Almost everyone in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area has seen the gold-covered dome over the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.
The oldest standing building on Quality Hill, the iconic landmark is the site of ongoing renovations. Intimately involved with the project over the years, SFS Architecture principal Marsha Hoffman told KMBZ that religious architecture is “an exciting project type that we really love working on.”
The firm has worked with more than 60 congregations and parishes in the region on projects that have included restoration, renovation and additions from worship spaces and fellowship gathering spaces to classrooms.
Other well-known projects include Atonement Lutheran Church on Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park, Kansas and First Bible Baptist in Blue Springs, Missouri where it is working on a new children’s center.
Also noteworthy is the work SFS Architecture has been involved in on the Christ Lutheran Church and Education Center in Overland Park which is known for its beautiful commons area and gorgeous courtyard for group gatherings.
As the backbone of our communities, religious facilities play a crucial role in keeping people connected to their faith and the people they worship with. The facilities design and structure can add a lot to the experience.
Depending on the specific faith and location, tastes and demands are entirely different. “Every church, every congregation is different and their mission, values and needs vary greatly. We are starting every project with a clean slate even though we’ve done a variety of related projects,” said Hoffman.