FORT MYERS, Fla. (Aug. 27, 2020) – BSSW Architects, a regional leader in religious architectural design, has completed renderings for a new Parish Community Center at St. William Catholic Church in Naples.
The 30,000-square-foot, two-story building will house 12 offices, nine classrooms, a Teen Center, hospitality foyer, catering kitchen, visiting priest accommodations, ministry hall, community room, library, sculpture garden and two-story breezeway entry. The Parish Community Center uses design elements from the main church building, which was completed in 2012, to provide a visual connection and cohesive campus feel to the parish. Design features include energy-efficient elements and a solar panel array as part of the Diocese of Venice’s sustainability initiatives.
“The design challenge of making a modern, efficient Parish Community Center was met in a building that boldly reflects the ecclesiastic education and community outreach functions of St. William, now and well into the future,” said Dan Summers, BSSW’s president and principal architect.
Religious architecture is one of BSSW’s signature services. Designs are created to reflect the strength and personality of the congregation and those who lead it. Recent projects include St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Bonita Springs, North Naples United Methodist Church, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples and Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Naples.
St. William Catholic Church was established in 1973 and moved into a permanent facility on Seagate Drive, adjacent to Waterside Shops, in 1980. That structure was demolished in 2012 and replaced with a larger sanctuary to accommodate the growing congregation. The Parish Community Center will blend seamlessly with the existing complex.
The Parish Community Center is projected to cost $12.4 million. St. William Catholic Church is funding construction through its “Building for Mission” campaign and expects to break ground in the coming months.
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BSSW Architects, Inc. is a full-service architectural firm founded in 1980 with the same principles that guide the business today: dedication to serving the best interest of clients and the community. The Fort Myers, Florida-based company has served as the lead architect on more than 120 major projects across Southwest Florida, including schools, government facilities, public libraries, hotels, resorts and private communities. BSSW Architects employs a complete team of architects, planners, interior designers and support staff to bring projects from the concept stage through completion. For more information, visit BSSWarchitects.com or call 239-278-3838.