CLIENT: Mountain Park Church
ARCHITECT: Barduson Architects
SIZE: 48,000 square foot.
CONTRACTOR: Redden Construction.
MEP ENGINEER: Systems Design Engineering
COMPLETED: October 2017
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Mountain Park Church is a new facility that was built to replace an existing facility that was in the path of the new section of the 101 South Mountain Freeway. The new church is 48,000 square feet – about 12,000 square feet bigger than the original structure, which was built in 1997. The new church also will increase seats in the main worship area from a current 900 to 1,100. The church was designed to be a new Ahwatukee landmark that was designed and built by Ahwatukee residents. Architect Steve Barduson, general contractor Dean Schifferer, and lighting designer Mark Greenawalt are members of the Mountain Park congregation.
Greenawalt’s scope included the review of the interior lighting and focused on the 4,000-square-foot roof deck canopy and the 74-foot lantern tower that rises above it. The canopy was illuminated by a series of RGBW color changing uplights mounted in custom made metal scoops. Two rows of weatherproof color-changing tape light was installed on the entire height of the tower along with six floodlights to illuminate the glowing lantern at the top of the tower. The cross is also illuminated with weatherproof tape light, but it’s LED lamps are consistently 2700K white light. Greenawalt programmed the tower’s DMX lighting controls for the standard amber color to match the Mountain Park logo, but features specially programmed shows on special holidays such as Christmas, Independence Day, and Canada Day (Pastor Alan Fuller is Canadian).
PHOTO CREDIT: Mark Greenawalt
PROJECT ADDRESS: 16461 S. 48th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85048