New Temple Design Committee, comprised of interested Trustees and community members, worked on the conceptual design for almost a year to define the basic elements of the design and prepare a Requirements Document. This was used to solicit proposals from Architects.
In the fall of 2007, HTCC commissioned a team of three distinguished architect firms to prepare the architectural design of the New Temple. SlaterPaull of Denver, Colorado, as Project Architect, had the overall responsibility for the site layout, project architecture, preliminary design, and permit through the FDP phase. They are the leading architects in Denver for religious facilities throughout Colorado. Mr. Clayton Cole and Ms. Melanie Short are both LEED certified architects and specialize in design of Green buildings. They prepared the site plan and general architectural drawings to obtain FDP approval.
Mr. Subhash Nadkarni, Principal of ArchiForm of Chicago served as the Temple Architect. He has been involved with the design and construction of over a dozen temples in United States. He prepared the interior design and layout of the two floors of the building. He worked with Mr. Selvanathan (Mathu) Sthapati, Principal of Sri Vaidyanath Sthapati and Associates of Chennai, a leading temple architecture and sculpture firm in India. They together developed architectural design of the temple, based on Requirements Document Guidelines and community input, which:
- presents a unique blend of North and South Indian temple architecture
- is based on Vastu and Aagam Shastra principles
- provides attractive facilities to meet the community needs for religious, cultural, and spiritual activities
The design provides a single two-storey building with upper level and walkout basement, to save cost. The upper floor will serve as “Temple” with about 9,000 sq ft area will house “Mandirs” (temples) for various deities, in a large prayer hall that can accommodate four to five hundred devotees. A large open, but covered porch will be used for outdoor ceremonies. The ground floor (walkout basement) will serve as Cultural Center with about 10,000 sq ft floor area. It will have a multi-purpose hall, stage, kitchen, gift store, conference and classrooms, and other facilities. Besides three staircases, an elevator is provided.
The Site Plan provides 188 parking spots with easy entrance from and exit to South Potomac Street. The attractive landscaping will include water features, flower and rock gardens, and evergreen and fruit trees. There will be a playground for children.
A covered Yagna Mandap will be built later and provide an attractive site for weddings and other community celebrations. In future, a separate Cultural Center can be built in the open area on west or north side of the building. That will increase the space for religious, spiritual and educational activities in this building.