NATIONAL AWARD OF MERIT
Designer: Steve Gollehon (Morrissey Engineering), Jeff Frank (Morrissey Engineering), Kevin Strehle (BCDM), Charlsi Kratina (BCDM), Cliff True (BCDM)
Photographer: Tom Kessler
A new worship facility for St. Gabriel Catholic Church in McKinney, Texas was designed with scale rarely seen in modern churches. With a complex ceiling structure and ceiling heights exceeding 80’, the design team was presented with challenges to meet the desired 20 fc light levels without compromising aesthetics and meeting energy goals. The architectural concept is based on life’s journey, starting with creation, salvation, and the ascension to heaven. Lighting enhances these concepts using a series of coves to draw one’s eye upwards towards the heavens culminating in the central rotunda.