A s its highest profile member takes the stage tonight in Denver to try and resuscitate his moribund campaign, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues moving forward with plans for a state-of-the-art, LEED-rated meetinghouse facility in Englewood, New Jersey. Located just across the George Washington Bridge from upper Manhattan, the meetinghouse would be the first LEED-certified building in Englewood. The project is registered under LEED for New Construction 2009.
Located at 62 East Forest Avenue, the two-story, 15,000-square-foot building is slated to open early in 2014 and is being funded by tithes from Mormons around the world. It broke ground last month and the design program includes a chapel, 16 classrooms and offices, a gym, and a 60-car underground parking garage. Mormons typically use meetinghouses for religious services and social events. The Englewood facility was designed by Frank Fernandez, an architect who has designed five other Mormon meetinghouses in the New York City area, including the first-ever local LDS temple across the street from Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side. This project is being built by Kirchhoff-Consigli Construction Management.
Green features at the Englewood meetinghouse will include a green roof; a graywater system; advanced building systems and lighting controls; and use of recycled-content and renewable building materials. “We are very pleased to be part of the religious community in Englewood and grateful to accommodate the growth of our congregations with such a functional and environmentally sustainable facility,” David Vawdrey, Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Englewood First Ward, told the Paramus Post. “On behalf of our members, we would like to thank the city of Englewood. We look forward to supporting our new neighborhood and providing our community with a beautiful house of worship.”