Craig, Gaulden & Davis
Cary Engineering Consultants
Morris Construction Co.
Diocese of Charleston, S.C.
Precast Specialty Engineer
Design/Build Engineers & Contractors Inc.
Key Project Attributes
- Fabricating the precast concrete components under controlled conditions in the plant ensured high quality and tight tolerances, minimizing field adjustments and speeding up erection time.
- Precast concrete’s aesthetic versatility provided a contemporary look that also fit with the traditional needs of the religious community.
- Precast concrete structural system provided interior finish on pieces, saving time and materials.
- Precast concrete structural system offered clear spans and open interiors.
- Panels were sandblasted, with the exposed surfaces acting as a reflective foil complementing other finish materials.
- Precast concrete’s modularity allowed concrete elements to be stacked and connected as needed to speed construction while leaving few joints.
- 25,000-square-foot facility includes 1,200 seat-church, 60-seat chapel, and ancillary support function spaces (bridal room, baptisery, narthex, and sacristy.
- More than 250 precast concrete components, including architectural load-bearing panels, beams, and arched spandrels.
- Exposed concrete elements consist of two pieces, joined back to back, that are stacked and connected above and below with steel pins.