Trinity Baptist Church
Raleigh, North Carolina
An Integrated Approach
Trinity Baptist Church was growing.
The church needed more space for family activities and serving the neighborhood. They wanted to build a large addition to the church and add extra parking.
The trouble was, Trinity Baptist is located in a densely populated neighborhood on a busy Raleigh thoroughfare. Extra space is hard to come by. Complicating matters further, any additional development of the property required improvements to be made to the public street, as a condition of approval by the city.
Paving the property to provide the additional parking needed would generate excessive storm water runoff
It was critical that all the available land was put to use. However, paving the property to provide the additional parking needed would generate excessive storm water runoff. The ultimate design solution had to account for this situation.
GFBA solved the problem by designing a system of underground storage tanks and sand filters to clean pollutants from the runoff water and detain it so it could be released slowly over time. By locating the storm water system underground, the church was able to build the parking lot above it. That way, the parking area served the dual purposes of providing parking and treating the storm water.
Thanks to GFBA’s design integrating multiple functions into the same space, Trinity Baptist was able to get the extra space they needed from the limited area available.