Mile Hi Church

Lakewood, Colorado, USA

The new 1,500-seat sanctuary is Metro Denver’s largest domed building.

Mile Hi Church needed to accommodate a rapidly growing, 5,500-plus congregation.  So, Fentress created a design utilizing an innovative fabric roof membrane.  The dome was inflated, insulated and reinforced with steel rebar.  Then, a concrete application completed the structure.

The sanctuary features an event-sized stage.  It is also outfitted with raked theater seating and state-of-the-art AV and lighting equipment.  The cutting-edge and energy-efficient venue is ideal for worship services as well as performances.

Prevalent throughout the design are symbolic elements such as a Vesica Piscis and an “all seeing eye.”  These may be found as a hidden narrative in the campus master plan, which includes a 600-seat balcony and a chapel.  They also guided site selection, and are featured motifs repeated in floor plans and ceiling design.