Penza Bailey Architects provided architectural services for a 7,191 SF interior renovation of St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Catholic Church. In a 2-phased process, the design included sanctuary renovation, pew alterations and replacement, cosmetic upgrades to finishes, flooring replacement, electrical and lighting upgrades, acoustic upgrades, and ADA compliance.
In addition to improving the interior aesthetics, the design challenge for this project was to improve the acoustics and lighting with new interior finishes on a very tight budget. The existing carpeting had muffled the sounds, and the dim lighting had made it difficult for parishioners to see well. A new porcelain tile floor greatly improved acoustics. The existing pendant fixtures were replaced and new light fixtures were added. The walls, ceiling and structural elements were painted to accentuate the colors in the stained glass and help focus attention to the altar and the beautiful historic stained glass. The Crucifix was centered and statues relocated to become more important features. Accessibility was improved with a ramp to the altar and accessible doors, and new furnishings completed the successful transformation of the church interior.
For the third phase of the project, PBA designed a new elevator addition to the northwest corner of the church, providing accessibility to all floors.