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Built in 1905, St. Joseph Church was heavily damaged by fire in 1999. The thick stone exterior bearing walls, two stone towers, and a wood floor remained after initial demolition. Traho worked within the framework of a design-build team to evaluate existing conditions, develop solutions for reconstruction, establish a budget, and produce construction documents. The design team worked closely with the Church Building Committee to reconstruct an enlarged facility that would also preserve the familiar character of the original Church and reflect the importance in floor planning of Catholic Liturgy.

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Budgeting was critical and the team made design decisions throughout the construction process to maintain cost targets. The remaining stone building entry wall and its two adjoining towers were incorporated into the reconstructed building. Textured exterior precast concrete wall panels continued the visual strength of the existing stone towers and a planter base constructed of salvaged stone tied the new and existing forms together. Seating approximately 1,000 people, the large, open Nave adjoins the Narthex through a 14’ high by 30’ wide opening that can be closed with wood and glass rolling doors. Large complex stained glass window frames of the original building have been reproduced in custom fabricated steel. Salvaged stained glass, supplemented where necessary, will be installed as the interior lite of these frames.


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