dickinson first united methodist church
hall barnum lucchesi architects
The congregation for Dickinson First United Methodist Church desired a strong presence in the community and wanted the new sanctuary lit so that the building would serve as a beacon even at night. On the exterior, the team at G2LD chose energy efficient and long life sources in order to reduce the maintenance and energy costs for the church. Select interior sanctuary lights were put on an astronomical time clock so that they would come on in conjunction with the exterior lights. This allows the extensive stained glass windows to glow at night, enhancing the exterior beauty. All fixtures were chosen in a size and color so as to be as unobtrusive on the facade as possible, minimizing architectural intrusion. Custom mounting details allowed small, efficient fixtures to wash the steeple in light without having to mount to or penetrate the roof surface. The result is a church that is a beacon for the surrounding community.
On the interior of the sanctuary, our challenge was to light the soaring space in an economical and efficient way without the use of pendants that would hang in the space and detract from the architectural design. In order to light the majority of the voluminous space, we used efficient and long life cove lights to uplight the center volume as well as the center clerestories. Having calculated the light output on computers prior to construction, we knew we could get enough light out of the coves to both enhance the architecture and give ample ambient light to the congregation below.
Theatrical fixtures, discreetly detailed track lights, and wall sconces complete the interior lighting design, bringing focus, functionality, scale and beauty to the new sanctuary.