This four-story hillside expansion project for the Our Lord Christ the King Parish in Mt. Lookout square serves as a vital connector between the existing Cardinal Pacelli School, Parish Center, and Church. The program for the building includes a mixed use of parish gathering space, office space, and a school cafeteria. Design complexity included in the new build with the historic design of the existing church. We were involved at Our Lord Christ the King from the early planning stages in 2014 through its completion in 2018. We aided as part of the project team on all phases of the project from early conceptual site planning, church board meetings, construction documents and detailing, bidding, interior design, and construction observation.
Functioning as an amiable church, this space provides opportunity for the local community to come together in festivity of many events. The Our Lord Christ the King Parish plays an essential role in local communities for experiences such as food banks, youth camps and offers occasions of direct aid and charity to families. We helped expand these offerings by creating a space for the community to use and grow into.
It was essential that this project delicately tied into the 1957 Indiana Limestone Our Lord Christ the King church. The new building was constructed of Arriscraft stone product to replicate the present limestone finish of the church. Wed tied into the existing building with a curved glass entry way to maintain independence between the historic and new structures and leave as much of the historic church exposed as possible. Stained glass doors that were removed at the point of connection to the church were preserved and installed in a back-lit accent wall in the new gather space to further tie the historic and new structures together.
The project became interdisciplinary between Our Lord Christ the King Parish, Cardinal Pacelli School, our firm, HGC Construction, Thorson Baker + Associates, and Bayer Becker. This was unique as consultant team participants also served a dual role as parish members. From the initiation concept design phase to the end of construction on the complex site, our project team worked collectively for the best solution to meet future needs of the parish. This includes its connection to the Cardinal Pacelli School, while maintaining ongoing church services and a working school all on the same site. All team members had to work together during every phase of the project to make this a success.
Building Architecture- Large Scale (>10,000 sf)