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St. Clare Catholic Church

2010 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award - Spiritual Division

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The new St. Clare Catholic Church in O’Fallon, Ill., was created to provide a feeling of “timelessness” through a connection to Assisi, Italy and St. Clare’s history, all while providing a contemporary building and achieving design performance standards. This facility is the first in a multi-phase master plan, so its form, proportions, materials, patterns, textures and design elements will set the tone for all future parish facilities.

The church creates a strong visual impact using a combination of rock-faced and smooth CMU veneers, precast concrete arches and lintels, aluminum windows, and heavy-laminated, terra-cotta-colored asphalt shingles. The building also features a large entry portal, designed to accommodate large liturgical processions, and 13-foot-tall, unique mahogany doors.

Masonry and precast concrete details carry into the church interior, which is filled with natural light from clerestory windows that highlight the space”s exposed glulam structure and decking. The polished concrete floor of the church complements the stained wood pews and stone tile details in the sanctuary. The high central ceiling above the Sanctuary is painted blue as a reflection of historical Catholic churches in Europe, with dimmable custom pendant lighting that was designed to up-light the structure and blue ceiling while giving the sense of individually lit candles.

The design team was able to create a column-free structural system that allows for favorable sightlines from any pew, superior acoustical design for music and the spoken word, as well as a “tomb”-shaped Baptistery that can accommodate full-immersion baptisms. This religious facility provides classical reverent space, while showcasing an innovative application of the Tilt-Up method. At the north end of the building, the use of 10-foot wide panels, which were stitched together and field cut to create a 16-foot wide opening, replaced the originally called for 20-foot wide panels.

The overall look was still achieved, but with less equipment constraints. By substituting steel braced frames with concrete Tilt-Up walls, the contractor was able to save money and eliminate the need for 70-foot scaffolding during construction. Despite structural and architectural challenges, this project delivered for the needs of the client as well as the community.

Project Specifics

Project Wall Area
26,302 sq ft
(2,443 sq m)
Project Floor Area
28,678 sq ft
(2,664 sq m)
Project Footprint
28,678 sq ft
(2,664 sq m)
Tallest Panel
65 ft 0 in
(19.81 m)
Widest Panel
42 ft 8 in
(13.00 m)
Largest Panel
900 sq ft
(83.6 sq m)
Heaviest Panel
150,000 lbs
(68,039 kg)
Longest Spandrel Panel
19 ft 11 in
(6.08 m)

Participating TCA Members

The Korte Company
General contractor, Tilt-Up contractor
LJB Inc.Sustaining Member icon
Project engineer
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Lifting hardware
HD Supply Construction & Industrial White Cap
Tilt-Up accessories

About the TCA

Founded in 1986, the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) strives to improve the quality and acceptance of site-cast Tilt-Up construction, a method in which concrete wall panels are cast on-site and tilted into place. Tilt-Up construction is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, combining the advantages of reasonable cost with low maintenance, durability, speed of construction and minimal capital investment. At least 10,000 buildings, enclosing more than 650 million square feet, are constructed each year using this construction method.

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