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Our Lady by the Sea Catholic Community Center Floor Plan 1 Lobby 2 Hall 3 Sanctuary/Platform 4 Sacristy 5 Warming Kitchen 6 Restroom 7 Storage

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Our Lady by the Sea Catholic Community Center was

p r o j e c t  Our

conceived as a symbol of hope for Bolivar Peninsula,

c l i e n t  Archdiocese

of Galveston-Houston

which was ravaged by Hurricane Ike in 2008. The 5,000-

a r c h i t e c t  Jackson

& Ryan Architects

sf structure replaces two churches damaged beyond

d e s i g n t e a m  John

repair by the storm. Designed by Jackson and Ryan

c o n t r a c t o r  Brookstone

Lady by the Sea Catholic Community Center, Bolivar

Clements, AIA; Christopher Craig, AIA

Architects for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, the

c o n s u l t a n t s  Wylie & Associates (MEP); Matrix Structural Engineers

community center features a clean, crisp white and blue

(structural); BrewerEscalante (civil); HFP Acoustical Consultants

exterior. Its simple shed roof, lap siding, and elevated

(acoustical)

floor level are reminiscent of archetypal beach struc-

p h o t o g r a p h e r  Mark

Scheyer

tures. A sense of calm and refuge imbues the interior

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environment, with the octagonal lobby reminiscent of

r e s o u r c e s storm water specialist :

early Christian baptismal fonts. The central gathering

concrete materials :

area is appointed with mahogany trim, built-in stations

metal materials :

Construction EcoServices Corp.;

Keystone Concrete;

masonry units :

Headwaters;

Empire Steel Erectors; railings : Hoffa; architectural

of the cross, and stained-glass windows salvaged from

woodwork :

an area church closed after the hurricane. The grand

Fireproof Contractors;

hall can also accommodate other parish and commu-

metal and wood doors :

nity functions. Public restrooms, a warming kitchen,

windows :

and a covered outdoor social space below the elevated

glass restoration :

structure complete the program. Concrete, masonry,

(Texas State Tile & Terrazzo);

and steel joist construction exceed windstorm criteria

SignAge; food service equipment: Manna Distributors; blinds : Draper

for the coastal region and ensure that the building can

(Elite Window Coverings)

Panel Tech; laminates : Wilsonart International; insulation : sheet metal :

Firestone (Skweres Service);

American Door Products; entrances and metal

Kawneer; glass : Oldcastle Glass (Dynamic Glass); stained Foster Stained Glass; paint :

gypsum :

USG;

tile :

Sherwin Williams;

Daltile

signage :

endure future storms.

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Texas Architect Nov/Dec 2011: Arts & Science