Congregation Beth El

The functional space of this existing synagogue building was more than doubled with the addition of a three story, 31,000 square foot element to an existing 27,000 square foot building.  The project was constructed in three phases which included the installation of a massive underground storm water retention system to meet new County codes along with complete renovation of the existing building.  Work on the project included the acquisition of adjacent property and the creation of a new record lot for the expanded building.

The Challenge

There were two main goals for this addition and renovation project. First, more classroom, worship, and program areas were necessary but the building was bursting at the seams trying to accommodate the needs of almost 1,000 families and needed to be fully operational during the construction period. In addition, the construction work needed to be timed to meet required functions dictated by the religious and school calendars. Second, something needed to be done about the entrance to the site from Old Georgetown Road. That area was the site of numerous traffic accidents as vehicles entered and exited the parking lot.

Building Specs

  • Architect: Levin-Brown
  • Cost: not disclosed
  • Size: 58,000 SF
  • Schedule: 18 months