty of space for teaching, play, and meaningful interaction.
Freedom Church, located in a Los Angeles suburb, acquired an industrial warehouse to be converted into a modern worship space and community center that would impact their city every day, not just on Sunday. PlainJoe’s design team created graphics and theming that offers warmth and flexibility for the facility’s multiple uses throughout the week.
“We are so grateful for the many opportunities to serve churches across the country,” said PlainJoe President, Blake Ryan. “It’s a privilege help them restore and renovate the spaces they will use to transform lives and reach their communities for Christ.”
PlainJoe is also blessed to have served over 100 ministry clients across the U.S. and abroad in 2017.
PlainJoe is a multi-disciplined design studio connecting story across 3 dimensions:
Spatial Storytelling: Architecture & Environments
Digital Storytelling: Interactive Media & Web
Strategic Storytelling: Brand & Identity