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  Epiphany of the Lord Parish Education & Youth Activity Center, page 48Epiphany of the Lord Parish Education & Youth Activity Center
ARCHITECT
TURNER PARTNERS ARCHITECTURE, LLP
333 Cypress Run, #350
Houston, TX 77094
www.turnerpartnersarchitecture.com


Location: 
Katy, Texas
Total Square Feet: 35,962
Construction Period: Aug 2002 to May 2003 

Construction Team
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Fretz Construction Company, 6301 Long Drive, Houston, TX 77087
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: R-MAC Engineering, 25000 Pitkin Drive, #210, Spring, TX 77386
ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: Lakey Electric, Inc., P.O. Box 40279, Houston, TX 77240
MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Graves Mechanical, 5910 Schumacher Lane, Houston, TX 77057


Since the opening of their new Parish Education and Youth Activity Center in May 2003, space-scheduling conflicts are no longer a problem for various ministries and groups within the Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Parish in Katy, Texas. Located on Houston's growing westside, this suburban church's rapid growth of young families have created a need for activity space that did not exist on the campus. Many ideas for youth oriented functions were hindered by the lack of available space in which to conduct the activity. Now a spacious new facility features dedicated spaces for senior and junior high youth as well as a variety of breakout and meeting rooms designed to accommodate youth and adult parish education programs.

Project architect, Turner Partners Architecture of Houston, utilized a metal building frame for economic purposes and dressed the two-story building in masonry that ties the building aesthetically with existing facilities.

In terms of space distribution, the building may be dissected into three components, two wings connected by a core area featuring service-oriented space such as a lobby, workroom, two kitchens, restrooms, nursery, a prayer room, the junior high activity room plus meeting rooms for scouts and adult service organizations. While the southern wing contains 24 classrooms designed for educational purposes, the northern wing is a vast, colorful space that can accommodate just about any activity a creative group of 500 senior high school teenagers can dream up, including concerts, plays, dances, athletic games, etc.

The senior high activity area is definitely one of the focal points of the facility with a soaring two-story vaulted ceiling featuring exposed ductwork, beams and stairway railings painted in a vibrant, youthful color scheme that is playfully parlayed throughout the facility's common areas. Within the youth compound, there is a mezzanine overlooking the main activity area that contains softer furnishings suitable for more reflective activities such as group discussions and bible studies. A kitchen, strategically located between the senior high wing and the junior high activity room, services both groups with pass-through service windows.

Maximizing the usage of available space on the 14-acre campus while minimizing its encroachment into much needed parking areas became the challenge in designing this facility. Although the selected building site meant that some parking had to be relocated, the master plan devised by the architectural team resulted in a parking capacity expansion of about 150 spaces. Site placement and orientation were chosen to enhance accessibility to existing facilities, parking and an athletic field. New covered walkways connect the facility visually and physically with an education complex formerly utilized by the parish's entire population but now designated for young children's programs. Landscaped areas between the new facility and existing spaces now include a fenced play area and a memorial plaza featuring a fountain encircled by wooden benches and bricks engraved with dedications to loved ones and others who have shared a bond with the Epiphany of the Lord community.

MANUFACTURERS/SUPPLIERS
DIV 08:
Windows & Doors: Kawneer.
DIV 09: Gypsum: Temple Gypsum; Stained Concrete: L.M. Scofield; VCT: Mannington.


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