Project Description

Malibu Presbyterian Church

Despite the valiant efforts of local firefighters, Malibu Presbyterian Church was destroyed during the 2007 wildfires. The Church campus is located on a hilly 1.5-acre site at the intersection of Malibu Canyon Road and Malibu Knolls Road. Phase 1 of the project entailed replacement of the former facilities, a Sanctuary and an Administration Building, with new and attractive designs by domusstudio within the parameters of a “like for like” rebuild within the allotted fire insurance policy coverage. Phase 2 required the addition of a Fellowship Hall and bulk site work to redefine the parking area and site circulation.

Fuscoe provided a topographic survey, constraints map and SUSMP (Standard Urban Stormwater Mitigation Plan) as well as comprehensive civil engineering tasks. The project was phased to preserve usage and operations of temporary “Sprung” fabricated structures for Church activities. No storm drain or sewer was available to the site, requiring the use of an onsite septic tank with creative drainage design and water quality BMPs to avoid utilizing a pump and to maintain outlet runoff in a comparable fashion to the previous pre-fire design. Steep slopes, retaining walls, ramps and stairs were necessary to provide access to the elevated building pad at multiple points and at variable elevations. Agency coordination involved the City of Malibu and County of Los Angeles and strict compliance with “like for like” fire rebuild permitting was necessary to avoid triggering all permits, including a Coastal Permit.

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Malibu, CA

Malibu Presbyterian Church c/o Gary Daly

Daly America & domusstudio