Saint Peter Catholic Church

West Brandywine, PA

New Church, Chapel, and Parish Center

KCBA provided architectural services for this new 1,050-seat church along with a new chapel and parish center. The planning and coordination efforts were complex as the new church was to be located on the same site as a new Catholic elementary school that was not directly affiliated with Saint Peter Parish. KCBA coordinated with the architects of the new school to ensure the buildings and overall campus were successful and complementary relative to both circulation and aesthetics. The new church, chapel, and parish center are formed around a courtyard that serves as the heart of the facility. Both the exterior aesthetic and interior environment reflect the local rural character and utilize natural stone and wood building materials. The church interior features a circular arrangement of pews around the altar which is also reflected in the building’s volume. A ring of windows at the upper sanctuary walls form the base for laminated wood members that rise to a smaller upper ring of windows which flood the worship space with natural light. The design represents a contemporary interpretation of traditional vaulted dome church ceilings.