The Parish Center replaced a deteriorated convent and provided new opportunities for community events and celebrations. The program of 5500 SF includes a large meeting hall with support facilities, including a kitchen, storage, office, and restrooms. The parish center has served as a center for weekday mass, fish frys, outreach celebrations, community events, a dormitory for volunteers, and an activity center for children/seniors.
The pre-engineered steel frame was covered with a simple concrete board siding to fit the local vernacular. Windows reproduced the convent windows in proportion and size. The exterior colors adopt the bright colors of the Kente cloth fabrics traditionally worn by the church’s Gospel Choir. The neutral palette of the interior allows the congregation to breathe life and color to the light-filled and resonant space.
Building construction was interrupted by Hurricane Katrina. However, the project was completed within the budget of $150 per square foot in 2006.
Program: 5,500 SF multi-purpose hall, storage, office, kitchen, and support
unabridged Architecture, Architect
Simpkins Costelli, Structural, Civil Engineer
Ladner/Ward, MEP Engineer
J.O. Collins, Contractor