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The parish at Saint Michael had to make the tough decision either to expand their existing church or build a new facility. They were under considerable pressure from the Diocese to build a much larger facility and grow the parish. After a long struggle, they decided to build a new church but with a traditional feel.
The 45,000 square foot building includes a 1,200 seat main worship space, 200 seat chapel, a gathering space (narthex) and ambulatory. Also, included is a two-story shell for a future social hall, meeting rooms and parish offices. Initial designs looked at a more modern approach but the leadership and the congregation drove the design toward a traditional church giving the space the feel of a basilica. Adding to that, stained glass windows and liturgical treasures from the old church have been incorporated into the new design. The building is constructed of load-bearing masonry, some steel framing, heavy timber trusses, and wood roof deck and is anchored by a 110-foot bell tower. Brick was brought inside along with a stamped and stained concrete floor and natural wood furniture and accents. The project also includes extensive site work and stormwater management.
Firm: McBride Kelley Baurer
Project Manager for the project from Design Development through construction. Acted as principal contact with the client and contractor; lead the design team and performed construction administration tasks.
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