Houston Northwest Baptist Church Children's Building & Connection Center

Church & Religious



Project Features
  • Green space for outdoor events
  • Multipurpose space with campus views
  • Classroom building with dedicated worship spaces

When Hurricane Harvey struck, Houston Northwest Church took on several feet of water across their campus. Kirksey helped HNW establish a path toward recovery and growth. As part of the master planning, the team decided to demolish the lowest building, the original worship center, since converted to children’s spaces. In it’s place the church developed The Lawn, a central green space for outdoor events. The original administration building was renovated to be used for adult groups and church offices. A future chapel was conceived as part of the master plan.

The 40,000-sf Connection Center and Children’s Building becomes an extension of the existing worship building, elevated to meet new flood regulations. The multipurpose Connection Center serves as a portal to HNW, welcoming members and guests with views to the rest of the campus. The Children’s building includes nursery through fifth grade, with dedicated worship spaces for each age group.

Janis Brackett, AIA, LEED AP 713 426 7426
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Janis brings decades 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. Having held numerous leadership positions within American Institute of Architects (AIA), including 2014 AIA Houston President, Janis was elected to AIA National’s “think tank” as 2017-2018 Strategic Councilor at Large. She is a longtime advocate of resilience, serving with Council Member David Robinson, FAIA on the City of Houston/AIA Houston 2020 Visions Steering Committee, past Chair of Gulf Coast Green, and Editorial Committee for GreenWorks Houston.