An addition to St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, providing a Youth Ministry meeting space and parish offices. The incorporation of the Youth Ministry space into the addition allowed a better connection for their use of the sanctuary and a new light filled space to call their own. The addition defines a courtyard with a terrace area further enhancing the connection of the church and school, as well as provides informal outdoor gathering spaces.
The design intent was to make the addition blend into the existing architectural design, using the same Kasota limestone (cut from the same quarry) and copper shingles of the church. The addition was located on the west side of the site, extending the Home Ave. street frontage and creating privacy for the courtyard. The main level with the parish offices connects directly to the church, with a separate courtyard side entry. The large strip windows with clear and fritted glass provide the offices with able daylighting. The west side projecting stone wall provides an aesthetical counterpoint to the strip windows, literally created due to the need for more space in the Work Room and to keep the overall size of the simple rectangular addition economically feasible and still functional. The Reception area features the original church stone wall and brings in the cherry wood detailing of the church to the ceiling grid and the reception desk.
With the site sloping three feet from the church to the school, and sculpting the west side of the site, large window were provided for the lower level, for both daylighting, ventilation and visibility for security for the Youth Ministry. The split level south stairway provides the Youth Ministry their own entry. The Youth Ministry director requested a flexible open gathering space, with the idea of a coffee shop with an industrial feel. The structural steel and acoustical decking is exposed and painted white to maximize the feeling of open space. Exposed mechanical ducts and LED industrial light fixtures incorporated into the beams provide the industrial feel. A dropped acoustical ceiling with the a patinated copper countertop island below provide a coffee shop gathering space. The east wall wood cabinetry provided needed storage and kitchenette, creating a more finished look. The combination of the durable industrial elements and coffee shop features creates a space the kids can use and respect, a place they call their own and connect with the church.
The church was designed by the same architect, completed in 2002. The parish calls the addition a “wing” to the church, noting that it looks like it has always been there, its just waiting for the copper to patina.