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  St. Sylvester Catholic ChurchSt. Sylvester Catholic Church


Quina Grundhoefer Architects, P.A.
400 West Romana Street, Pensacola, FL 32502

General Description

Location: Gulf Breeze, Florida
Date Bid: Sep 2006
Construction Period: June 2007 to Aug 2008 Total Square Feet: 22,000 Site: 12 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; church with seating capacity of 1,200.
Building Size: First floor, 22,000; total, 22,000 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 45; total, 45’.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtainwall. Roof: Asphalt shingles, metal, membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Craft & Webster Structural Engineers - 129 Highpoint Drive, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561
General Contractor: Greenhut Construction - 23 South A Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: H. M. Yonge Associates - 49 East Chase Street, Pensacola, FL 32502

St. Sylvester Catholic Church, in Gulf Breeze, Florida wanted to relocate their campus to a larger site to respond to their significant growth. In 1993, the Church contacted Quina Grundhoefer Architects, P.A. to realize their dream.

With Quina Grundhoefer Architects on board a program of expansion began. In 1993 a Fellowship Hall that included classrooms and administrative spaces was begun. Followed by an Educational Building that included 11 classrooms in 2007 and finished with a new Sanctuary started in 2007.

The new Sanctuary presented a challenge to design a worship space that seats 1,200 yet feels “intimate”. The new sanctuary also had to meet the needs of a diverse congregation that desired “traditional” elements, but that responded to their mission to be progressive.

The Architect responded with a church that recalls familiar forms (pointed-arched windows, gabled ends and dormers, brick detailing), but that is interpreted in a contemporary style; that embraces the past, yet looks to the future. "We knew it was important to embrace familiar forms but we wanted to keep an eye on the future with contemporary style. We used two colors of Carolina Ceramics brick and made sure to use accents in the brick. The detail creates a certain nostalgic feel to St Sylvester's", said architect Danny Grundhoefer, of Quina Grundhoefer Architects.

The worship space not only houses the necessary sacramental furnishings, but has state-of-the art acoustics, lighting and sound systems and an energy efficient building envelope and mechanical systems. In addition to the sanctuary space, the new church building has a gathering narthex, sacristies, offices and support spaces.

Completed in August 2008 the congregation is pleased with all work completed and looks forward to spending many years worshiping in the new Sanctuary. "We enjoyed working on the St. Sylvester¹s project, everyone from the architectural firm to the brick manufacturers and the masonry firm joined together on this beautiful building. The architect had a very specific vision for the project and Carolina Ceramics was a natural choice to meet that vision," said Chip Otwell from WR Taylor & Company.

St. Sylvester Catholic Church received Project of the Year Award from the Masonry Association of Florida. The award was presented to Bradley Masonry, Inc. of Pensacola, Fla.


Brick: Carolina Ceramics
Dogwood Smooth, Rosewood Smooth, Closure size

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