After many years of planning, LGA was engaged to design a 28,515 square-foot building as the new home for the St. Anthony of Padua Parish. The first phase of development includes a 800-seat parish hall, a small chapel, administrative offices, and a large storage facility.
LGA master planned the entire site for future development of religious education classrooms, parish kitchen, the future church and parking. The access roads are carefully design so they culminate at the roundabout plaza, where a 12-foot cross is placed as a centerpiece on raised planter beds, visible from both directions. The plaza serves as an outdoor gathering space for the parishioners, appropriate for processions, weddings, and other community activities, and will also connect to the future Church development.
The exterior of the Parish Hall design is influenced by Italian architecture. The covered colonnades on each side of the main entry incorporate a series of arches that reflects the traditional representation of an Italian worship space. The entry vestibule as well as the main parish hall includes pilasters and arches resembling the shape and feeling of the colonnade.
In the multi-purpose worship high clerestory windows above the arches bring in daylight from both sides of the building. The structural design utilizes long-span ridge and glu-laminated wood beams to eliminate the need of any columns in the space, giving the parish hall an open feeling with good sightlines from every seat. The high ceiling is finished with stained wood contrasted by a selection of modern lighting fixtures. HVAC ductwork and devices are hidden within architectural soffits to minimize the visual impact, and return the focus to activities on the altar.