Cornerstone Chapel lies in one of the fastest growing counties in the US and has been growing and serving families in the area for many years. Due to the explosive growth and a large community outreach program, the congregation had outgrown their existing facility. The vision for the church became clear: meet the needs of the fast-growing community of Leesburg while creating a peaceful atmosphere to enable more personal connections.
As a result of the desire to meet the needs of rapidly growing congregation, Cornerstone relocated their ministries from an existing retail center to a new site only one mile away. The campus has great appeal with its rolling, wooded, hilly acreage and dense wooded areas that the church requested to be preserved through the relocation. The church is sited on a hillside, carved out in the back to allow the continuation of the slope. By maintaining the beauty of the original land and keeping as many of the trees as possible, the design for the campus allowed the church to fit into the landscape gracefully. The Master Plan designed the church buildings to wrap the base of the wooded hill, providing a great outdoor fellowship space as well as a ministry venue.
The initial phase of the new campus tops out at 108,000 square feet – more than three times the size of their original facility. By the church’s request, natural materials that were harvested locally were used throughout the campus. Now, locally quarried stone walls provide a strong base, exposed wood trusses support the wood deck and clerestory glass windows in the Great Hall that bisects the building, and slate tile graces the floors and restrooms. Phase I includes a 2,200-seat worship center that has an intimate feel, two additional multipurpose venues with the capacity to seat 300 each, a 2-story education building that includes a full preschool and a complex for children and youth, and a coffee shop. The 32-acre campus now was the ability to hold thousands, while maintaining an intimate feel.