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In today’s bulletin, Father Hilton writes:

The Open House Tours of our Church will be after all of the Masses next weekend, Nov. 7-8, Come and see all that your generosity has achieved!

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The summer 2009 issue of ArchitectColorado includes two features on projects at Holy Trinity. ArchitectColorado is the professional journal of the Colorado Component of the American Institute of Architects. Our architect, Adam Hermanson is a member of the AIA. This issue has a focus on religious architecture. Holy Trinity and Integration Design Group are featured in two articles.


The second article is in the On The Boards section, by author Mary Lou Jay.  Jay highlights four current design projects. Two projects are Catholic churches (us and Holy Name in Steamboat Springs) and two projects are in Westminster (us and Westminster Church of the Nazarene.) The other project is the Boulder Jewish Commons, a future campus development on the east side of Boulder. With our completion date of 2010, the Holy Trinity project is farthest along.

Here is the part of the article referencing the new Holy Trinity remodeling project:


Excerpt: ArchitectColorado, Volume 5, Issue 1, p 45:


Holy Trinity Church
OntheBoards
INTEGRATION DESIGN GROUP,
Architect: Adam Hermanson, AIA
Location: Westminster, Colorado
Client: Holy Trinity Catholic Church/ Archdiocese of Denver
Construction Cost: $2 million
Scope
: 2,000-square-foot narthex addition, new bell tower, entry plaza, addition of clerestory roof and windows and complete interior renovation.
Purpose: Accommodate needs of growing church
Completion: April 2010
As the community of Holy Trinity Catholic Church approaches its 50-year jubilee, it is preparing to expand the church to accommodate a growth in parishioner families. In 1959, when parish members built the current church building, they intended to use it as the church only until a new one could be built. The original building would then become the school gymnasium. The separate church was never built, so for 50 years the parish has continued to use the original building as its worship space.

To raise the stature and nobility of the church, the parish is moving forward with an addition and complete renovation of the building. Integration Design Group has worked with the parish to develop the design over the past several months. The project will include a new prominent entrance into a larger narthex at the west front of the church, surmounted by a cross to be salvaged from the existing steeple; a new choir loft; a new area of raised roof with clerestory windows; a completely remodeled sanctuary; and new liturgical elements and furnishings throughout. The community hopes to include a new bell tower in the project as well. The addition and renovation will encourage a greater sense of the sacred, both on the exterior and interior of the church.

Integration Design Group is providing design services for not only the architectural aspects, but also the complete interior design and finish package; the artwork and furniture design and procurement; and the design of the liturgical elements, including altars, tabernacle canopy, ambo, baptismal font, baldachino and altar rail.


Architect Adam Hermanson is a member of the AIA. The Colorado Component of the American Institute of Architects can be found at www.aiacolorado.org. Click the link for the order form to order your copy of ArchitectColorado.

An excerpt from the first article from ArchitectColorado on “A Shared Vision of the Sacred” by Chryss Cada can be found here: ArchitectColorado 1: Holy Trinity’s Adoration Chapel.

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The summer 2009 issue of ArchitectColorado includes two features on projects at Holy Trinity. ArchitectColorado is the professional journal of the Colorado Component of the American Institute of Architects. This issue has a focus on religious architecture. Holy Trinity and Integration Design Group are featured in two articles.

The first article is “A Shared Vision of the Sacred” by Chryss Cada. Cada covers three religious projects that involved many different decision makers. Cada starts with this quote:

Any architect who has worked with more than one owner on a project knows how difficult it can be to form a shared vision, so imagine the task when there are several hundred opinions to take into account.

Here is the part of the article referencing Holy Trinity’s Chapel:


Excerpt: Architect Colorado, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 14 – 16:

A Shared Vision
of the Sacred

HOLY TRINITY
ADORATION CHAPEL
Knowledge of a faith’s religious practices is often a major consideration in selection of an architect for a house of worship.Father John Hilton was specifically looking for a “great Catholic architect” for the remodel of the Holy Trinity Adoration Chapel at his Westminster, Colo., church.

“Asking someone who doesn’t go to Mass, who doesn’t worship at a Catholic Church, to design a Catholic chapel would be like asking a Christian to design a mosque,” he said. “The architect needs to be familiar with what the building he designs is going to be used for.”

The contract for the $200,000 remodel of the 1,000-square-foot chapel was awarded to Henderson, Colo.-based  Integration Design Group, PC. This was the firm’s first religious architecture venture.

“It is our hope that religious architecture will remain the central focus of our firm in the years ahead,” said Adam Hermanson, AIA, principal at Integration Design Group. “These buildings carry great significance for those who come to worship within them, and the design of sacred architecture is one way in which we serve both God and God’s people.

Hermanson, the project architect, had worked on several other churches during his design career prior to founding Integration Design Group in 2006.

“A lot of people see only the challenges of religious architecture because the opportunities aren’t as apparent,” Hermanson said. “But growth well done can enhance the spiritual life of a congregation. What we’re actually doing when we work on a church is to help build up the community.”

Hermanson said attendance and membership often increase in a new or remodeled building. That has been the case at the renovated Adoration Chapel at Holy Trinity. Built in the 1960s as part of a convent, the chapel was very simple.

Holy Trinity Catholic Church first approached the firm to design a new altar for the exposition and adoration of the Eucharist. The project developed from an altar design into a complete renovation of the chapel.Design elements include a new carved limestone and travertine altar, red onyx niches and a wood and stone altar rail. The finishes were selected to complement two icons in the chapel written by a parishioner trained in the authentic egg tempera method.

“I gave them very general ideas, such as wanting it to be noble, prayerful and exemplify a rich dignified beauty, and he took it from there,” Hilton said. “I was brought in at every stage of the project for back-and-forth discussions.”

Integration Design Group is now the architect for the $2.5 million renovation of Holy Trinity’s main church. A town hall approach is being used to incorporate parishioners’ opinions into the renovation.

“The town hall meetings are very enjoyable because you can feel the excitement in the community as they work together to articulate their vision for their church,” Hermanson said. “There’s no other space besides a family’s home that brings with it such a powerful sense of ownership.”

Architect: INTEGRATION DESIGN GROUP, PC – Adam Hermanson, AIA
Location: Westminster, Colorado
Construction Cost: $190,000.00
Scope: Project included a complete interior renovation including: tile flooring; lighting; finishes; stone altar; stone and wood altar rail; new HVAC system; and new accessible restroom. Exterior modifications included: new roof; accessibility improvements, entrance door and window replacements.
Completion: May 2008

Owner: Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Contractor: RN Fenton Company
Electrical Engineer: Architectural Engineering Design Group, Inc.
Mechanical Engineer: Integrated Mechanical Systems, Inc.

Other Notable Projects by INTEGRATION DESIGN GROUP, PC:

  • Holy Trinity Catholic Church – Addition & Renovation (current) Westminster, Colo.
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church – Liturgical Elements Design (complete) Northglenn, Colo.
  • Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church – New Church (current) (local consulting architect) Windsor, Colo.
  • Fellowship of Catholic University Students – Office Chapel (complete) Northglenn, Colo.

Other buildings featured in this article include the Aish Ahavas Synagogue in Greenwood Village, Colorado, and the Buckley Air Force Base Chapel Center.

The Colorado Component of the American Institute of Architects can be found at www.aiacolorado.org.  Click the link for the order form to order your copy of ArchitectColorado.

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The Holy Trinity maintenance staff have done a great job preparing a temporary home that is both functional and reverent.  Here is a quick look at our new church in the gym:

Up the main aisle:

Gym-church-1

The altar and the ambo:

Gym-church-2

A close-up of the altars of sacrifice and repose:

Gym-church-3

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Starting_signThe asbestos abatement has started. At long last, our project is underway!

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Sanctuary

In the bulletin, Father Hilton writes:

This weekend, May 30-31, is the last weekend that we will celebrate the Holy Mass in the church as it is now. During all next week, our hard-working maintenance crew will be busy transforming the Fr. Puhl Center into our temporary church, while renovations take place.  Our new location is going to work very well and will be very appropriate for the Holy Mass.  Another  bright spot: with Summer coming up, we will have beautiful air conditioning during Mass!

Our parking habits will have to undergo some changes for the next nine months: all of our parking will be available, however the south-west parking lot will be the farthest from the Fr. Puhl Center and will require you to walk around the outside of the building.  The parking lots on the east side will fill up first, so we encourage you to also use the very conveniently located city-owned parking lot that is on the north side of 76th.

How long will it take for the renovation?  For the next nine months, our architects and contractors will labor, and then deliver a beautiful church to us.  Just as the woman in labor of the Gospel, we will forget the minor discomforts we will endure in the meantime, in the happiness of enjoying the completed project.  Once again, I thank all of you who so generously contribute to our campaign.

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In the bulletin, Father Hilton writes:

These last few weeks, we have been busy with the last-minute details before we begin the renovation of our church.  As I looked at the final designs, I imagined the joy that all of you will experience when you see how beautiful our beloved church will be, and I once again was reminded that everything worthwhile in this world is the fruit of generosity.

For instance, holy and inspiring marriages are the fruit of two spouses who selflessly give of themselves to each other and to their children.  The earliest hospitals and universities came into existence because people with a vision gave without asking for anything in return.  The gift of our Faith has come down to us from countless Catholics who sacrificed everything, even their lives, to spread the Gospel, from the Apostles, the many saints and martyrs that followed them, and the sacrificial example of our families.

Everything worthwhile is the result of someone’s generosity, and the renovation of our church is no exception.  The final Mass in the church before we turn it over to the contractors is the last weekend in May, then we will move into our Fr. Puhl Center.  When we return to the church nine and a half months later, our little corner of the Catholic Church will be more beautiful, more prayerful, more inspiring because so many gave so much, and often gave until it hurt.  Thank you!  You will not be disappointed.

Some of you have asked if we’ll have to sit on folding chairs for nine months.  No.  We are using our existing pews in the Fr. Puhl Center and we will make everything as prayerful and “church-y” as possible.   By the way, while we don’t want to count our chickens before they are hatched, I am almost sure that we will be able to have our bell tower!  We will have final word from the City by June 8th, but in the meantime, everything is looking very hopeful.  Thank you to everyone who is praying for this project.

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