St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
Indianola, Iowa

Challenge: St. Thomas Aquinas had previously constructed a parish hall and education center and decided to relocate the rest of the parish facilities to that site. They wanted the new worship venue to inspire a sense of awe but also create a welcoming environment.

SVPA Solution: The facility includes a 550-seat worship space, gathering space and support spaces. The use of wood ceilings and abundant natural light through the clerestory windows as well as perimeter windows creates a very inviting space. The stone used on the interior and exterior was intended to pay tribute to the existing church, which was mostly stone. Specialty lighting was used to wash the stone wall to bring emphasis to it, as well as directional spot lighting on the crucifix. Stained glass used behind the crucifix area and was specifically chosen to maximize light without being distracting during worship time. The Baptismal fountain made of granite and glass stone greets people as they enter the space. The flooring around the fountain made of granite allowed for symbolic text to be carved into it.

Completion Date: August 2012

Type of Delivery: Negotiated Contract

Project Team:

  • Steven Gray, AIA
  • Bob Ormsby, AIA, LEED AP
  • Sara Herman, IIDA. LEED AP
  • KJWW Engineering Consultants
  • Snyder & Associates
  • Downing Construction

Became an SVPA Client in: 1996

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