Missionary Training Center
|Architect: Orthner Orthner & Associates
Lead Architect: ZGF, Portland
Location: Accra, Ghana.
Area: 12,000 m2.
Engineers: PAE, KPFF, Portland
Photographer: Rodney Quarcoo
Missionary Training Center – Description of Orthner Orthner & Associates.
The original MTC was built in 2002 in Tema, Ghana, and could fit only 90 missionaries. With the growing church in Africa, Church leaders decided to build a larger MTC next to the Accra Ghana Temple. The new MTC can house 320 missionaries, and there’s room to add on to accommodate 500 if needed.
The MTC is comprised of four structures: a training building, a multipurpose building, a residence building and a dining hall building.
The five-story residence hall with 80 dormitory rooms, can house up to 320 young people at a time. There are 28 classrooms, 18 practice teaching rooms and seven computer labs where missionaries receive training before they are sent to their assigned areas around the world.
The facility also has areas to provide for the daily needs of the missionaries such as a cafeteria, laundry facility, athletic fields and large meeting rooms.
The MTC buildings, along with the enhanced outdoor space, were designed to meet or exceed government requirements. The buildings feature extensive glass exteriors to maximize use of natural light and create a sense of openness between the MTC and surrounding areas. Large meeting rooms, rooms for practice lessons, and indoor/outdoor study areas are all designed to enhance the missionary training experience.
Elder Dale G. Renlund, an apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, toured the new facility, along with his wife, Ruth.
“As we walked through the halls and went into the classrooms, we sense already a real profound spirit that comes from those that have planned and built it,” said Elder Renlund. “It will be a phenomenal place for missionaries to learn about the Savior and to learn how to share His gospel.”
Several local leaders also toured the MTC. “The architecture, the landscaping, the organization — everything is done orderly. And once you walk in, you know that you walked into a very disciplined and spiritually filled place that will guide you throughout your tour,” said Adjei Sowah, the Mayor of Accra.