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  Ascension Of Our Lord Catholic Church, Page 46Ascension Of Our Lord Catholic Church
Blitch Knevel Architects
757 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130
www. blitchknevel.com

LaPlace, Louisiana
Total Square Feet: 15,057
Construction Period: Mar 2000 to May 2001

Construction Team
General Contractor: Brice Building Company, Inc. - 3516 Hessmer Avenue, Metairie, LA 70002
Structural Engineer: Jeffrey, Thomas, Avegno, Inc. - 2916 Robert Street, New Orleans, LA 70125
Electrical Engineer: Moran Seymour & Associates - 249 Beauvoir Road, Biloxi, MS 39531
Mechanical Engineer: Myron James & Associates - 285 Gulfwater Drive, Biloxi, MS 39531
Geotechnical Engineer: Gore Engineering - 3613 Hessmer Avenue, Metairie, LA 70011

Ascension Of Our Lord Catholic Church in LaPlace, Louisiana, is a new church for 1,000 worshippers, completing a 20-year master plan for the Ascension Parish campus. 

The new church is of a simplified early Christian basilica style, updated with a fan-seating plan to bring the congregation together in prayer during services. The roof trusses of wood clad steel recall the 14th century churches in Italy with arcades and arched side aisles providing a traditional feeling to the liturgical space.

The exterior of the church is brick, with a terra cotta colored metal roof. At the crossing of the nave is a major clerestory bringing natural light into the church sanctuary. The 75-foot tall bell tower houses a carillon and also serves as a porte-cochere offering an all-weather entrance to the church foyer. 


DIV 04: Brick: Carolina Ceramics. 
DIV 07: Metal Roof: Berridge Manufacturing. 
DIV 08: Entrances & Storefronts, Windows: United States Aluminum; Glass: Viracon. 
DIV 09: VCT: Armstrong; Carpet: J & J Commercial; Drywall: United States Gypsum.  

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