The Plano Bahá’í Center The dream of building the Plano Bahá’í Center was initiated by the Bahá’ís of Plano in the mid 1980s. It was essentially a grassroots Bahá’í development project arising out of the assessment of local needs, and its development is focused on increasing the capacity of the Plano Bahá’í Community and its Local Spiritual Assembly to take concrete steps that promote the spiritual transformation, social and economic development in Plano, and to contribute toward the realization of the Bahá’í vision of the future in the creation of a peaceful global society that fosters both individual and collective well-being.The vision, passion, and sacrifice of the Bahá’ís of Plano carried the idea from its simple beginning to the opening and dedication of this magnificent place of worship in 2003. The Plano Bahá’í Center is dedicated to the oneness of humanity. Standing on a 3.4-acre site in the north section of the City of Plano, a city located 20 miles north of downtown Dallas with an estimated population of 300,000; it is serving the needs of the Bahá’í communities in Plano and the nearby cities.Financed entirely by voluntary contributions by the Bahá’ís of Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, the Plano Center is a testimony to the unity of the human race. Mr. Hossein Amanat, the world-renowned and distinguished Canadian architect who is originally from Iran and currently working in Vancouver, Canada, is the chief architect of the Plano Center. Mr. Amanat’s contributions to the Bahá’í World are enormous and include such magnificent buildings as the Seat of the Universal House of Justice, Centre for the Study of the Texts, and the International Teaching Center constructed on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel. Among the key elements in design of the Plano Center, is the use of light wells to provide natural light, and beautifully landscaped courtyard, gardens and grounds. The construction of Phase One was completed in 2003. The building has an inside area of approximately 10,200 square feet, and it includes a 250-seat auditorium to be used for worship and meetings, a serving kitchen, and nine rooms which are being utilized in support of the Bahá’í administrative services, Information Center, Bookstore, and classrooms. The Foyer has a seating capacity of 150 and together with the auditorium’s seating capacity will offer a total seating capacity of 400 seats. The construction of the other four Phases, which will occur sometime in the future, will add 32,300 square feet of space to the Plano Center for a total space of 42,500 square feet, and it will increase the auditorium’s seating capacity to 750 seats. The expanded auditorium will feature a high ceiling and lofty windows that would flood the room with natural light. A corridor and a landscaped courtyard, a cafeteria, a full kitchen, and a garden will be added, and the education wing’s first and second floors will be constructed, which will add 24 additional rooms.