St. Patrick’s occupies a special place in the hearts of people along the gulf coast of Mississippi.  In 2005, the small jewel on the beachfront was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, and one-third of the members of the church lost their homes.  The new structure recalls the spirit of the beachfront church in scale and material, with white board-and-batten cladding.  The central design feature is the dogtrot, a historic element in south Mississippi that promotes natural ventilation within outdoor spaces between buildings.  At St Patrick’s, the dogtrot is a covered connection between the office/classroom block and the multi-purpose hall.  It is used for fellowship after services, a cool retreat for staff, and overflow areas for large events.

The building was designed to meet LEED Silver certification.  Although the project was registered, the church has decided not to pursue certification.  Sustainable features included regional materials, high efficiency systems, site planning choices, and a very tight building envelope, including soy-based spray insulation.  This project was delivered under a negotiated contract.


Completion 2010

Program: 9,000 SF multi-purpose hall, kitchen, classrooms, and administrative offices.

Cost: $2,200,000

Project Team:

unabridged Architecture, Architect

Benchmark, Contractor