Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation owns a condominium space in an office park not far from Dulles Airport in Northern Virginia. This small congregation was looking for ways to make their industrial space feel more welcoming, more light-filled, and more sacred.
Brawer & Hauptman completed a Planning Study that opened up the lobby to bring in more natural light, feel more spacious and welcoming, and allow better sight lines to the entrance for better security. The sanctuary space, which was very functional and utilitarian, was redesigned with new lighting, finishes, and a bema that folds up to conceal the Ark when the room is rented for non-religious events. The moveable Ark can be relocated when the room is expanded for High Holy Day services. A suspended wood ceiling unifies the public spaces, hides the exposed utilities, and makes the interior warmer.