St. Thomas More – Parish Office Remodel & New Education Building




Catholic Diocese of Phoenix




Glendale, Arizona


8,608 square feet

Project description

This new two-story expansion to the existing parish office building provides additional adult education classrooms and offices on the first floor with an interior corridor connection to the original interior.  The architecture reflects the existing adjacent parish building to provide a harmonious and compatible design, and features similar colors, volume and materials.

High glass storefront windows are provided along the southwest corner to enhance the building entry. The main public entry provides access to the building lobby with connections beyond to the classrooms, with stairs and and elevator that provide access to the second floor with additional classroom and smaller meeting spaces. An exterior insulating finishing system with a smooth finish with an exposed split-face masonry block wainscot are provided at exterior walls to match existing.

The facility provides a functional and enhanced experience for the parish and is compatible with the existing parish office design. No exterior design changes occur at the existing parish building, only minor interior improvements, with the overall site character remaining “as-is” with no new parking required. Landscaping received only minor improvements around the building addition to enhance project identity and visual interest.