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  Good Shepherd Parish CenterGood Shepherd Parish Center


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

General Description

Location: San Diego, California
Date Bid: June 2012 Construction Period: Aug 2012 to Oct 2013
Total Square Feet: 28,752 Site: 10 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 10 classrooms, seating 25+/- each, gymnasium.
Building Sizes: First floor, 18,873; second floor, 9,879; total, 28,752 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 13’ 4”; second floor, 19’1”; floor to floor, 13'4”; total, 32’5”.
Basic Construction Type: New/V-A with Fire Sprinklers.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, wood frame. Roof: TPO membrane, concrete roof tile.
Floors: Concrete, wood. Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall.

Project Team

Structural Engineer: George Soultanian & Associates - 300 W. Grand Avenue, #300, Escondido, CA 92025
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
Civil Engineer: GHD Engineering - 3750 Convoy Street, #220, San Diego, CA 92111
General Contractor: Zigman Shields General Contractors - 3276 Rosecrans Street, #300, San Diego, CA 92110
Landscape Architect: Deneen, Powell, Atelier, Inc. - 2305 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92104

San Diego’s Good Shepherd Parish and its affiliated K-8 school have thrived for decades by efficiently using their modest existing classrooms and administrative buildings for multiple activities by extending hours of use and squeezing in more people and furnishings. However, over time, the school and parish reached a point where the many student and adult education programs, parish ministries, and the need for extended school care were overwhelming the existing facilities, accelerating wear and tear, and taxing the limited capacity. The new two-story, 28,750-square-foot Parish Center and school administration facility brought much needed relief to the campus plus a bonus in the form of a new gymnasium that the school had longed to have.

With a very limited budget, the building was conceived to be assembled from simple forms and durable materials, but packed with features that any quality school should have, from the latest technology available for all of the users, to the energy wise components and building systems. On the second floor, monitor windows scoop in north light for the classrooms, and the gymnasium roof was designed to be free of any equipment, not only saving on structural costs but also to making a large area available for future solar panels. The only interruptions in the roof are 10 large diameter solar tubes that minimize the need for artificial lighting in the gym during the day.

The gym itself, as in most schools, is to be used for many more activities than sporting events, such as school assemblies, social functions, presentations, and fund-raising events. The gym is equipped with a large stage that folds down from the wall for performances or for use as a dais. Therefore, a great deal of attention was paid to the acoustic quality of the space to eliminate the echo, reverberation and noise associated with a typical gymnasium. For instance, the steel roof decking is perforated and the voids are filled with attenuation batts, and the upper walls are covered with slotted wood veneer panels that conceal more insulation. The result is a cleaner looking space, but more importantly, a better acoustic environment to provide a flexible and friendly room to meet the demands of a thriving school.

Product Information
Steel Deck: Epicore
Roofing: Versico (TPO), Eagle Roofing (Tile)
Windows: Winco
Entrances & Storefronts: Arcadia Aluminum
Flooring: Action Flooring (Gym), Lees Carpet
Gym Interior Acoustic Panel: Armstrong
Daylighting/Skylights: Solatube
Lighting: Lightolier
Elevators: ThyssenKrupp

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