SFS Architecture

Worship

Holy Angels Catholic Church

Basehor, KS

Master plan yields new church facility with atmosphere of grandeur, quiet worship

Challenge

Develop a master plan and design for a new church facility on an existing site, to be built in phases, that creates a sense of grandeur and quiet worship for parishioners.

Process

The SFS team prepared more than six master plan options, from which a final plan was selected for presentation to the parish, and worked with the parish committee to define the first phase of construction and prepare drawings and materials to use in the fund drive to support the project. Upon successful completion of the fund drive, SFS finalized design development, completed construction documents and bid the project.

Solution

The first phase of the master plan was the 17,000 SF church and narthex. Holding 800 people for worship, the 65-foot wood ceiling and heavy timber framing creates a sense of grandeur when entering the space. This large volume is filled with indirect natural light that radiates from nine skylights above. The church is organized by a strong sense of procession, with lighting adjusting from bright at the entry to dim just as parishioners enter the worship space, creating an immediate focus on the natural light filled sanctuary. This design facilitates the spiritual transition from outside distractions to quiet worship.

Awards & Publications

2010
Association of Builders & Contractors
Excellence in Construction Award