Countryside Community Church / Tri-Faith Initiative

Connecting Faith And Community

The Tri-Faith Initiative is made up of three Abrahamic faith groups who have chosen to establish a faith-based campus together. The three communities are of the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic faiths: Temple Israel, Countryside Community Church, and The American Muslim Institute. The 32-acre, sustainable Tri-Faith Campus will be among the first destinations in the world uniting Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faiths on a collective campus.

HGA led a robust visioning and conceptual planning process that built consensus and enthusiasm for the relocation of Countryside Community Church to the Tri-Faith Campus. By bringing together large groups of stakeholders with differing needs and aspirations for the space we determined what each ministry needed to serve its’ mission.

The design team developed the layout and massing of the new church in a way that responds to the congregation’s worship practice. Beyond the worship spaces, the new building expands existing social, educational, and outreach programming including a coffee shop, banquet hall, classrooms, and a community food shelf. Architecturally, the new facility is defined by simple rectangular volumes, clad in dark terracotta shingles, which have a hand crafted and individually unique profile and emphasis a horizontal and grounded-feel. This contrasts with the more sacred elements of the sanctuary, chapel, and bell tower, which are clad in metal panels and emphasize vertical lines, thinness, and lightness. On the interior, the sacred spaces are distinguished by warm wood finishes that provide acoustics for various types of events.


Countryside Community Church interior 3

The sanctuary includes several different wooden panels to enhance acoustics for different community and liturgical events. Behind the choir and band area in front of the sanctuary, a wood wall with vertical boards diffuses sound using Quadradic Residue Diffuser (QRD) technology consisting of fins and wells. On the back wall on the main floor, a continuous wood grille with fabric-wrapped acoustic panels behind absorb sound. The ceiling consists of linear wood panels, in which 50 percent have a sound absorptive panel and the other 50 percent have a solid panel for sound reflection. Finally, sidewalls consist of vertical tongue-and-groove boards that are sound reflective.


Omaha, NE

Building Type

Church, Campus Plan


65,000 SF

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