The parishioners of St. Gregory’s identified a critical need for additional space given the current limitations of their parish campus. The existing church was a single story 11,500 SF slab-on-grade laminated wood structure built in 1975. Their goal was to build a space to facilitate and enhance community gatherings, faith formation, and liturgical celebration.
The 6,200 SF facility expansion included an expanded narthex area to facilitate circulation among the existing and new spaces as well as gathering and greeting space before and after liturgical events, two parish community rooms to provide informal space for meeting and fellowship consisting of a parish “living room” and an expanded café, two large conference/meeting rooms, a large parish gathering space to accommodate 120-150 people for hospitality, liturgy, education and faith formation, a music rehearsal/ large seminar room to seat 40/50, a kitchen area, and storage. The Ministry Center wraps around two sides of the existing Church and joins in a narthex near the main entrance.
Renovations and updates to the existing church included updated lighting for better control and energy efficiency, carpet, installation of a ramp and railings for accessibility, expansion and reorientation of the music area, expansion of the permanent seating to accommodate an additional 100 seats, relocation of the sacristy, and expansion of toilet facilities to meet relevant codes and expanded use of building.
The parish campus infrastructure was updated and expanded to accommodate the Ministry Center expansion and included reconfiguration of the entry drive, handicap parking more convenient to the church entrance, new and expanded sidewalks and terrace area for access to the new entrance points to the church and Ministry Center, additional parking on the land adjacent to the entry drive, demolition of a storage garage, and expansion of existing office space.
The church remained occupied and fully operational during the entire construction process.