National Community Church

Established in the 1990’s the National Community Church (NCC) developed its unique vision of worship and community outreach through the temporary use of movie theaters through-out the Washington Metropolitan Area. As their membership dramatically expanded, they recognized the need for a more permanent home to serve as the central point of their ministry.

The NCC purchased the historic Blue Castle Building, located across the street from the Washington Navy Yard and in close proximity to the increasingly popular mixed-use developments near the National’s Stadium, in SE Washington. Forrester was selected to support the final stages of design with Preconstruction Services that included estimates, schedules, existing condition assessments, and constructability reviews. Part of the challenge with this first phase renovation was the need to accommodate the existing tenants that occupied the space adjacent to the new Church Facility.

The Project included complete demolition of all existing interior construction within the 25,000 square feet claimed by the Church for Phase 1. There were structural modifications to the existing slab on grade to create the sloped floor auditorium, and roof reinforcement as required to support new interior loads as well as new rooftop equipment. New construction included a new layout of offices, meeting rooms, classrooms, public and private restrooms, audiovisual controls rooms, and other support spaces necessary to accommodate the new central worship and gathering spaces that form the core of their new facility. The new space layout is designed to provide efficient operation and finishes were selected for low maintenance durability for long term use. The Phase 1 plan was also designed for easy expansion into future phases as existing tenants vacate the building and the Church’s mission continues to expand.

Project Location:

Washington, DC


MTFA Architects


25,000 SF


6 months