Trinity Episcopal Church

Location: Vero Beach, Fla.

Project type: religious

Client: Trinity Episcopal Church


  • new facilities master plan
  • new sanctuary
  • new choir suite
  • cry room and children's chapel
  • youth building
  • memorial gardens

The design for Trinity Episcopal Church combined an innovative Celtic cross plan with simple and traditional elements of regional architecture to express the heritage of the church's denomination and role in the community.

The primary site consideration is to link the new sanctuary to the campus grounds both symbolically and functionally with safe and convenient access for pedestrians and cars. The Celtic cross configuration of the proposed building on the site also maintains the scale and character of the neighborhood.

Organized to gather more than 800 people for worship with a balcony expansion space for an additional 200, the sanctuary was designed to provide excellent sight lines and intimacy with no seat farther from the altar than that which existed in the previous church of less than half its size. The acoustics and liturgical procession of the space were digitally modeled to allow a full understanding of the design and was used as a tool for fundraising. The Florida climate allowed the music suite to be located in a separate pavilion for both identity and acoustic separation.

This project was the result of a national ideas competition, which MTFA Architecture won. The cluster of carefully designed buildings serve the community's needs while carefully integrating into the residential scale of the neighborhood.