Holy Cross Cemetery Offices - San Diego, California
Posted: April 12, 2022 | Projects
The primary purpose for an office facility at a cemetery is not for the management of the property. Its directive is to sensitively assist grieving individuals and families who come to the facility to make burial arrangements. The new Holy Cross Cemetery office building replaces an obsolete building that was a 70-year-old caretaker’s residence. The guiding design principal was to create a welcoming, light-filled space that provides a spiritually uplifting experience to the clients as they work through a very difficult time in their lives.
Photo Courtesy of Gary Sershon
The result is a luminous two-story space that immediately greets clients the moment they walk in the door. From there, clients are led into small conference rooms to arrange matters with a counselor. While the rooms are technically a place of business, the spaces are not to be perceived as such and are more pastoral.
Each conference room has a large set of windows that looks out into soft terrain and beautifully landscaped cemetery grounds. The rooms are meant to be comforting, so there are no computers, office equipment, or other unnecessary distractions, to avoid giving an “office” look. The working office environments are housed elsewhere in the building.
Although it is mostly unseen, one of the most important spaces in the building is a four-hour rated, fire protected, enclosed vault where all of the paper records are kept from the founding of the cemetery and any records generated as long as the burial sites exist.
The day-to-day office work, accounting, conference room, employee break room, and facility management work takes place on the second floor. The office work is kept separated from the clients, and has its own entry and parking area.
The design team also recognized that the employees work every day with grieving clients, so the second floor also has an abundance of light, big views, and tall uplifting spaces to bring relief and natural light to the employee’s somber duties
Lord Architecture, Inc.
11650 Iberia Place, San Diego, CA 92128
George Soultanian & Associates
170 S. Escondido Boulevard, Escondido, CA 92025
Merrick & Associates
9606 Tierra Grande Street, #206, San Diego, CA 92126
Kruse & Associates
12245 World Trade Drive, #A, San Diego, CA 92128
Tony Garczynski Development, Inc.
13200 Kirkham Way, Poway, CA 92064
Location: San Diego, California
Date Bid: Jul 2015
Construction Period: Aug 2015 to Sep 2016
Total Square Feet: 5,180 Site: 47 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 3,344; second floor, 1,836; total,5,180 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 11'6"; second floor, 18'6"; total, 30'.
Basic Construction Type: New/Wood Frame/V-A.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: Stucco on wood frame.
Roof: Membrane, clay tile. Floors: Concrete, wood.
Interior Walls: CMU, wood stud drywall.