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  St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Page 48St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church
318 N. 8th Street, St. Louis, MO 63101

Creve Coeur, Missouri
Total Square Feet: 12,682
Construction Period: June 2003 to Sep 2004 

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Ibrahim Engineering Corp. - 11500 Olive Boulevard, #200, Creve Coeur, MO 63141
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Wachter, Inc. - 108 Industrial Drive, Arnold, MO 63010
ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Aedifica Case - 1725 Larkin-Williams Drive, Fenton, MO 63026
COST ESTIMATOR: Gary Dedeke Architect, Inc. - 318 N. 8th Street, St. Louis, MO 63101

The congregation at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church had out-grown its present sanctuary, built in the early 60's, and needed a larger worship space. The building committee's wish list included several items for the new sanctuary including: a longer center aisle; seating in the round with no one seated beyond 150 degree marks; expandable seating and fixed seating; space for the music ministry ' including hand bells, choir, organ and piano; the existing organ would be reused and enlarged for the new space; additional restroom facilities including robing rooms for the choir members and clergy with an office for the music director; a narthex and a sacristy; and provide a library conference room and a multipurpose space for a variety of activities. The congregation needed to grow but it didn't want to lose its "friendly and inviting" image that it had established.

A new rectangular sanctuary was designed with a sloped ceiling to give the new space an added 20 feet of height that the old sanctuary didn't have. The new chancel retained the semi-circular plan that was embraced by the parish. A new hardwood floor was installed in the nave. Three different species of hardwood were used in a "starburst" pattern both in the chancel and near the narthex around the baptismal font. To accent the different species of wood at the baptismal font area, a brass inlay strip was used and the red carpet/kneelers were used to define the chancel area. An oak flooring, darker than the field color, was used for the center aisle, thus connecting the chancel and baptismal font areas. New lighting, both accent and general, is dimmable for good vision and provides a sense of drama.

Large windows were installed on the sidewalls of the new nave, which allow daylight to enter the nave, which the old sanctuary lacked. A narthex was inserted between the nave and the gathering space to prepare those for the worship service. The new sanctuary was designed to be at the same floor level with the old sanctuary and office space. A bride's room/cry room, along with storage space, were located off of the new narthex. Wood partitions, along with mouth blown glass, were used on opposite sides of the narthex to allow visual contact with the nave, but reduces any noise from the gathering space. Carpeting and acoustical tile ceilings were also added to the narthex to minimize the sound.

New built-in coat racks were provided in the new gathering space, thus eliminating the portable coat racks. Two single toilet rooms were replaced with two fourstall toilets adjacent to the gathering space.

The church staff was relocated in the original structure along with the choir robing rooms and conference/library. A new fire alarm system and annunciator panel was added for the entire facility. A 39 foot tall spire was placed on the new sanctuary roof.

Completed in September 2004, the members of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church will enjoy its new addition and renovation for many years to come.

DIV 04: Brick: Redland.
DIV 07: Glu-Lam: Structural Wood Systems; Shingles: Timberline® by GAF; Metal Standing Seam: Overly.
DIV 08: Aluminum Window Frames: J. Sussman, Inc.; Wood Window Frames: Andersen Windowall®; Aluminum Storefront: Kawneer.
DIV 09: Gypsum: United States Gypsum; Tile: Florida Tile; Paint: Porter; Acoustical Treatment: Armstrong; VCT: Armstrong; Hardwood: Hartco/Armstrong; Carpet: Mannington, Cambridge.
DIV 10: Steeple: Campbellsville Industries.

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