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  The Parish of St. RafaelThe Parish of St. Rafael


Lord Architecture
11650 Iberia Place, #210, San Diego, CA 92128

General Description

Location: San Diego, California
Date Bid: Apr 2009 Construction Period: June 2009 to May 2010
Total Square Feet: 24,276 Site: 1.25 acres. Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: Garage, 6,049; first floor, 6,311; second floor, 11,916; total, 24,276 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 13’4”; second floor, 21’8”; total, 35’.
Basic Construction Type: New/VA.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Stucco. Roof: Built-up, clay tile. Floors: Concrete, precast. Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: GNR Engineering, Inc. - 6130 Innovation Way, Carlsbad, CA 92009
General Contractor: Davis & Adams Construction Inc. - 7986 Dagget Street, San Diego, CA 92111
Mechanical Engineer: Merrick & Associates - 9606 Tierra Grande Street, #206, San Diego, CA 92126
Electrical Engineer: Kruse & Associates - 12245 World Trade Drive, #A, San Diego, CA 92128
Data Engineer: Johnson Consulting Engineers Inc. - 12875 Brookeprinter Place, #300, Poway, CA 92064

A successful Catholic parish in San Diego needed a new administration building but had no room available on their campus. Addressing this issue the parish purchased a vacant building pad located in the business park on the other side of the property line.

The acquisition of the property also resulted in a reciprocal parking agreement that allowed parishioners to park in the business park on the weekends, and visitors to the business park were permitted to use the parish's parking spaces during the week. With the acquisition completed San Rafael embarked on a program to build a two-story facility that not only had administrative offices but also had meeting rooms, a youth center, and a multi-purpose room served by a small kitchen.

One of the many challenges was designing a building that was architecturally compatible with the office buildings, hotel, medical facility, and restaurants in the park, while simultaneously fitting in with the aesthetic of the adjacent existing parish sanctuary. The solution was to find a limited architectural vocabulary that was shared by both properties that linked everything together. The connections were further reinforced by taking down any fences and barriers between the two properties, joining and re-organizing the two individual parking lots into a single logical parking and circulation system, and finally linking the new administration building with the parish sanctuary by means of an attractively landscaped and lighted walkway.

On the technical side, the parish had a goal of minimizing energy and maintenance costs. With incentives and assistance offered by San Diego Gas & Electric, the design team was able to exceed the very stringent California Title 24 energy code by 28% resulting in significant savings without any real compromise to performance and comfort.

Product Information
Stucco: Expo Stucco Gypsum: United States Gypsum
Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Windows: Winco Skylights: Bristolite Lighting: Kim Elevator: Otis


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