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This structure helped meet the functional needs of a growing parish on a tight budget while delivering a high end product. Together with the Architect, we worked on the tough problem of producing an architecturally pleasing building on poor ground conditions and on a tight budget.

The solution was a combination of precast concrete walls and floors with a metal building roof system and loft floor framing, founded on a drilled pier foundation. The precast was very flexible and a quality product. Architectural grade panels, poured into rubber molds to simulate stone, with colored concrete and mild reinforcement were used for walls in the upper level. Structural grade acid etch panels with form line reveals were used for detail at the lower level. Double tees were used to clear span 65 feet over the gymnasium on the lower level.

We found that with adequate front end planning and communication with the precaster and metal building manufacturer, the best of both technologies could be integrated and coordinated. The precast gave the church a traditional look while minimizing winter conditions with off site fabrication, and the metal roof structure provided an economical cover.

This 22,000 SF facility was winner of the 2003 ACE award and now houses a parish center with gymnasium capabilities, kitchen and nave/loft for an occupancy of 600 parishioners.


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