North Coast Calvary Chapel

Grant General Contractors, working with North Coast Calvary Chapel and Timeless Architecture, created a 17,792-square-foot, authentic Tuscan design Chapel and coffee shop, called the Story Café.

The goal of North Coast Calvary Chapel, located in Carlsbad, Calif., was to create a new chapel building that would reflect the beauty of the Tuscan Order of architecture, as outlined in the pinnacle 1562 architecture treatise, The Five Orders of Architecture, written by Giacomo Bazorri da Vignola. The order of architecture is one in which all the members, proportions, ornaments of columns and pilasters, and the projecting parts of a building are united to form a complete whole.

The North Coast Calvary chapel building is a free-standing addition to the church's existing campus. The 17,792-square-foot, two-story building features an old-world chapel, multi-purpose reception/training room, coffee shop, casual fireplace gathering room, dedicated high school assembly room, private counseling offices, adult Sunday School classrooms, and second-story balconies with comfortable seating and views of the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding hills and mountains.

The cornerstone of the project is the Chapel Assembly, with a ground floor seating capacity of 272 and balcony seating for 72. The desire was to create a space of quiet sacredness. The chapel was designed for worship services, acoustical music performances, memorial services, and weddings. This sacred environment has been achieved through the use of exposed rustic wood trusses (hand-created and stained onsite) and a wood-slat ceiling of individually cut and placed members. The roof trusses are supported by two rows of two-storied stone columns with arched colonnades at each side of the chapel at first floor level and arched windows at the second story level. The acoustical design provides for superb speech intelligibility and acoustical musical performances. Adjacent to the chapel assembly is a prayer and meditation courtyard.

New Chapel Construction (North Coast Calvary Chapel)

Carlsbad, California
Project Size: 301-800 seats
Completion Date: March 27, 2015

Other key components of the chapel building is a coffee shop and fireplace gathering room. The church desired a high-quality coffee shop that would provide an alternative to the commercial coffee shops in the community. The coffee shop has been named The Story Café. Its design is a replica of an Italian coffee house and café, and it is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. The café serves beverages and food to church families and neighborhood visitors. Mike Bacile of The Daily Java helped specify the highest quality equipment for a commercial café. The Story Café is anchored by a fireplace and exposed wood beamed ceiling. The walls and bookshelves of the Story Café are covered with art and photography of local artists. Abundant areas of casual seating are provided inside and outside.

The success of the new chapel building is testament to the virtues laid out by the National Association of Church Design Builders (NACDB). With a collaborative effort among Grant General Contractors, North Coast Calvary Chapel, and Timeless Architecture, building challenges were met with building solutions. Because the church desired its facility to be open by Easter 2015, a tight construction schedule was maintained. Despite a local fire, unexpected rains, material delays, and numerous changes in the design, the team banded together to meet its goals. North Coast Calvary Chapel's senior pastor, Mark Foreman, summed up the project by saying, "This beautiful project was completed on time, on budget, and we are still great friends with our contractor."

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