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  Shrine of the Holy SpiritShrine of the Holy Spirit

Project Architect/Mechanical & Electrical

SOA Architects dba Stuart Owsley & Associates, PA
902 South Taylor, Pittsburg, KS 66762
soaarch.tripod.com

General Description

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 80.
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 tower, 100’.
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 drywall.

Construction Team

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 - callrankin@gmail.com
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. Gene Bicknell
 

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.

Product Information
Structure Wing Walls: American Bluestone LLC
Metal Roofing: Architectural Metal Roof System
Lighting: Shaper, Invue, LSI Composite Walls: Alcotex
Entrances & Storefronts: Special-Lite, Inc.

 

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