The Rime Board have been working with local architect Joel Marquardt with ArchETexture Works, to construct a meditation/prayer hall for the Rime Buddhist Center. Thanks to Joel’s expert advice the Rime Board decided that the most cost effective way to build the meditation/prayer hall would be to add it on to the back of the 2939 Wayne Ave property.
The design would allow people to enter in through the front of the building and then proceed into the meditation/prayer hall in the back. This would help prevent those who are meditating in the hall from being disturbed by anyone in the front entering or leaving the building. Future plans are to build a ramp onto the side of the front porch that would allow those with assistive devices to enter the building without going up stairs.
With multiple windows on the north and south walls of the meditation/prayer hall, we also wanted to make sure there would be plenty of natural light. The architect also pointed out that due to the sloping elevation towards the back alley we would be able to have a full basement with a door on the east side facing the alley. Having a full basement would allow us space for storage for the homeless outreach, and we would be able to access the basement from the alley. Gone are the days of having to haul homeless outreach supplies up and down steep steps.
We also will be adding more parking to the back of the property. The parking will be off the alley to help save space.