St. Kilian New Church and Parish Center Addition/Renovation

Client: Diocese of Orange
Services Provided: Programming, Design, Construction Documents, Construction Administation
Project Location: Mission Viejo, CA
Project Area: New Church-17,342 sf; Parish Center Addition/Renovation-23,383 sf 
Completion Date: August 2013
Program: 900-seat Church, Parish Center, Administrative Facilities and Religious Educational Facilities

The project challenged our firm to build a 900-seat church, increase the support spaces for the Parish, create spaces for religious education, and accommodate 400 parking spaces on a small plateau site, while allowing the existing church to remain operational during construction. The design expresses the straightforward, welcoming philosophy of the Parish. The new Church and Parish Center surround a gathering court to support events and informal gathering. The church creates a strong visual identity imbued with the personality of the Parish as a spiritual family, upholds the rich traditions of Catholicism, and calls out to the community. The inspiring edifice makes dramatic use of natural, sustainable materials such as glass, stone and wood, all highlighted by a color palette of rich earth tones. Numerous windows suffuse the church with natural light. A tower positioned over the altar allowing a colored light to bathe the focus of the nave, highlighting the 9×13-foot mosaic of Christ. The tiles represent the people of the living mosaic of St. Kilian,” says Father Bruce Patterson, the parish’s pastor.