FleischmanGarcia was retained by the reform Jewish congregation of Kol Tikvah to design a new synagogue, located in Parkland, Florida.
The 22,000 sq. ft. building incorporates architectural elements from the existing educational building—including a new sanctuary, social hall, commercial kitchen, grand lobby, Oneg Room/Chapel, caterer's office, bride's room, rest room facilities and porte-cochere.
The 400-seat sanctuary has a soaring, stepped ceiling culminating in a round shaft that disperses natural light from the base of the large dome above, illuminating the towering stone ark. The elevated Bemah is surrounded by wood paneling and is accessible by both steps and a handicap ramp located behind the Jerusalem Stone memorial wall.
The social hall is designed to compete with the finest hotel ballrooms in the area. Separated from the sanctuary by a tall, fabric-covered moveable partition, the entire area can be opened up for High Holy Day services with seating capacity exceeding 1,000.
The social hall's floor is covered with a custom carpet and features a large wood dance floor. With seating for about 300, food service is provided by a two-story commercial kitchen that includes a service elevator.