Awards

NATIONAL AWARD OF MERIT

Designer: Steve Gollehon (Morrissey Engineering), Toby Samuelson (Morrissey Engineering), Randy Milbrath (RDG Planning & Design)
Photographer: Tom Kessler

Constructed in 1920, the renovation of the Seven Dolors Catholic Parish sought to preserve the iconic structure while restoring use for future generations. Building on a unique parish name, the seven sorrows of Mary taken from scripture are displayed throughout. Lighting concepts were derived from the church’s history, highlighting ornate stained glass windows, salvaging decorative pendants, and increasing light levels throughout. The project also required a lighting solution that could create several unique ‘scenes’ for various forms of worship. Budget constraints, expedited design schedule, and existing conditions created significant challenges for the design team.