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Church of St. Jude

Sordoni Construction Services, Inc.

Posted: February 10, 2021 | Projects

The parish of St. Jude replaced the existing church and parish administrative center with a new structure that better addresses the spatial and liturgical needs of the parish for the 21st century.

Photo Courtesy of Guy Cali Associates, Inc.

The new church combines traditional church form with a post-Vatican II seating plan and accommodates 750 congregants. The church’s cruciform plan culminates in a central dome, with amphitheater-style seating forming a dished hemicycle. Similarly, traditional brick-clad sidewalls contrast with fully glazed end walls, creating a light-filled sanctuary.

Across the front of the church, an arcaded office wing connects the north parking area with the spacious and light-filled narthex (an extension of the nave). At the south, a double-lane porte-cochere allows covered vehicular access to the narthex and church.

Two shrine rooms flanking the narthex separate the office wing from the church proper. The entire complex fronts the main road and nestles into the hillside below the existing school building. A pylon-style bell tower counter-balances the porte-cochere, and historic statuary marks the central axis of the nave and church.

Final work included a looped road surrounding the new church and office structure, linking newly configured parking areas along with site access, new sidewalks, curbing, and landscaping. Landscaped parking areas accommodate 340 cars, including handicap accessible spaces.

These improvements will enable 800 parishioners to worship in one unified space that supports the liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church, while contextually harmonizing with the existing facilities and residential character of Mountain Top.

Building Envelope Cultured Stone: Boral Stone USA, Watsontown Brick Company
Roofing: GAF Weather Stopper Integrated Roofing System
Entrances & Storefronts: NanaWall
Curtain Wall: Kawneer 1600
Flooring: Atlas, Forbo, Interface, Mannington, Ragno USA Tile

General Contractor, Cost Estimator & Construction Manager
Sordoni Construction Services, Inc.
45 Owen Street
Forty Fort, PA 18704

Hemmler & Camayd Architects
409 Lackawanna Avenue, #400
Scranton, PA 18503

Structural Engineer 
Reuther + Bowen
326 Ward Street
Scranton, PA 18512

Mechanical Engineer
Greenman Pedersen, Inc.
50 Glenmaura National Boulevard, #102
Scranton, PA 18505

Civil Engineer
Barry Isett & Associates
100 West Broad Street, #200
Hazleton, PA 18201

Location: Mountain Top, Pennsylvania
Date Bid: Feb 2016
Construction Period: Jun 2016 to Sep 2017          
Total Square Feet: 19,400
Site: 15.809 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; seating 750.
Building Sizes: First floor, 19,400; total, 19,400 square feet.  
Building Height: First floor, 31′8″; total, 31′8 ″.  
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. 
Exterior Walls: Brick, structural steel intermingled with structural metal stud assembly.
Roof: Asphalt shingles, architectural heavy timber trusses & wood framing. 
Floors: Concrete.  
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Click here to view the full cost details for this project in the January/February 2021 issue of DCD