Project Description

Historic Church Renovation and Expansion

Location: Muskegon, Michigan

New construction area: 8,000 SF
Renovation area:  12,000 SF

The campus of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church of Muskegon is composed of a massive and dynamic concrete sanctuary originally designed by renowned German architect Marcel Breuer, a later addition designed by architects out of New York City, and a vacant brick school building. The parish retained InForm Architecture in the spring of 2012 to complete a Master Plan Study to explore the re-purposing of the adjacent vacant school and replacement of a parish hall. During initial conversations with the church leadership, concerns regarding site and entry also were raised. Various solutions were considered, and later refined into a multi-phase Master Plan that will include the addition of parking, the renovation of the neighboring school into classroom and office space, and an addition that will connect the separate buildings into a cohesive and user-friendly facility.

Construction of Phase 1, a barrier-free parking area within close proximity to the sanctuary, was completed in 2013.   Also completed is Phase 2A, which included demolition of a portion of the vacant school and renovation of another portion into religious education classrooms, women”s guild and church offices.