GIGL - Second Baptist Church

Church & Religious , Civic & Community


Houston, Texas


7,300 sf

Project Features
  • Houses educational preschool program
  • Renovation included a theater & classrooms
  • Theater has a fun and lively color palette
  • Purple bench creates perimeter and seating

The GiGL (Growing in God’s Love) program for preschool children at Second Baptist is a religious educational program that uses puppets and live actors. The 7,300 sf interior renovation includes a theater and four adjunct remodeled classrooms that flank the theater. The ‘black-box’ theater, fun and lively color palette and incandescent spot lighting create a dramatic feel in contrast to the adjacent classroom space.  A purple-colored freestanding bench serves as the perimeter of the theater space and doubles as a seating area for parents. The lay-in ceiling was removed, exposing the structure, opening up the space to include the twenty-two foot gabled attic. The aqua-colored sound booth contains controls for a full built-in theatrical lighting system and A/V system.


Janis Brackett, AIA, LEED AP 713 426 7426
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Janis brings 24 years of experience and a dedication to the collaborative process to Kirksey's Community Projects Team. Besides her proven ability to keep projects in budget and on schedule, she is enthusiastic about developing relationships with her clients and seeing their ideas and goals become realized. Janis was the 2014 President of AIA Houston, the 2010 Chair of Gulf Coast Green, and also served on the Editorial Committee for GreenWorks Houston.