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Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church Parish Life Center Expansion


Location: Broussard, LA

Size: 6,650 sq. ft.

This church parish has grown by leaps and bounds over the years, from its beginning as a country outpost church to a thriving parish with thousands of families. The growing parish first expanded its facilities in 2006 with the addition of new parish administrative spaces, a narthex for the church, and a parish life center capable of hosting larger gatherings.
Programmatic elements of this 2012 addition include meeting rooms of medium and small sizes to provide the Parish Life Center with areas capable of hosting groups of various sizes in appropriately sized spaces. A kitchen was also relocated in the facility in order to allow all of the new and existing spaces to have equal use of this facility. On the second floor, a new conference room has been designed to hold Parish Council meetings. Furthermore, there are storage areas that can be transformed, if necessary, into additional office spaces for the parish.
The most important aspect of the building expansion program is the addition of a Eucharistic Adoration Chapel, designed as a space that allows one to meditate and pray in peace and in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. The chapel space gives the church parish a place for 24 hour adoration for many years to come.
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