A Sacred Space for Jesuit High School

By Michael Hillman

Swinerton has begun construction of the new Chapel of the North American Martyrs at Jesuit High School in Carmichael, California. In 2008, Swinerton Builders Sacramento (then HMH Builders) was awarded the chapel project and began preconstruction and budgeting. The project was then delayed while the owner worked through land-use and permitting requirements with county agencies. The project regained traction in early 2013. Swinerton finally broke ground in the fall of 2013 and will complete construction of the chapel this fall. The project is targeting LEED Silver certification.

The chapel will be located adjacent to the existing high school campus on a six-acre parcel that was purchased by the school specifically for a new chapel building. The 10,500-square-foot chapel will have a steel-braced frame structure with an exterior skin of glass curtain wall, plaster-on-stud framing, and a cement panel “rain screen” system. Utilities will connect to the existing campus utility plant. Exterior and site improvements will include a large plaza concourse with a reflecting pool, drought-resistant landscaping, and surface parking for more than 100 cars. The project will also include a new signalized driveway entrance off a busy county thoroughfare.

Best of luck to the project team as they get underway: Superintendent Roberto Marquez, Project Manager Mike Hillman, Project Engineer Ken Moitoza, and Intern Project Engineer Nick Staykow.