Proj Overview

Project Overview

The 2 story, 32,000 sq. ft. school will seat 1,500.The church was built to replace an aging smaller worship hall that could only seat 360 people, which was not adequate for the growing congregation. The building had to be built in an area on the property that had a substantial down slope, thus nearly 5,000 truckloads of dirt had to be brought in to bring the building’s slab elevation up to a suitable location. Precast panels allowed the general contractor to make up for lost time. Once the site was ready, the 17,000 SF of architectural precast wall panels were erected in 14 working days, allowing the building to be dried in quickly so other trades could complete their work.

Breaking ground started back in February 2012, followed by 5,000 truckloads of backfill until July 2012. From July to August of that same year, the foundations and basement walls were created and steel erection began in September, then precast erection in October. The building was dedicated on June 16, 2013.

Precast Solution

A precast concrete structural and envelop system was used to meet the project requirements. The envelope used insulated panels with embedded thin-brick providing a performance R-value of R-10.  The exterior wall panels were also load bearing, transferring the floor and roof loads to the foundation.


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Project Team


Archdiosese of Louisville 


JRA Architects, Louisville, KY 


Skyhook Structural Engineering, Louisville, KY 

General Contractor

Wehr Constructors, Louisville, KY 


Coreslab Structures (Indianapolis) Inc.

Key Project Attributes

  • Performance R-value of R-10.
  • Continuous insulation and air-barrier, along with vapor barrier achieved all in one precast panel.
  • Saved three months off construction schedule relative to brick and block. Project erected in 14 working days.
  • 5,000 truckloads of dirt had to be brought in to bring the grade elevation of the church up 20 feet, the back section of the church is set into the newly created hill as classrooms in a basement area.

Project/Precast Scope

  • 2 story, 1,500 seat, 35,000 sq. ft. church
  • 1,100 sq. ft. of 6” and 8” solid arch. precast wall panels
  • 16,000 sq. ft. of 10” & 12” insulated curved arch. precast wall panels with thin brick
  • Total of 89 pieces of precast