SFS Architecture

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  • St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center

    Lawrence, KS

    Timeless design creates peaceful worship center, preserves neighborhood character

    Challenge

    Design a timeless worship and fellowship facility for a college town Catholic community while preserving the character of the surrounding residential neighborhood.

    Process

    Our design team collaborated with St. Lawrence Catholic Center and University of Kansas representatives to establish design criteria and goals for the facility, including the need to perceptually minimize the building’s scale to integrate with its surroundings.

    Solution

    The completed 28,000 SF addition was designed to create an image of three separate buildings. The new facilities provide offices, conference/meeting rooms, a library, social hall, kitchen and church. The church seats 400 within a simple square plan. The roof design, a dramatic wood structure supported on 12 concrete columns, plays a major role in shaping and refining the room to provide optimum acoustics for the custom-designed tracker pipe organ. Dormers and skylights within the roof structure allow indirect natural light into the space. Wood slats control and filter indirect and direct light, creating light patterns that constantly change throughout the day.

    Awards & Publications

    2001
    Published, House & Garden

    1991
    Allied Artists Collaboration Award, American Institute of Architects - Kansas City

    1990
    Published, Iowa Architect

    1989
    Award for Excellence in Architecture,American Institute of Architects - Central States

    Allied Artist Collaboration Award, American Institute of Architects - Kansas City

    1987
    Lighting Award, Electric Association of Missouri and Kansas