Trinity celebrates pre-opening of newly renovated fifth floor chapel and art center

March 7, 2012

Brammer ChapelOn Tuesday, March 6, Trinity celebrated the pre-opening of its new fifth floor chapel with an open house welcoming students, staff, faculty, board members, builders and architects.

The Brammer Chapel and Center for Art & Communication is named for donors George and Jackie Brammer, who made a $700,000 gift to the college in honor of George’s parents Otto and Goldia Brammer.

It houses the college’s worship space, visual communication lab, audio communication room and art gallery.

The college broke ground on the chapel renovation this past September, after a team of college faculty, staff and students worked closely with Dan Nelson, an architect from Designs Northwest, to design a chapel space that would also function as a new home for the college’s graphic design and visual communications program.

The renovation offers porous boundaries between different areas, with the worship space in the center. Glass windows and open corridors allow for views of the surrounding city from the chapel itself.

“In the Trinity/LBI tradition, in our learning and our worshipping, we are always looking out into the world,” Academic Dean Jeff Mallinson said.

The physical space and design of the new chapel is representative of the life and ministry of the college.

“We see worship as sacred time and space that flows out into the world through the elements that are instituted here,” Mallinson said.

President John Reed believes this kind of porous worship space speaks to the Brammer family’s intentions with the gift they made to the college.

“George and Jackie Brammer have a real heart for the Church and to see the church extending out into the world,” Reed said.

While the chapel will be open to students, faculty and staff through the duration of the academic year, the college will celebrate an official opening with a ceremony on Friday, September 28, 2012. Alumni, friends and community members are invited to join the college community for that celebration.