In the second half of 2014 Churches of Christ in Queensland will commence construction of a new head office campus on its existing hillside Kenmore location.
With an estimated construction schedule of just under 18 months, the organisation hopes to move into a specially designed, environmentally friendly, multi-storey building by the end of 2015.
The new building will incorporate flexible office configurations, training and meeting spaces with onsite parking.Â Future plans at the Kenmore campus include providing a spacious community centre, featuring a cafÃ©, along with a chapel and landscaped gardens.
Dean Phelan, Chief Executive Officer of Churches of Christ in Queensland said the organisation examined a number of options to cater to both current needs and to enable future growth.
â€œA number of alternative sites were considered, but our current Kenmore location not only offers space and flexibility, it also holds a significant historical place within the hearts of our members and staff,â€ Mr Phelan said.
â€œKenmore is the home of Churches of Christ in Queensland, now and into the future, and it was 50 years
ago this year that our predecessors turned the sod on what would become the Kenmore Christian College.â€
Founded in 1964 on the current site, which was purchased for Â£6,000, Kenmore Christian College provided theological training to numerous students until 1997, with a peak enrolment of 52 full-time students in 1979.
The facilities were then used to house the head office for Churches of Christ in Queensland including the expanding operations of its care services division, Churches of Christ Care.
With environment and sustainability a priority, Churches of Christ in Queensland is aiming for the highest possible energy efficiency rating, with features including a large solar panel array, geothermal air conditioning, photovoltaic energy generation and even provision for electric vehicles.
The organisation has also taken steps to minimise environmental impacts on wildlife and neighbouring properties with noise and dust mitigation a factor in the planning for the build.
Building of the new Churches of Christ Campus is due to commence in August, following the awarding of the successful construction tender.