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  Immaculate Conception Catholic ChurchImmaculate Conception Catholic Church

General Contractor

Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc.
12052 Highland Road, Highland, IL 62249

General Description

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 15’4”; first floor, varies from 10’4” to 12’ 6”; total, 50’9”. Bell tower/top of tower, 79’6”.
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.

Project Team

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 participation.

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.

Product Information
Building Envelope: Richardson Brick & Architectural Stone Sales. Inc.
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
Elevators: Schindler
Lighting: OCL Architectural Lighting, Cooper Lighting

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