St. Sylvester Catholic Church
Quina Grundhoefer Architects, P.A.
400 West Romana Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
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.
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
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.
Dogwood Smooth, Rosewood Smooth, Closure size