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.