Institution: A church triumphs

First Baptist Norfolk has weathered many storms, but few as threatening as the one whipped up by the Virginia Department of Transportation. Church leaders knew that one day a new interstate interchange would slice across the boundary of its property. But they were shocked — and fearful for the church’s future —  when they saw plans to put a $100 million bridge within fifty feet of the main sanctuary. And the shock turned to betrayal when VDOT insisted the elevated highway would not disrupt the life of the church, and would actually provide a benefit in the form of “covered parking” underneath the interstate. That’s when church leaders turned for help to Waldo & Lyle.

Dr. Eric Thomas, First Baptist Church of Norfolk