The Parish Center replaced a deteriorated convent and provided new opportunities for community events and celebrations.  The program of 5500 SF includes a large meeting hall with support facilities, including a kitchen, storage, office, and restrooms.  The parish center has served as a center for weekday mass, fish frys, outreach celebrations, community events, a dormitory for volunteers, and an activity center for children/seniors.

The pre-engineered steel frame was covered with a simple concrete board siding to fit the local vernacular.  Windows reproduced the convent windows in proportion and size.  The exterior colors adopt the bright colors of the Kente cloth fabrics traditionally worn by the church’s Gospel Choir.  The neutral palette of the interior allows the congregation to breathe life and color to the light-filled and resonant space.

Building construction was interrupted by Hurricane Katrina.  However, the project was completed within the budget of $150 per square foot in 2006.


Completed 2006

Program: 5,500 SF multi-purpose hall, storage, office, kitchen, and support

Cost: $900,000

Project Team:

unabridged Architecture, Architect

Simpkins Costelli, Structural, Civil Engineer

Ladner/Ward, MEP Engineer

J.O. Collins, Contractor