As architects for the original Parish Mission Church, our firm was selected to design a master plan for this 81 acre campus, modifications to the existing church facility converting it into classroom and meeting spaces, and to design a new 1,200 seat church and parish house.
This is to be the largest "up state" church construction in recent history for the Archdiocese, and is to serve as the benchmark for the Diocese as it implements its reorganization and expansion plans for the future of the Catholic Church in New York.
The building encompasses 22,000 square feet of space comprised of a narthex, daily mass chapel, parish gathering hall, nave, sanctuary and related support spaces. There also plans to add a parish house at a later date. The master plan, which formulates the sites overall development, plans for a school/gymnasium and senior residence facility as future phases.
Bethel Baptist Church - Village of Wappingers Falls, NY
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BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH - Village of Wappingers Falls, NY
One of the fastest growing Baptist congregations in Dutchess County was in need of a new facility but was unsure of the best solution to it's space needs. Referred to us by other pastoral leaders in the area, we created a master plan for growth which necessitated relocation of an historic home and the acquisition of additional properties to create an "urban" lot of sufficient size to meet their requirements. Adjacent to their historic church, the new building was to serve as a gateway structure to the South Avenue area of the Village of Wappingers Falls.
Plagued by vicious fire during construction which razed the building when only 50% complete, we found ourselves involved in may aspects of the loss such as forensic analysis of the site, and structural analysis of the remnants to determine which, if any parts, were viable for reuse in new building. While devastating in the immediate aftermath, the loss galvanized the community around the Church and formed lasting bonds of friendship among prior adversaries.
The new church responds to its adjacent predecessor through its materials, repetitive window forms, shallow-pitch gable roofs and prominent tower. An urban park was created to provide a place of respite for pedestrians and church members alike, as well as to create a green space which moderates the scale of the building within a residential district. With seating on the main floor and balcony, the new facility seats 526 persons. The lower level houses offices, meeting rooms, a children's center and a choir rehearsal space.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - Albany, NY
CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS - Albany, NY
In order to meet the needs of one of it's expanding wards The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints needed to relocate to a new location. After an exhaustive search of properties that met the acceptable criteria of the Church a parcel was selected in the City of Albany. The property consisted of an existing non-inhabited catholic school.
Subsequently a study determined the renovation of the school to be cost prohibitive as well as programmatically inefficient. Based on this determination, the Church decided to demolish the school and erect a new building.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - Rexford, NY
CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS - Rexford, NY
Serving an extensive and close knit religious community, this facility is one of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ largest meeting houses in the north east. As such, the entire design needed to be in harmony with the local architecture, yet still keep with the intent of the Church’s nation wide building program. One aspect of this was stepping away from the Church’s standard procedure of building a church in phases and creating a comprehensive facility able to meet the needs of a large congregation immediately.
After careful consideration, the building was designed as a structural steel and masonry veneer facility. As such, it eliminated the need for a subdividing fire wall. Between this facet of design, and the installation of a state-of-the-art auto-dialer system providing instant contact with the fire department, the building exceeds required fire-safety standards. The absence of a separating fire wall also enabled the design to incorporate larger spaces than previously feasible, allowing for more of the congregation to meet at once . As an added benefit, this approach is very cost effective while still resulting in an aesthetically appealing structure.