Philadelphia architect designs a multi-use, flexible and sustainable facility for a Reform congregation in central New Jersey.
Brawer & Hauptman, Architectsdesigned an efficient, cost-conscious facility that allows for a number of room configurations using movable partitions.
Typical Shabbat Worship Service
This configuration provides sanctuary seating for 100. Six classrooms provide spaces for meetings and adult education. This configuration can remain in place for most of the week and work for most activities.
Opening all of the partitions provides banquet seating for 200 with room for a band and a dance floor. The lobby and adjacent conference room with a sliding glass wall provides ample pre-function space.
Religious School Classrooms
Nine classrooms of 16 students, each one accessible without having to go through another classroom. The "murphy bema" folds up to conceal the ark.
High Holy Day Services
Opening all of the partitions and turning the chairs to face the long wall provides seating for for 450 with the back row to be within a comfortable distance from the bema.