HDG Architects designed the Lourdes Center, a new 8,000 SF building for St. Bernadette Parish in Monroeville, PA. The process began with a productive feasibility study, leading us to understand that the Parish’s grade school was in need of a multi-purpose room for physical education classes, assemblies, and extra-curricular activities, and the Parish itself was in need of a facility to host luncheons and Lenten Fish Fry events.
The creative, 2-story design solution addressed the limited site with its difficult terrain, while sticking to a very strict budget. The new building included a new full size gymnasium with stage, locker rooms, cafeteria with commercial-usage kitchen, and supporting restrooms. The scope of work included addressing important circulation and relational issues, including a study of the project’s impact on the existing parking lot, negotiation of new entrances to the building that would work with the slope of the site, and maintenance of the strong relationship between the existing school and church. The new facility entrance was similar to and in keeping with the school entrance, providing a harmony despite the age and visual differences between the structures.
August 17, 2017