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  Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Page 40Prince of Peace Catholic Church
Ivy Architectural Innovations, PC
207 Business Park Drive, #200, Virginia Beach, VA. 23462

Chesapeake, Virginia
Total Square Feet: 24,740
Construction Period: Aug 2001 to June 2002

Construction Team
General Contractor: E.T. Gresham Co., Inc. - 1038 West 26th Street, Norfolk, VA 23517
Structural Engineer: McPherson & Associates, PC - 6371 Center Drive, #100, Norfolk, VA 23502
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: PACE Collaborative, PC - P.O. Box 61069, Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Civil Engineer, Landscape Architect: MSA, PC - 5033 Rouse Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Prince of Peace Catholic Church had just finished paying off their 800-seat sanctuary in the fall of 2000 that had been constructed seven years prior. The Parish Father was already performing four services each weekend. There was no possibility of adding another service and the Parish’s 1,200 families were continuing to grow. The Christian Formation classes overwhelmed the Church’s facilities twice a week as over 1,000 children attended.

The Design Team was selected to design a 12-classroom addition to increase the sanctuary by 300 seats, increase the Commons area by 50 percent, provide a new commercial kitchen and renovate the Administrative spaces. After programming the needs of the Church through interviews with the Church leadership, the Design Team held a design charrette at the Church. Due to the limited available space, the charrette was held in the Commons on the days that Christian Formation classes were being held.

The charrette process of design allowed participation by anyone the Church wanted to attend. In this case, the children also attended. The process took four half-days. The final design was presented to the Church members who were allowed to question the solution and make suggestions. These comments were incorporated into the final schematic design.

A major design issue was adding sanctuary seating to an octagonal structure that was not designed for expansion. The desire to integrate the additional seating into the body of the worship space required incorporating the structural joists as a design element. The end result was a blending of the new and existing sanctuary space that allowed for the family atmosphere of the sanctuary to remain intact.

Materials were selected for their low maintenance. The original Parish Hall and the later Sanctuary addition were stucco or EIFS. Each product was showing age and the effects of little maintenance. The construction for the new exterior walls for the addition was veneer ground face block on metal stud framing. A large portion of the original buildings was covered with the ground face masonry.

The Church decided to select their contractor on reputation and negotiate. The contractor established the construction budget. It was within $20,000 of the Architect’s estimate. The negotiation process allowed the Contractor to become part of the Team. The relationships built trust and allowed, even during stressful periods, for the project to move forward. This was critical because the Sanctuary had to be complete by Easter and the Classroom wing by the end of May for the Bishop’s dedication visit.

The final comment from the congregation and the Church leadership was “It doesn’t look like an addition.”

DIV 07: Fiberglass Shingles: Elk; Manufactured Roofing & Siding: Metl-Span; Membrane Roofing: Firestone; Skylights: Wasco; Sealants: Pecora.
DIV 08: Metal Doors & Frames: Amweld; Wood & Plastic Doors: Algoma Hardwoods; Special Doors: Overhead Door; Entrances & Storefronts, Metal Windows: EFCO Corporation; Glazing: Oldcastle Glass Group.
DIV 09: Gypsum: United States Gypsum; Acoustical Treatment, Resilient Flooring: Armstrong; Carpet: Patcraft; Paint: Sherwin Williams.
DIV 10: Operable Partitions: Holcomb & Hoke; Toilet & Bath Accessories: Bradley.

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