Avenue Christian Church (designed while with Goodman)
- Site: 10
Area: 20,665 sf.
Wood Stud Walls, brick exterior.
The entire auditorium roof
of this church had to be replaced after a derecho
passed through the Mid-West on May 8, 2009.
This type of storm is defined as a long-lived
windstorm that is associated with a band of
rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms.
This storm started in Oklahoma and extended on
into Indiana that day. This storm was
unusually large, measuring 26-34 miles in
diameter, had several small embedded
tornadoes. Thirty-nine recorded
tornadoes were involved with this storm. It
had the largest "bookend vortex" that some
experts had ever seen.
The winds in
Carbondale were recorded automatically at a
sustained 68 miles per hour, with gusts at 81 mph
before the system failed. A Marion airport
observer manually recorded a speed of 106 mph,
well above the designed wind speed for the
building. Numerous structures in Marion,
Carbondale and Murphysboro areas were
damaged. The SIU campus just 2 miles west of
the church sustained $5 million in damage to its