Alpharetta, Georgia

Birmingham United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, Georgia is a vibrant and growing 170-year-old church. Blessed with a rolling 63-acre wooded site, the church leadership wanted to develop a new facility that was consistent with the church’s unique vision and sensitive to its surroundings.

BUMC charged the Architect to design a large worship space that conveyed a "feeling of warmth and intimacy" and which was "a place of peace, restoration and growth". The result is a "spiritual environment" that includes a new 600 seat Worship Center and Cloister as its focal point. Utilizing natural materials like wood and stone, the Worship Center opens out onto the Cloister. The Cloister includes covered walkways and a large open fireplace for church gatherings. A separate two-level Fellowship building contains a meeting hall and 12 classrooms. On the site are 7 miles of hiking trails, streams, footbridges, and outdoor Vesper Chapel, and out door amphitheater, and an athletic field.

Construction Cost:
$7.4 million

Total Project Cost:
$10.5 million

Construction Complete
October 2005

Tunnell-Spangler-Walsh & Associates

R.J. Griffin & Co.