St. Marks Coptic Church

The expansion of St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church in Chicago features exceptional design quality for a new sanctuary with a capacity of 550, community space and designated space for Sunday School, freeing up the existing gymnasium. Construction faced challenges of record-breaking temperatures of minus 6 degrees Fahrenheit and 18 inches of snow, which created hazardous conditions for the crew. With the aid of propane torches and RV antifreeze, tilt-up concrete construction was the most effective solution for the job. The 70-foot-tall tower was executed through a two-segment tilt-up structure with a horizontal panel serving as a loadbearing support for the top panel. To emulate the existing church built in 1983, the exterior is clad in brick and stone.  
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Project Location

Burr Ridge, IL 60527
United States

Project Images

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Project Team

General Contractor:
 
Concrete Contractor:
Concrete Strategies, Inc.
Architect:
 
Engineer:
 
Suppliers:
 
Photographer(s):
Matthew McFarland

Project Specifics

Project Category:
Worship
Building Types:
Church
Gymnasium
Finishes:
Brick (Full)
Stone
Features:
Curved Panels (Elevation-Edge)
Curved Panels (Plan-Face)
Insulation:
Post Applied (Exterior)
Environmental:
Number of Floors:
3
Number of Panels:
55 panels
Tilt-Up Wall Area:
32,000 sq ft (2,973 sq m)
Total Floor Area:
30,000 sq ft (2,787 sq m)
Project Footprint:
20,000 sq ft (1,858 sq m)
Tallest Panel:
68 ft 0 in (20.73 m)
Widest Panel:
30 ft 0 in (9.14 m)
Largest Panel:
2,000 sq ft (185.8 sq m)
Heaviest Panel:
150,000 lbs (68,039 kg)