of the Holy Spirit|
Project Architect/Mechanical & Electrical
SOA Architects dba Stuart Owsley & Associates, PA
902 South Taylor, Pittsburg, KS 66762
Location: Branson, Missouri
Date Bid: Jan 2008
Construction Period: Apr 2008 to Apr 2010 Total Square Feet:
19,200 Site: 1.5 acres. Number of Buildings: Three; Chapel seats
Building Size: First floor, 19,200; total, 19,200 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 50’ maximum; tower, 80’; building
main floor, 10 to 18’; cross/geodesic sphere, 20’; total height of
Basic Construction Type: New/V-B.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade,
retaining walls. Exterior Walls: Native stone veneer. Roof:
Metal. Floors: Concrete, stone. Interior Walls: Wood stud
Administrative Architect (Construction Phase): Treat Architects,
P.C. - 415 Green Briar Drive, Branson, MO 65616
Visionary/Consultant: O. Gene Bicknell, Bicknell Family Holding
Company, LLC - 4200 West 115th Street, #100, Leawood, KS 66211
Project Manager: Michael Rankin, Rankin Consulting - firstname.lastname@example.org
General Contractor: Larry Snyder & Company - 4820 North Towne
Centre Drive, Ozark, MO 65721
The completed shrine, inspired from an idea that came to entrepreneur
Gene Bicknell in a vision five years prior to its dedication on April
11, 2010, is now the “Shrine of the Holy Spirit” in Branson, Missouri.
Bicknell commissioned SOA Architects to give his vision form, shape and
detail with conceptual and construction drawings and specifications.
Stuart Owsley, project architect needed to also understand and share
this vision from a sculptor’s perspective through sketches, dialogue and
reflection with and from Bicknell.
The Shrine project features a one hundred foot high triangular shaped
tower representing the Trinity, which is topped off with a cross and
geodesic sphere representing the world. At each side of the tower, fifty
foot high splayed and scalloped top wing walls constructed with
bluestone veneer panels and representing the shoulders of God, continue
down to encompass the Chapel building with side walls representing the
arms of God, which welcomes visitors into his presence.
Inspirational scripture verses are engraved on large bluestone panels
recessed into the “shoulder and arm” walls and viewed as visitors walk
around outside the Chapel walls. While the tower and walls are
dominating elements of the shrine, they highlight the chapel building
and there is no doubt as to its importance. This small hexagon shaped
structure is constructed with native limestone rubble veneer, six sided
pyramid shaped roof, stained glass arched windows, triangular shaped
bluestone floor tiles and pew seating occupancy of eighty for
comfortable intimate worship, prayer and quiet reflection.
The Shrine project includes four multi-tiered hexagon shaped
interlocking courtyard decks covered with bluestone tiles and surrounded
by descending bluestone walls that encompass the hexagon shaped gift
shop/restroom building and hexagon shaped gazebo structure for outdoor
reflection and relaxation – three structures representing the Trinity.
The lowest center main courtyard deck includes a hexagon shaped
fountain/pool centered between the main steps going up to the Chapel
deck, stone tablet monument engraved with Ten Commandments, flower bed
planters and comfortable bench seating. The entire structure is recessed
twenty feet into solid rock at the tower base and positioned on a
sloping site directly in front of The Mansion Theatre in Branson. Four
hundred tons of the bluestone material was quarried, cut and furnished
by American Bluestone, LLC from upstate New York.
Owsley truly believes he was also inspired by the Holy Spirit and
Bicknell’s vision and will give credit to Bicknell and the Holy Spirit
for his once in a lifetime opportunity and contribution. The local firm
of Treat Architects, Inc. handled the architect’s administrative duties
for 20 months of the construction phase. The Shrine is dedicated to the
Holy Spirit, but also testifies to the perseverance and faithfulness of
a man in his vision and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. “It was not an
easy journey at times, but it was truly driven by the Holy Spirit.”- O.
For costing purposes, all outdoor and building costs are part of
the square foot costs. The case study looks at the project scope
and area in its entirety, understanding a majority of the
project component costs are for outdoor structures/elements and
feature three small building structures integral to the overall
concept. The cost for bluestone material accounts for 25% of the
total construction cost. The site excavation, preparation,
improvements and landscaping costs are 10% of the total cost.
The wing walls, courtyard decks and tower costs including stone
wall and deck material are 63% of the total cost. The Chapel and
Gift Shop/Restroom building costs including stone floor material
are 14% of the total cost.
Structure Wing Walls: American Bluestone LLC
Metal Roofing: Architectural Metal Roof System
Lighting: Shaper, Invue, LSI Composite Walls: Alcotex
Entrances & Storefronts: Special-Lite, Inc.