Originally Posted by Stormer
Whoah Landscaping! I could never figure out how such a big church could not have even a single tree.
Maybe don't get too excited about it, yet! If I recall correctly of what was mentioned, their original vision for landscaping from some time ago is projected to be more expensive than they'd like, so compromising on a few features may be comptemplated.
I guess constructing Living Hope Alliance to or close to commercial or institutional specs in this era is pretty expensive, so that budgeting for landscaping was not a big priority. Living Hope had been established, with its fairly large size in mind, when Hillsdale Alliance outgrew it's facility, due in part to the increasing student population from the former Canadian Bible College (4th Ave. & Lewvan Dr. - CBC was a Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) institution having the same affiliation with most of the Alliance churches) populating the local C&MA and other denominational churches during the late 90's and into 2000's before they (CBC) moved out of Regina to establish Ambrose University in Calgary, and also due in part in considering Regina's growing population.
Another large church in a large building includes Circle Drive Alliance in Saskatoon, which seats 2000+ persons
in their main Sanctuary, vs just under 1000 in Living Hope
. Now Regina Apostolic Church on Assiniboine Ave. looks pretty sizeable with its new gymnasium addition. I don't know or remember if their landscaping was sparse for a number of years from when they established.
Edit: Looks like the parcel of land that Living Hope occupies is fairly large! ie. paying off that purchased value alongside the construction expenses probably would have pushed landscaping down in priority even more during the period.