Turner Partners Architecture of Houston, Texas is pleased to announce the start of construction on Notre Dame Catholic Church located at 7720 Boone Road in Southwest Houston, Texas. Parishioners have completed their "Building the Future Together" capital campaign aimed at providing the new facility by next year.
The project consists of a new free-standing building and related site development. The proposed 20,000 square-foot building will be situated between two existing buildings on the parish campus site. The building will contain a 1,100-seat worship space with a flat floor, a 100-seat chapel, an elevated sanctuary and a large gathering hall. Associated ancillary spaces will include brides room, vesting sacristy, sacristy, ushers room, alter servers room, and two reconciliation rooms. These improvements will accommodate growth and add provisions for the hearing-impaired.
Limited vehicular access and egress to and from the site has been a major problem for the church. In order to improve traffic flow on site, a new loop drive at the perimeter of the property will be installed to address current and future traffic needs. An existing one-story classroom building will be raised to accommodate the new access drive. The results will be improved "way-finding" and a more efficient campus environment with separation of vehicular and pedestrian circulation.
An important feature, the "Mary Window," a 40-foot high, stained glass window from the original church will be removed, repaired, and relocated to a prominent location in the narthex of the new church. Relocating the stained glass will allow parishioners and the community to continue to revere the image of the church's namesake.
The expected date of completion is November 2009. Brookstone Corporation is the general contractor for the project. (Editors note: No major damage to the construction site is reported after Hurricane Ike swept through Houston.)