The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) today announced plans to break ground for a state-of-the-art meetinghouse in Englewood, N.J, which will become the town’s first LEED-certified building. The facility will be used by English-, Spanish- and Korean-speaking congregations with members residing in several Bergen County towns, including Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Teaneck, Hackensack, Fort Lee, Bogota, Leonia and Ridgefield Park. A public groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29th, 10 a.m., at 62 East Forest Avenue (Mary Street between Grand Avenue and Dean Street).
The two-story, 15,270-square-foot building is expected to open in early 2014. It will include a chapel, 16 classrooms and offices, a gymnasium and 60 underground parking spaces. Latter-day Saints use meetinghouses for weekly worship services, recreational events and social gatherings.
“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,” said David Vawdrey, Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Englewood First Ward. “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.”
The meetinghouse will be built using tithes donated from the Church’s worldwide membership. It was designed by Architect Frank Fernandez and will be constructed by Kirchhoff-Consigli Construction Management. Unique design and sustainability features of the building include the following:
• Rooftop gardens to increase beauty and energy efficiency
• A sophisticated water recycling system to reduce wastewater generation and limit the use of potable water for landscape irrigation
• Advanced control systems for lighting and thermal comfort
• Use of recycled and renewable building materials
• Audio broadcast and translation capabilities to accommodate a variety of languages, including English, Spanish and Korean
“Englewood is an ideal location for our congregations based in this area of Bergen County,” said McLloyd Jensen, President of the Caldwell, N.J. Stake (similar to a diocese) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which includes 11 congregations throughout Northern New Jersey. “We are thrilled to construct such an innovative facility that will benefit our members and the community. In addition to the Englewood Chapel, we also plan to build a new meetinghouse in Jersey City that will accommodate our growing English and Spanish speaking congregations based there.”
All visitors are welcome to attend weekly services held on Sunday, 10 a.m., at the Church’s existing Englewood Chapel, located at 215 W. Englewood Avenue in Englewood, N.J. For more information visit www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/what-to-expect-at-church-services or http://www.mormon.org . There are 60 Latter-day Saint congregations and more than 32,000 members in New Jersey. Worldwide, there are more than 14 million members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, including 6 million in the US.