The 250-seat Chapel is sited to take advantage of the seclusion of the wooded property, and the frontage along an existing path between student housing and the campus core. The Chapel won a 2013 AIA Ohio Design Award.
Metal panels and redwood cladding create contemporary, clean forms that speak to the environment. The entry tower anchors the building, serving as a beacon amongst the grounds and directing your eye upward to the mature trees. Perched at the edge of the woods, the worship space is marked with full-height windows. Instead of a traditional cross-cut view of the mature trees, the main worship space offers 16-foot views of the surrounding forest.
Simple in concept, the Chapel is thoughtfully organized. A movable font fosters flexibility for the college-aged congregation with few baptisms. The sloped roof provides acoustical balance for the concrete floor. Owned by the Catholic Diocese, the space is intended for students of all faiths. The flexible space includes small meeting spaces, lounges, and a kitchen. All spaces are designed to be adapted to a variety of different sized meetings and special events.