St. Richard Parish

 

St. Richard Parish

 

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Gross Area: 30,000 SF


In order to provide space for expanding education and youth programs and to accommodate a growing congregation, St. Richard Parish, located in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, engaged R3A to design the expansion to their existing building. Currently the Parish is housed in a 30,000 square foot concrete masonry structure, which contains the sanctuary on the upper floor and classrooms, offices, and a social hall on the lower floor. Working closely with the St. Richard Parish administration, R3A helped to establish a set of spatial requirements to meet the demands of the growing congregation, which included: A 2,800 square foot Adoration Chapel, a 13,000 square foot multipurpose social hall that includes a service kitchen and stair, a 2,000 square foot multipurpose meeting room, 11,000 square feet of classroom and Youth Ministry spaces, and 3,200 square feet of administration office space.

To negotiate a challenging site and to respond to the geometry of the existing building the design of the new 30,000 square foot expansion was organized along a series of 3 primary axis generated by the geometry of the existing building and centered on a redesigned entrance plaza. This organizational strategy allowed for the service spaces to be aligned along the existing drive lane and parking lot facing south, while the Chapel, administration and multipurpose spaces faced north with views toward the pastoral front property. The result was a sequence of spaces that respond to environmental conditions with an emphasis on creating celestial experience.