As their congregational family grew, Holy Infant Parish in Manchester, Pennsylvania, found itself on the easternmost portion of its parish boundary.
While their existing two-story church and education building had served their congregational needs well, the parish was faced with aging buildings that were not fully accessible and geographically limited their ability to serve their growing congregation.
The Diocese of Harrisburg presented the parish with an undeveloped rural site in Manchester, Pennsylvania, that would locate them closer to the center of their parish boundaries.
The challenge the parish now faced was how to affordably meet all their program needs within their budget on a rural site with limited municipal services and replicate the beloved design aspects of their former York Haven Church.
Embracing the benefits of design build, this collaborative, cost-controlling method of project delivery was selected to maximize the parish’s budget and buildable square footage.
Incorporating prefabricated wood trusses trimmed to look like heavy timber construction kept the feel of the interior of the previous nave, while the overall design allowed for future expansion.
The result is a new one-story, fully accessible, 15,000-square-foot church and parish center, including a 315-seat nave, an administrative wing, large multipurpose room, and classroom wing.
Demountable and accordion partition systems provide maximum flexibility within the classroom wing. A full production kitchen serves the multipurpose room, which also seats 250 for banquets.
A feature of the design includes a bell tower and light shaft over the altar and tabernacle to draw light and the sound of the bell into the sanctuary.
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