Future Plans in Answering the Needs
After listening to a variety of parishioners, there appears to be a need for not only more and larger meeting rooms, but also for space that would accommodate future requirements. This need was further confirmed by several Focus Groups held at the parish in November, 2013.
In response to this need, we had structural engineers perform a foundation inspection (Shields Engineering Group) and geotechnical evaluation (Universal Engineering Sciences) on our present soil and facilities. They found that the church and administration buildings were built on a form of sand or silt. It was discovered that after more than thirty years, the foundations are still settling or shifting. In the early 80’s, this was also found to be the case at the northwest corner of the church. The foundation was cracking and in an effort to correct it, concrete was poured under the slab to support the foundation, but with negative results.
The engineers offered two solutions for the church:
In light of our findings, we asked a number of architects to submit plans for new structures. After looking at their renditions we selected Smith Boland Architects to provide us with their concept. Their concept increases our space from 39,972 square feet to 103,310 square feet. It provides the following: