Conception Catholic Church|
Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc.
12052 Highland Road, Highland, IL 62249
Location: Columbia, Illinois
Date Bid: Apr 2011
Construction Period: July 2011 to Jan 2013
Total Square Feet: 34,000
Site: 35 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: Basement, 17,000; first floor 17,000; total
34,000 square feet.
Building Height: Basement 154; first floor, varies from 104
to 12 6; total, 509. Bell tower/top of tower, 796.
Basic Construction Type: New/Steel Frame/Glue Lam.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: Brick, curtain wall, glue laminated. Roof:
Asphalt shingles, membrane.
Floors: Concrete, concrete on metal deck. Interior Walls:
Metal stud drywall, masonry brick.
Architect: LePique & Orne Architects, Inc. - 701 N. Fifth Street,
Saint Charles, MO 63301
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Tennill & Associates, Inc. -
177 Chesterfield Industrial Blvd., Chesterfield, MO 63005
Civil Engineer: Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen, Inc. - 4940 Old
Collinsville Road, Swansea, IL 62226
In 2011, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church selected Korte &
Luitjohan Contractors as the General Contractor for the construction of
the new 800-seat capacity church, which can accommodate over 900 people
with flexible seating. Spiritually, the octagonal space brings a more
communal feel to services; practically, it allows every element of the
space to be fully accessible. The open design also encourages full
The parish purchased a 35-acre site in 2004 which started an 8-year
discernment process to determine the size and shape of the new worship
space, the relocation of their existing parish offices and addition of
meeting rooms for various organizations. The site also incorporates a
plan for future relocation of their existing school.
The upper level of the bi-level structure includes the worship space and
a 1,600-square-foot gathering space entry that can also be utilized for
overflow capacity with only a glass wall separating it from the main
sanctuary, which allows overflow capacity to visually see into the
sanctuary. This level also includes a separate 79-foot 6-inch bell tower
structure in which the existing parish bells cast in 1905 were placed
after their renovation.
The lower level includes the Parish offices, meeting rooms, and
380-person capacity fellowship hall. The lower level is accessible to
the beautiful outside landscape of the surrounding community with a full
height walk out of the lower level perimeter.
Construction of the project was complicated due to the perimeter
footprint of the building and the incorporation of the main octagon with
the other architectural building lines. The 120-foot clear span
sanctuary space was designed utilizing structural glue laminated
architectural beams joined at the center with a 25-foot diameter
compression ring. The glue laminated beams were set within a structural
steel perimeter that provided lateral support, as well as the framing
for the perimeter windows.
Additional improvements on the 35-acre site included the construction of
a ½ mile entry road that utilized a 28-foot prefabricated arched
spanning bridge to cross an existing tributary creek, an 8-inch water
main, and 8-inch sanitary sewer lines and a concrete pipe storm sewer
system including a detention pond.
"Immaculate Conception Parish could not have been more pleased with the
work provided by Korte & Luitjohan Contractors. Korte & Luitjohan took
the time to listen to our needs, and then put together a very
professional team with integrity and a commitment to excellence and
cooperation to meet those needs!"
- Andrea Biske, Building Committee Chairperson.
Building Envelope: Richardson Brick & Architectural Stone Sales.
Roofing: Versico Roofing Systems, Owens Corning
Flooring: Masland, Johnsonite, Rango
Window: Oldcastle, J. Sussman for Stained Windows
Curtain Wall: Oldcastle, The Vistawall Group
Entrances & Storefronts: Oldcastle, The Vistawall Group
Daylighting/Skylights: CPI Daylighting
Interior: Sentinel Structures
Lighting: OCL Architectural Lighting, Cooper Lighting