HKGi worked with Easter Lutheran Church to develop a site plan for this steeply sloped site along the southeastern edge of Thomas Lake. Because of the tremendous natural setting—herons are routinely spotted from the church grounds and city parkland lies on two adjacent sides—the congregation wanted to maintain the site’s natural environment as much as possible. The site design reflects those wishes by maintaining a contemplative pastoral setting. A Memorial Path winding along the lake's edge features memorial benches at various points along the path, and was constructed with a minimal amount of disturbance to the landscape. From the path the church building and parking lot can barely be seen, and traffic noise from the busy Cliff Road/Pilot Knob Road intersection is effectively eliminated by the placement of the building and vegetation plantings and preservation.