Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church is replacing its administrative building with a larger structure containing offices and community meeting rooms, making it a resource for the area, according to the church’s rector.

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church in Sandy Springs is demolishing its administrative building and plans to replace it with a new, larger structure to house offices and community meeting rooms. The project will cost $8 million dollars and will be completed in the summer of 2012.

The Rev. Michael Sullivan, rector of the church, believes the new building will create a sense of community in and around the parish.

“Holy Innocents’ is committed to the community and the city of Sandy Springs. We want to be a resource,” said Sullivan. “What we are building is not a monument, but a highly functional space for everyone.

“We want our space to be public — a place to gather, to have a cup of coffee, to talk with friends, to sit and read, or bring a laptop and work. We designed the space to be like a large living room where groups can grow in relationship and interact in meaningful ways.”

The construction is the product of 10 years of planning by the church, Sullivan said. New offices for clergy and staff, a 100-seat chapel, Sunday school classrooms and space for youth ministries will be added.

The HIEC worship space at the corner of Mount Vernon Highway and Powers Ferry Road will be left untouched, he said.

Because of safety reasons associated with demolition, the congregation plans to hold some services in the church’s Parish Hall, which also doubles as a lunchroom for Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School’s Lower School. Sharing this space and slight disruptions in carpool flow are the only effects this construction will have on the church’s adjacent school, Sullivan said.

The church chose TVS Design as project architects and RJ Griffin & Company as general contractors.