Name of project:
St. James Roman Catholic Church
Archdiocese de Grouard/McLennan
- Architect undertakes comprehensive facility evaluation with help from structural, mechanical and electrical engineers.
- Respond to facility evaluation that reveals accelerated depreciation from water infiltration.
- Re-design building roof and wall exterior envelope assemblies. The 1976 pre-engineered steel structure with metal cladding is deficient in thermal, air and moisture barriers.
- Salvage Priestís residence Rectory structure, to become the Fellowship Centre, is adopted over the more expensive total demolition option.
- Re-configure Worship Area by reversing altar from West to East where, according to Father Al Hubenig, it belongs. Revised layout gives an opportunity to combine the assembly occupancies of Worship Area and Fellowship Centre.
- Bring life and light to the seemingly unfinished Worship Area. Bright ceiling task lighting, altar backdrop and taller, clearer feature windows replace the dominance of dark fuzzy fire retardant on exposed steel.
- Rejuvenate exterior aesthetics as a bonus to improving building performance. The Building Committee assigns less priority to exterior look then building performance and adherence to budget. The new entrance treatment, new windows, new brick accent, new stucco wall finishes and new roofing all contribute to a unifying and fresh image.
- The architect acknowledges the team effort and volunteer hours and expertise that contribute to the enjoyment and success of the architectural process.
Currently in development