Holy Family Gathering Hall

Holy Family Catholic Church ministers to 1,700 families.  The existing facilities in the main church complex consist of a large Sanctuary, smaller Chapel, connecting Foyer and an Administrative Office Building.  The educational complex consists of two Classroom Buildings, a Gymnasium and Kitchen.

The parish determined that there was a need for a Parish or Gathering Hall to accommodate large annual dinners, Sunday breakfasts, funeral lunches, and a variety of large gatherings held throughout the year.  The existing Gymnasium space was viewed as being so obviously a sports venue, that it did only a marginal job of accommodating these non-sporting activities.  The only nursery or child care space on the overall campus was located remote from the Church in one of the educational classrooms.  The desire was expressed to provide a Nursery adjacent to the Church.  Further, support spaces for the Church such as meeting space, gift shop facilities, restrooms and storage were found to be inadequate.

The decision was made to seek funds to construct an addition to the Church which would house a Gathering Hall to seat 300 for dinner, a Nursery, a Brides/Meeting Room, Restrooms and Storage Rooms.  This decision resulted in the design of an 11,600 square foot building addition.

The addition to the Church was designed to connect to the existing large Foyer and be located to the "rear" of the overall existing building.  The goal was to provide an addition that blended with the existing structure and did not dominate or distract from the landmark Church.  The new Gathering Hall was provided with a small new parking area to provide improved handicap-accessible access to both the Hall and the existing Church.