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  Notre Dame Catholic ChurchNotre Dame Catholic Church


Turner Duran Architects, LP
333 Cypress Run, #350, Houston, TX 77094

General Description

Location: Houston, Texas
Date Bid: July 2008 Construction Period: July 2008 to Sep 2009
Total Square Feet: 20,280 Site: 10 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 20,280; total, 20,280 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 43'9"; bell tower, 63'; total, 63'.
Basic Construction Type: Structural Steel/GLU-LAM.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Brick, curtainwall, cast stone, metal panel. Roof: Asphalt shingles, metal. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: CJG Engineers - 3200 Wilcrest Drive, #305, Houston, TX 77042
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Brookstone, LP - 3715 Dacoma Street, Houston, TX 77092
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: DBR Engineering Consultants, Inc. - 9990 Richmond Avenue, South Building, #300, Houston, TX 77042

Notre Dame Catholic Church undertook a building program to construct a new 1,100 seat church to replace the aging and undersized worship center on the west Houston campus. The design, which incorporated a new 100 seat Day Chapel, demonstrates that a modest and creative use of materials and forms can evoke a new form with strong connections to the past. The new 20,280 square foot, free-standing church respects and reflects the residential scale and character of the existing campus, and resolves the complex circulation requirements of building entry and liturgical procession. The traditional Gothic form is organized around a cherished stained glass window of the church's namesake, which was relocated to the new church entrance and establishes the theme for the balance of the architecture.

The challenge of accommodating the buildings program on a tight site was made possible by a close collaboration with the parish during the design process. The design evolved around a theme of timeless imagery, tradition and holiness. A warm interior palette is achieved through the selected use of oak wood trim, gothic arch forms and sculptural use of light.

Natural light enters from all four sides, and is organized in a liturgical procession focusing on the Altar and ultimately the Tabernacle. The location of the Altar was designed to promote a sense of community, allowing the parishioners a greater feeling of involvement.

The project utilized many sustainability principles including day lighting, energy efficient lighting and mechanical system, however, the owner elected not to pursue LEED certification.

Metal Siding: PAC-CLAD Petersen Aluminum

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