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  Holy Innocents Catholic Church Multi-Use Hall, Page 44Holy Innocents Catholic Church Multi-Use Hall
Construction Manager
Lord Architecture Inc.
11650 Iberia Place, #210, San Diego, CA 92128

Victorville, California
Total Square Feet: 27,390
Construction Period: Jul 2000 to Jun 2001

Construction Team
General Contractor: Pence Construction, Inc. - 1423 W. State Street, Redlands, CA 92373
Structural Engineer: GNR Engineering, Inc. - 990 Highland Drive, #206, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Electrical Engineer: A.R. Devenyns & Associates - 2840 Adams Avenue, #310, San Diego, CA 92116
Mechanical Engineer: Merrick & Associates - 9606 Tierra Grande Street, #206, San Diego, CA 92126

The high desert City of Victorville is in a rapidly growing Southern California region northeast of Riverside and San Bernardino. Holy Innocents Parish responded to its own significant congregation increases by opening the first of several master planned facilities on a new 20-acre campus. Until future buildings are brought on line, the multi-use building must serve all of the Parish's needs for administration, worship, social events, community meetings, and religious education.

At the heart of the building, beyond a large sky lit lobby, is a 10,000-square-foot room that can be arranged to serve as a lecture hall, banquet facility, or sanctuary for 1,000 worshippers. This central room is spanned by exposed 90-foot-long bowstring trusses supporting a metal deck system. The overall light industrial appearance is offset with attractive lighting and an array of acoustic "clouds" that are suspended or wall mounted to dampen what could have been a very reverberant space. The room's embellishments are deliberately sparse and simple. The parish administration does not want the congregation to forget that this is only a temporary sanctuary until a true church can be constructed on an adjacent portion of the property. In the future, the hall can be converted to serve as a gymnasium.

Three classrooms with large windows looking into the hall can be opened up into one large meeting room that doubles as a room for parents during worship services. Also serving the hall is a spacious commercial kitchen that has an additional service window for events in the courtyard. The courtyard is nearly as important as the hall because of its usefulness as a gathering space for casual fellowship on Sundays, or as a parish party space. All of the surrounding columns are provided with ample power to handle any conceivable need.

Material choices were made carefully because it was understood that this first campus building will likely set the aesthetic tone for the future sanctuary and school. From the exterior, the multi-use building is designed to express a substantial connection with the earth and a firm resistance to the extremes in weather in the high desert, plus reflect the colors and textures of the surrounding landscape. Temperatures can sometimes swing as much as forty to fifty degrees a day, or strong winds can blow constantly for weeks at a time. Reinforced concrete masonry was a natural choice for a building material. The exterior finish is virtually maintenance free and its solid mass in combination with interior furring and insulation protects superbly against the occasional chill or intense summer heat. The light green color and curvature of the roof reflects heat and minimizes the area directly exposed to the sun, which reduces the energy costs for the hall below.

DIV 04: Integral Color Concrete Block: Orco Block.
DIV 07: Built-Up: GAF; Metal: Metal Sales.
DIV 08: Aluminum Windows: International Window.
DIV 09: Carpet: Bigelow; Hardwood: Hartco; Plastic Laminate: Nevamar; Paint: Sherwin Williams; Acoustical Ceiling Panels: Armstrong; Accordion Partitions: Hufcor; Toilet Partitions: Global. 

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