St Paul Catholic Church Presentation


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E001.001: Category: Design Award of Excellence: New Work Building Area: (sf) 19,995 Date of completion: August 2008 Location of Project: 3131 Hyde Park Pensacola, FL 32503 Type of Project: Religious Facility Construction Cost: $6,400,712.12 $320.12/sf Program Requirements: There is an emerging movement within the Catholic Church to re-embrace and reinforce its traditions through the design of its places of worship. This new Church is a leading example of this movement in the United States. This Parish was formed in the mid-60s, however this is their first church. BTA’s programming process involved conducting several focus group workshops and surveying the entire congregation to obtain the “voice” of the Parish. Program Outcome : The Church should reflect a traditional style that is timeless as well as contextual to the overall neighborhood. The Church should be open, airy and well lit. It should be spiritually uplifting and the focal point of the campus. The Church should be warm, inviting, comfortable and encourage family participation. There should be quiet worship areas as well as acoustically alive space for music/choir. There should be good sight lines from all locations in the Church. The gothic arch was utilized throughout the design concept to reinforce the desired traditional style. Emphasis is placed on height, volume of space and the visible perception that the overall space rises up to the heavens above. This project is on a primary flight path to our regional airport. Acoustical isolation was accomplished through the use of a dense wall system (Brick/ICF) and multiple layer roof assembly. Glazing is typically provided in multiple planes utilizing wide air spaces between glazing and frame sections for sound isolation. A major emphasis was placed on original artwork and its display. Traditionally, artwork was used in the early church to maintain the attention and focus of the congregation. The importance of numbers in the Catholic Church were researched and symbolically utilized throughout the design.


E001.002 The three primary elements on this campus are the new Church, the School and the Parish Hall. This project linked these elements together from a pedestrian perspective, as well as vehicular. The new Church is placed adjacent to the street with the greatest traffic and visibility and it is orientated with the congregation facing east which is the most traditional placement. The pavers in the large entry gathering plaza form a cross with the Easter fire pit at its center. The cross leads you into the main entry. The bold graphic nature of this plaza design is intentionally done so that it is clearly visible from aircraft arriving and departing from the main runway at Pensacola Regional Airport.


E001.003 Visible in the floor plan layout are the three steps of entry into the Church symbolic of the level of reverence assumed starting with the exterior public plaza on the west, entering the Narthex through the large entry doors symbolic of the great gate into the walled city. Once in this transitional, semi-public space which traditionally was as far as an un-baptised and unconfirmed person could go, you enter the Nave, the main body of the Church, through sound control vestibules into the most reverent space. As can be seen in plan view, the layout of the pews follow the form of the gothic arch. Pews are also canted at two different angles between side aisle and center aisle so that every occupant’s focus is on the Sanctuary, Altar and Tabernacle. The floor also drops two feet from the Narthex vestibule entry to the first step of the Sanctuary, again reinforcing sight lines. The number of several design components have symbolic religious references. Several groupings of three are seen across the plan as well as on vertical planes. There are six primary trusses across the Nave with six pilaster supports on each side which represent the twelve apostles. There are seven steps representing God’s perfection from the Nave floor up to the Tabernacle which houses the Body of Christ. There are eight columns around the Baptistery symbolic of creation and there are 40 yards from the Narthex vestibule door to the Sanctuary symbolic of 40 days/nights trial and journey to the mountain of God.


E001.004 View: Primary Entry Corner Primary entry corner from northwest, symbolic features include three pair of entry doors and three clerestory windows above on each side of primary building spine above narthex and three mosaic saint panels on each corner face (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). Additionally, the total number of mosaic saint panels equal 24, six per building corner, which compares to the number of elders in Revelation 4.4, also the twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve apostles.


E001.005 View: Primary Entry The primary entrance to the Church reflects the traditional emphasis of strength and security similar to the primary gate into the ancient walled city. The primary doors are 3 1/2 ” thick x 42” width x 144” height of solid mahogany custom designed by the Architect and Engineer. The doors have eight original bronze castings depicting the life of the Church’s Patron Saint – Saint Paul.


E001.006 View: Narthex The Narthex is the transition zone from the exterior to the body of the church called the Nave. It was important in the development of this new church that we reused the most significant symbols from the original place of worship. These pieces include statues of the Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph, as well as a large crucifix placed over the primary entry vestibule into the Nave. These pieces are intentionally placed here to help the congregation more comfortably make the transition from old to new.


E001.007 View: Overall East Interior Church traditions are embedded throughout the facility design in both concept and detail. A major emphasis was placed on original artwork and its display. Traditionally artwork was used within the early church to maintain the attention and focus of the congregation who where most often illiterate. Again, design elements reinforce symbolism in numbers of three (arches across the Sanctuary and roof dormers per roof plane) and twelve (pilasters supporting primary trusses). Coordination of artwork placement, panel sizes, lighting and securement all required special attention of the Architect throughout design and into construction as the original artwork developed and often changed form leading up to its final state.


E001.008 View: Overall West Interior The primary roof spine/ridge continues from the Nave into the Narthex through a section of corrugated glass panels which are configured this way to reduce the overall sound reverberation of the space.


E001.009 View: Sanctuary The Sanctuary has several custom crafted wood and metal furnishings created specifically for this Church including the screen around the marble altar taken from the original place of worship to this new facility. The design calls for seven steps from the nave floor up to the tabernacle which houses the “Body of Christ.” The number seven is symbolic of God’s perfection in creation.


E001.010 View: Main Chancel Arch and Ambo The large chancel arch directly over the altar is symbolic of Christ as the keystone of the Church.


E001.011 View: Main Aisle Looking East The traditional orientation of the Church is facing east to the rising sun. The nave floor slopes gracefully from the narthex down two feet to the first step of the Sanctuary providing all occupants a clear line of sight to the ambo and altar. The distance from the door into the nave to the Sanctuary is 40 yards. This number is symbolic of the 40 days/nights of Christ’s trial in the desert and Elijah’s journey to the mountain of God.


E001.012 View: Side Pilasters in the Nave There are six pilasters on each side of the Nave, twelve total, holding up the primary roof trusses over the Nave and congregation which is symbolic of Christ’s twelve apostles. At each pilaster is an originally designed and created mosaic dedication cross with bracket mounted candle.


E001.013 View: Curve of the Pews and Truss/Roof Deck The curve of the pew ends is illustrated by this photograph which again forms a gothic arch on the floor. A major emphasis in the gothic style is placed in height, volume of space and the visible perception that the overall space rises up to the heavens above. This is reinforced by our choosing to run the wood decking perpendicular to the ridge instead of the normal parallel arrangement. This allows your eye to follow these lines up the roof slope to the ridge.


E001.014 View: Side Aisle Arch and Stained Glass The gothic arches down the side aisles frame the arched, stain glass pieces on the exterior wall creating a shadow box effect as you walk down the center aisle of the nave. The primary sources of stain glass for this church are from Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Philadelphia, PA c1916 and the Cathedral of the Diocese of Oakland, CA c1893 which were salvaged from the church destroyed by the 1989 earthquake. These old stain glass pieces had to first be cleaned and refurbished before shipment here and then each piece installed into a custom frame assembly designed by the Architect. The outer/exterior frame assembly had to meet current building code requirements and is an impact resistant insulated curtain wall system and the interior frame consists of just the capture part of a typical curtainwall assembly mounted to the backside of the outer frame assembly, making it basically a double-sided curtainwall frame. This alignment of frames is critical to eliminate shadow lines across pieces of stain glass.


E001.015 View: Baptistery The Baptistery is given its own structure which includes a mosaic dome ceiling which is a representation of the center dome from Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome and the floor mosaic portrays God’s creation. The structure has eight columns symbolic of the eighth day of creation, new beginning, and the day of Christ’s Resurrection.


E001.016 View: Nave Southeast The placement of the choir in a Catholic church is difficult for two reasons. First, the choir cannot go back behind the altar and second, when placed in the rear of the church in a mezzanine, they become disassociated with the congregation. Our design places the choir off to the southern side of the Sanctuary facing back towards the congregation while being able to maintain sight with Mass functions that occur at the altar and ambo. The facility has turned out to be one of the best venues in Pensacola for music and choral performances having been utilized for such purposes by many local organizations.


E001.017 View: Center Aisle, Nave to West As one exits the Church back up the sloped floor down the center aisle, you see the large rose window in the narthex above the primary entry door. There are seven pieces to this stained glass assembly representing the seven sacraments of the Catholic faith.

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Project Name: Saint Paul Catholic Church Project Location: 3131 Hyde Park Pensacola, FL 32503 Owner/Client: The Catholic Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee Rev. Bishop John H. Ricard / 850.435.3800 St. Paul Parish Father Doug Halsema / 850.434.2551 1700 Conway Drive / Pensacola, FL 32503 Architect(s) of Record, Contractors, Consultants and any other participants: Bullock Tice Associates (BTA) : Architect of Record & Interior Design Liturgical Environs / Steven Schloeder: Liturgical Consultant Jehle-Halstead, Inc.: Civil Engineer Joe DeReuil Associates, LLC: Structural Engineer Schmidt Dell Associates, Inc.: Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Engineering The Jerry Pate Co.: Landscape Design Clarke’s Interior Concepts: Interior Design Consultant/Finish Siebein Associates, Inc.: Acoustical Consultant Walthall & Associates: A/V Consultant The Morette Company: Construction Manager/Contractor George Biggs: Project Coordinator for St. Paul Contact Person: Design Team : Mike Richardson, AIA, LEED AP / BTA 850.438.0050 / 909 E. Cervantes St. / Pensacola, FL 32501 Owner : Father Doug Halsema / St. Paul Parish 850.434.2551 / 1700 Conway Drive / Pensacola, FL 32503 E001.018 Project Identification Slide This slide will not be seen by the jury. Please fill out the information requested to the left. As with other slides please set the correct Entry Number above; OK to leave slide# as “x” Note: on this slide if you run out of space please adjust font size as necessary or move more information to the second column. DO NOT add a slide. Upload your information to the designated FTP site on the instructions slide. Your entries must be received by 11:59 PM on November 19, 2010 . NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. Photographer(s): Chris Wilkinson: Slides 9, 10, 11, 16 (Choir) JP King, Birdwell Photography and Multimedia: Slides 6, 8, 15 (Domed Ceiling) Steven Schloeder : Slide 5 (Door Medallions) Linda Sawyer, AIA: remaining slides By making this submittal, each entrant agrees that the information contained on the Project Identification slide is correct and complete and that the entrant will hold NW Florida AIA harmless for any and all damage arising out of its use of the information on this sheet and in this submittal. Any errors or omissions are the responsibility of the entrant.