How it all started
In 2010, Studio Red assisted the long range planning committee at Mims Baptist Church in identifying ministry, programmatic and aesthetic goals for future expansion of their facilities and campus. Mims Baptist Church has a rich history in the Conroe area, beginning with a small congregation in 1933 and growing to a vibrant conservative Baptist church with great impact in the community for the past 81 years. The master plan and multi-phase construction project by Studio RED is the first significant project undertaken by the church in the last 15 years. The first phase was a 38,900 sf children's building for the church which was completed in October 2013. The building featured educational classrooms, administrative offices and a 600 seat multi-functional banquet hall.
A second phase and a new chapter
Lead by Studio RED Principal, Micah Simecek, the 8,500 sf renovation project included the demolition of a 20,000 sf education wing that was underutilized and in diminishing condition. The demolition made way for additional parking and a new second floor entry to the existing Fellowship building. The new facility features a youth worship room with a capacity to seat up to 120 students, a lounge and gaming area for recreation, three re-purposed classrooms and finish upgrades in eight existing classrooms which will support education for young adults grades 7 to 12. The space will also accommodate audio, visual and lighting for a contemporary worship style. "This project utilizes the great bones of their existing building to the church's advantage," said Simecek, "Creating a unique aesthetic that engages the young adult segment of their congregation."
About Studio RED
Micah Simecek is a Principal at Studio RED, where he has established himself as a leading architect in the Houston architecture industry, completing over one million square feet of commercial and residential projects over his ten year career, with a cumulative value of over $250 million. Simecek's design and management skills set him apart in his field and his practical approach to challenges on medium and large-scale projects yields valuable solutions for institutional, corporate and higher education clients.
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