Prince of Peace Catholic Church
Precast Specialty Engineer:
Structural Precast Elements:
69 pieces of 8-in. U-shaped column cover
1 piece of 18 x 36-in rectangular beam
28 pieces of 8-in. insulated wall panel
16 pieces of 6-in. solid flat panel
Architectural Precast Elements:
A major issue facing designers is the challenge of balancing modern sensibilities with old world tradition. Such was the case for the Prince of Peace Church in Taylors, South Carolina.
Approval of a design for a new, larger church was based on meeting the need of the Prince of Peace faith community for a structure built on achieving the look of a millennia-old tradition in a way that spoke to a new generation.
The core of the building consists of load-bearing, precast concrete panels that also serve as the primary interior finish. Designers originally considered cast-in-place concrete but rejected it because of concerns about quality and sequencing. A steel frame also was rejected in favor of the total-precast design.
The precast concrete panels’ detailing and surface treatment satisfied aesthetic concerns, while using the structural panels as the building’s primary finish lent integrity to the concept. The materials were sandblasted and the exposed surfaces act as a reflective foil complementing the brick, stained-wood, painted-metal and wallboard surfaces, blending well with slate and salt-finished concrete floors.
To meet both structural and architectural objectives, exposed concrete elements consist of two pieces, joined back to back. They are stacked and connected to elements above and below with steel pins. Structural tolerances were applied to architectural shapes. Formed surfaces served as final finishes.
Over 250 precast concrete components were produced for the project, which include precast concrete panels, beams, and arched spandrels. Precast concrete wall panels provide both load-bearing structural capabilities and the desired architectural finish for this house of worship.
Meeting the owner’s goals of merging contemporary needs of worship and a sense of tradition required a creative and collaborated effort between all project team members.
The 25,000 sq. ft. building has a 1200 seat-church, 60-seat chapel and ancillary support function spaces (bridal room, baptisery, narthex [entrance portico] and sacristy.