Transfiguration of the Lord Church & Rectory Renovation

The church is a newly renovated place of worship in a 1960s modern era church born from the consolidation of three unique Catholic parishes following Hurricane Katrina in the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans.

The existing church, a 23,000 square foot facility, was originally designed to hold in excess of 1000 occupants but over time, the congregation for which it was originally built had declined. When it was determined to combine with two other parishes, this facility was ideal. It had sustained minor flooding and storm related damage and the sanctuary was large enough to accommodate the new parishioners. But even with the consolidation the interior spaces still felt vacuous and cold. The need to create a sanctuary that respects the unique religious heritage and liturgical rites of each parish while providing a level of heightened intimacy become primary drivers of the design process.

Renovating the interior provided a means to unite the congregation and establish a sense of ownership in their new church. Worship is unique to everyone and the renovations to the narthex, reconciliation room, nave, sanctuary, sacristies, and parish offices reflect that sensitivity derived from the community-based “Take Part” workshops that were facilitated by the design team during the 2-month pre-design phase of the project. Further, and perhaps most importantly, the newly renovated spaces provide a fresh identity for the combined congregation.

Performance Metrics

  • 80 kBtu/sf-yr (before intervention)  Measured during occupancy 
  • 46 kBtu/sf-yr  Measured EUI typical of this building type & size 
  • -73%  Measured vs typical of this building type & size

Post Occupancy Case Study

Location: New Orleans, LA Map This Location
Size: 23,000 square feet
Year of Completion: 2011
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