At a time when attendance nationwide is steadily dropping –and taking financial support with it – how do you design a church for the future?
Ahwatukee architect Steve Barduson’s answer to that question is reflected throughout his design of the new Mountain Park Community Church.
Sustainability is the key, said Barduson.
Though Mountain Park has withstood the challenges of dwindling attendance that beset so many churches throughout the country, Barduson believed sustainability still had to be a goal in designing his 80th church in the Valley.
That term not only carries an environmental meaning, although Barduson calls the new church at 48th Street and Frye Road “the most energy-efficient building in Ahwatukee” because of its thick triple-insulated walls and a control system that senses when rooms are empty or occupied and automatically adjusts lighting and heating and air-conditioning.