KCBA Hired to Design Church Expansion

KCBA Architects is pleased to announce a commission to plan and design a major expansion of St. Joseph’s Church in Sea Isle City, New Jersey.

A vibrant parish serving both the year-round and seasonal shore communities, KCBA was first hired in 2007 to study their existing facilities and explore opportunities to accommodate their growing congregation. The original 200-seat sanctuary, a cherished structure that has served the Sea Isle City Catholic community since the mid-19th century, presents a spatial challenge in hosting large summer masses and lacks modern facility elements such as air conditioning and handicapped access. The primary objective of the study was to explore options that enabled the facility to meet the church’s changing needs while preserving its existing aesthetic and context.

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After collaborating with the church on a number of prospective solutions, the design scheme that was ultimately developed for implementation is the conversion of the existing 200-seat sanctuary into a daily mass chapel and construction of a new 1,000-seat sanctuary linked via support spaces to the original structure. In addition to meeting their needs and providing modern amenities, a primary goal of the design is to complement and maintain the prominence of the original structure. This will be accomplished through similar building positioning, massing, and scale as well as analogous architectural features and building materials.

KCBA looks forward to continuing our relationship with St. Joseph’s Church to meet their facility needs while celebrating their history.