Parish and School of Religion
David B. Meleca designed the final phase of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church Facilities Master Plan. As the centerpiece of the campus, parishioners decided to replace the existing church rather than build an addition. A more classical cruciform layout was also preferred over the existing design. The new church seats 1,200 to 1,400. Construction took just under two years to complete. During construction mass was held in both the existing church and the new Parish Activities Center (which was completed in 2008).
David B. Meleca completed this project prior to joining Moody Nolan as the Director of Classical Design.
The church is designed in the Romanesque tradition with its semicircular arches and thick walls. The interior is rich with detail. In the main church, the blue ceiling represents the heavens including the stars. The walls will include decorative design around the arches and custom designed columns. The dome allows light to enter from above and adds to the symbolism of the space. The wall behind the alter has a large arch which displays a custom painted mural. The design also calls for a partial basement, choir loft and an upper level above the gathering space. The finished basement includes meeting space and restrooms. The area above the gathering space includes an area for children’s liturgy, a large meeting area, storage and additional restrooms. There are also restrooms located on the main level. An elevator will allow access to all levels.