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Holy Cross Catholic Community Church

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Location:
Sparks, NV
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Completed: 2002-12
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Owners: Holy Cross Catholic Community
Contractors: Civil Engineer-F.P.E.
Electrical Engineers-Aentec
General Contractor-Reno Construction
Photographers-Vance Fox Photography
Structural Engineer-Forbes & Dunagan
Description: The owner’s brief required a non-traditional and less symmetrically processional (as opposed to Roman Catholic precedent) design that evokes a new spirit of Catholicism as a symbol for the new community of Spanish Springs.

The design was inspired by the spiritual nature of the church, the sloping site, and spectacular views to the Spanish Springs valley, foothills, and the Sierra Mountains.

A modern tectonic of lightweight structural metal decks, concrete masonry, industrial glazing and engineered trusses accommodates many uses. The parti, an eventual bow-tie scheme, was selected as the organizing solution that considers the parish’s anticipation of adding a fixed seat worship area in 15-20 years. The Small chapel space is required in the short and long term, and therefore it is placed at the knot of the bow-tie scheme and acts as an organizing element for the other spaces and the future expansion to the south. The worship space, facing the views to the west, is articulated with structural repetitive fins to address the sweeping west sun and gives the west façade a deeply faceted play of shade and show which offers a striking evening show of structure and light
Award(s) Won:
Extra Note: AIA Nevada Design Awards (2005) Entry No. B05085, Submission.
UNLV Architecture Studies Library holds: Form Core Boards, Project Entry Form, Project Identification Form, Photo Release Form, Intern Compensation Disclaimer Form, Exteriors Photos, Precedents, Site Plan, Sketches, Model Photos, Floor Plans, Elevations, Interior Photos and CD

AIA Nevada Design Awards (2006) Entry No. B06002, Merit Award.
UNLV Architecture Studies Library holds: Form Core Boards, Project Identification Form, Photo Release Form, Intern Compensation Disclaimer Form, Project Entry Form, Exteriors Photos, Site Plan, Floor Plans, Interior Photos and CD