Notre Dame Catholic Church
Turner Duran Architects, LP
333 Cypress Run, #350, Houston, TX 77094
Location: Houston, Texas
Date Bid: July 2008 Construction Period: July 2008 to Sep
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.
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
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.
PAC-CLAD Petersen Aluminum