Engineering for Education, Florida

Discovery Church


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Discovery Church is a Christ-centered, non-denominational church located in Orlando, Florida with several satellite campuses throughout central Florida. In order to share their worship services with more followers, including broadcast subscribers all over the world, Discovery Church turned to Colwill Engineering to create a new 70,000 square-foot facility encompassing spaces for offices, childcare and a large-scale worship hall with live TV broadcasting capabilities.


An adaptive re-use project, Colwill utilized a vacant Sports Authority store to design and build the ideal facility for Discovery Church’s unique needs. The original roof structure was removed and replaced with a new elevated roof, with a 35-foot elevation, providing a visually stunning and acoustically superior worship space. All of the existing electrical systems were first evaluated to determine which portions could be rehabilitated and re-used and how they would need to be modified to address environmental and operating needs; all in a fashion that provided first-class operation, while maintaining the budgets established early on in the project.

From initial evaluation and design to occupancy, the new Discovery Church facility was completed in just 11 months. Colwill provided an all-inclusive MEP engineering, electrical construction and low-voltage systems construction package with highlights including a complete re-work of all lighting and controls, computer head end facility with redundant systems, and all-new low voltage systems split between several communications rooms throughout the facility.

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