New Orleans First Baptist Church
MMI provided structural and civil engineering design of this 120,000 square foot multi-building complex. The development includes a 1,350 seat sanctuary, fellowship hall, music suite with choir practice hall, and a three-story education/administration building linked to the sanctuary building. The configuration of the design responds to the curved triangular site. This is especially apparent at the tiered roof of the sanctuary which is sea shell shaped and features a clear span of approximately 120 feet. Adjacent to the sanctuary, a 70 foot tall steeple is supported at three corners at grade, and at the remaining corner by the long span steel roof trusses.
The buildings are ringed with parking for 400 cars. Additional parking for 236 cars is provided in a smaller lot near the entrance to the sanctuary building.
Architect: E. Eean McNaughton Architects
Year Complete: 2004
Construction Cost: $15.2M