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PORTFOLIO : RELIGIOUS FACILITIES St. Stephen Deacon + Martyr G p r o j e c t  St. Built last year, the St. Stephen Deacon + Martyr Sanctu- Stephen Deacon + Martyr Sanctuary, El Paso c l i e n t  Catholic ary of the Catholic Diocese of El Paso represents the final Diocese of El Paso a r c h i t e c t  Alvidrez Architecture phase of a project designed by Alvidrez Architecture. d e s i g n t e a m   David Alvidrez, AIA; Jose Luis Lopez; Priscilla Velez; Comprising a total 42,000 sf on 7.5 acres, the project 1 took 10 years to complete. The 25,745-sf sanctuary, Enrique Spencer c o n t r a c t o r  Lloyd its design inspired by the themes of light and journey, Hamilton Construction Engineering Consultants (civil); Henry accommodates a capacity of 1,000 people and was K. Ng and Associates (structural); Fluid Systems (mechanical); completed on a $3.6m budget. A small courtyard divides Gonzalo Aguilar Professional Engineer (electrical); Desert Elements the new and older buildings, creating a small gather- (landscape); AMEC Earth and Environmental (geotechnical); Scott ing space that encourages social interaction among Biggs Professional Estimating & Consulting (estimator); Julie parishioners. The sanctuary’s entry has three portals, Ericson Gereda (accessibility) referencing the Holy Trinity, that lead into the light-filled p h o t o g r a p h e r  Fred worship space. Different from traditional double-aisle c o n s u l t a n t s   Quantum Golden Photography 2 3 4 churches, St. Stephen’s pews are set in a semi-stacked Mullen Telles; masonry pattern facing the altar, a configuration that brings the units : Del Norte Masonry Products; metal materials : CMC Commercial congregation together in closer fellowship. Placement Materials; metal decking : Metal Dek Group; structural steel , concrete of the rectilinear baptismal font at the entrance further reinforcing steel : r e s o u r c e s concrete pavement and materials : railings and handrails : supports the sense of community, with surrounding seats Garcia’s Welding; metal studs : Dietrich Metal Framing (Rew Materi- and water gently cascading down the sides of the basin. als); Wanting the sanctuary to reflect the community’s diver- Structural Steel Services; architectural woodwork : Imperial Woodwork; waterproofing : membrane sity and communal spirit, church officials commissioned Johns Manville; metal and wood doors : Desert Construction works of art from regional craftsmen. Among them, Ken Specialties; entrances , glazed curtain wall : Architectural Aluminum Grlesemer, a liturgical designer from Albuquerque, as- & Glass; stained glass artist: Architectural Stained Glass; acoustical sisted on the design of the project, while Jeff Smith of ceilings : Best Sign Fort Davis created a wall of stained glass. Also, artist manufactured casework , ecclesiastical John Nava created nine tapestries of saints that corre- Chemprobe; building insulation : Tripolymer Foam Insulation; roofing : Armstrong; paint : Sherwin-Williams; Systems (Garcia’s Welding); furniture : Imperial Woodworks signage : spond with the ethnic spectrum of the congregation, a clear departure from Euro-centric tradition. S u s a n 3 / 4 2 0 1 0 B u t l e r 5 8 6 7 Sanctuary 1 tabernacle 2 altar 3 sanctuary 4 Baptismal Font 5 sacrist 6 Vesting 7 Exterior Narthex 8 children’s Chapel t e x a s a r c h i t e c t 69

Texas Architect March/April 2010: Performance Spaces

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