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The Notre Dame Catholic Church in Houston, designed

p r o j e c t  Notre

by Turner Duran Architects, replaces existing facilities

c l i e n t  Notre

with a 1,100-seat sanctuary and expanded parking on

a r c h i t e c t  Turner

Duran Architects

the existing 20-acre campus. The new church, also

d e s i g n t e a m  Jack

Duran, AIA; Greg Turner, AIA; Alex Bernard, AIA

incorporating a 100-seat chapel for daytime services,

c o n t r a c t o r  Brookstone

features modest and creative use of materials and forms

c o n s u l t a n t s   Halff

to evoke strong connections to the past. The design of


the 20,280-sf building reflects the residential scale

p h o t o g r a p h e r  Geoff

Dame Catholic Church, Houston

Dame Catholic Church

Associates (civil); CJG Engineers (structural); Lyon

and character of the campus while also resolving the



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complex circulation requirements of building entry and

r e s o u r c e s stone and masonry wall assemblies :

liturgical procession. The traditional Gothic configura-

timber :

tion is organized around a stained-glass window of the

Knauf Insulation; roof and wall panels : Petersen Aluminum, Berridge

R.M. Rodgers;

waterproofing :

Acme; glue laminated


building insul ation :

church’s namesake, which was relocated to the new


church’s entrance. The iconic image establishes specific

Marshfield Door Systems, Ceco Door; gypsum board framing : Dietrich

themes for the balance of the architecture—tradition,

Metal Framing, Georgia-Pacific, Gordon, USG, American Gypsum;

holiness, and faith. Oak trim invests the interior spaces

tile :

with a timeless sense of warmth. Natural light enters

paints :

from all four sides of the sanctuary and helps organize

Building Systems

metal doors :

American Door Products;

American Stone Company, Daltile;

wood doors :

acoustical ceilings :


ICI Paints; protective covers : AVADEK; metal building : Red Dot

the liturgical procession focused on the altar and, ultimately, the tabernacle. Sustainable design aspects of the project include daylighting and an energy-efficient mechanical system. N o e l l e

H e i n z e

Floor Plan 1 Gathering Hall 2 Nave 3 Sanctuary 4 Chapel 5 Restroom 6 Mechanical


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Texas Architect Nov/Dec 2011: Arts & Science