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Sheboygan, WI
Arise Church was stuck in a building that was too large for them and was off-mission from what they felt God was calling them to do. By selling their facility to another church they were able to look for buildings closer to downtown that would allow them to be in the midst of their community.

They took an old insurance building and converted it into a great community church. A new entrance along the side creates a clear sense of entry and allows wheelchair access directly into the new main lobby. What once was a cubicle farm now creates an intentional sense of worship and kids classrooms are fun and exciting!

Arise Church

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project team

Risepointe /// Architect of Record
A Chappa Construction /// Contractor
Houseright /// AVLA Design

project info

Completed
17,000 S.F.
400 Seats

program

Partial Exterior Refresh, Covered Canopy Entrance, Lobby, Kitchen, Kids, Fellowship Hall, Restroom Renovation, Worship Center
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OBSTACLES & 

OPPORTUNITIES

In 1960 Sheboygan, an addition was added to Bensman’s Park and Shop Grocery to include some large walk-in refrigerators for meat and other cold produce, this would prove a worthy design challenge for our project as we encountered several differences in floor finish as it relates to height and material. The original structure, the pre 1960’s building while architecturally interesting with the large barrel wood structure, also proved to make creating an intimate worship space a challenge.

The mix of materials over the years combined with the various previous uses of this space added character, but also a design challenge - we found that strategy was needed to balance design, budget, and space planning. The end result is a space tailored to Arise Church’s special ministry style that offers intentional fellowship spaces throughout their lobby gathering areas.