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St. Dennis Parish | Madison, WI

The goals of St. Dennis Parish’s new Sanctuary and music spaces were to provide a redesigned reredos wall backdrop for the Sanctuary Platform, location of a new tabernacle on the sanctuary platform, redesign of the flanking music area for additional space and more flexibility, reorder of storage and support spaces previously behind the existing reredos wall, renovation of the existing chapel, and relocation of reconciliation to provide greater presence.

GROTH Design Group was also responsible for Liturgical Furnishing Design.

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St. John's Lutheran Church | Wilmette, IL

St. John Lutheran Church desired better provision for gathering and fellowship area within their existing building. The Master Planning for the church identified an under-utilized area as a potential location for a contemporary place for both fellowship and gathering.

The renewal of the space allows flexible fellowship that can accommodate gathering for worship, church dining, light recreation and meeting space.

Two thirds of the gym was retained for flexible fellowship and dining. The remainder of the gym area was converted to storage and restrooms. The stage was transformed into a conference room. A café counter for coffee and light refreshments was created between the dining/gathering area and the existing church kitchen. The renovation of the space transformed the aesthetics, focusing on improvements to lighting and materials suitable for fellowship and appealing to a more contemporary membership.

Upgrades to the mechanical and electrical systems were also made. The project also redesigned the layout of the existing parking lot to improve circulation, outdoor lighting, and upgrades to finishes in the church entry and main stairwell, and improvements to lighting in the existing kitchen.

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Pilgrim Lutheran Church | Menomonee Falls, WI

The first phase of a multi-phase expansion includes a single-story addition to the south end of Pilgrim Lutheran’s school campus. The addition includes a new classroom space, an administrative center (reception area, workroom, offices, conference room, health room, and staff restroom), new restrooms, and the gathering space for a future sanctuary that will be used for fellowship and education space until the sanctuary is constructed in a second phase.

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Carmelite Ministry Home | Wauwatosa, WI

This 25,300 SF ministry home for the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus will have 15 units featuring large, shared dining and living spaces, a prayer room, a 2nd floor reflection patio, and a recreation space for exercising and relaxation. GROTH Design Group will also be assisting with removal of the Boy’s Home Dormitory which is necessary for the new construction.

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St. Leonard Catholic Church | Muskego, WI

The St. Leonard’s Parish project is primarily the addition of a new gathering area with support spaces to enhance fellowship for the parish. Previously, the 1980-vintage existing building only had an entry vestibule and hallway with some undersized offices, and was not conducive to fellowship before and after church services. This project demolished approximately 1,900-square feet of vestibule, toilet rooms, office and canopy, and replaced them with approximately 7,530 square feet of new construction. 

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Holy Apostles Chapel | New Berlin, WI

Holy Apostles Catholic Church in New Berlin has added a 700 square foot perpetual adoration chapel. While adoration may take place in a church, perpetual adoration must take place in a chapel that is not being used for mass. Therefore, the chapel has its own separate, secure entrance from the outside. Involved from concept through construction administration, GROTH Design Group has tied the new 30-person chapel into the architecture of the church, taking cues from the existing form and material to make it integrated, with a warm and welcoming feeling.

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Nativity of Our Lord | Rhinelander, WI

Nativity of Our Lord parish had two worship and school locations. The parish is moving toward one location on the downtown worship site. The first step toward the single campus was a small school renovation project in 2015. The second step is the renewal of the Place of Worship. 

The worship seating is being reduced and rearranged and a balcony is being removed. These allow the creation of a new Gathering space inside the existing structure. Previously, no Gathering area was available for worship attendees. Additionally, a new Adoration Chapel is being created within meeting space alongside the existing Sanctuary. Sacristy and music storage are all being renovated to provide better support for the worship. The reorder of the nave also allows better arrangement of the music ministry, and accessibility to the sanctuary and flexible seating space for ADA compliant seating.

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St. Anne | Pleasant Prairie, WI

St. Anne Catholic Church is a newly formed religious community established in 1997 by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. The facility provides worship space with approximately 1,000 seats, a fellowship hall, meeting rooms, and administrative and support spaces.

The exterior character of the building is appropriate to its physical and cultural context. The interior of the worship space features an antiphonal seating arrangement and abundant natural light. 

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St. John the Baptist | Waunakee, WI

This Master Plan design for St. John the Baptist provides a new 40,000 SF building to house worship, fellowship, offices and meeting programs.  The master plan expands parking on the site from 70 stalls to 254 stalls.

The challenge for site planning was to find room within the urban setting for both expansion of parking and programming.  The design identified key parcels of land for purchase to accommodate the expansion, including preparations with local jurisdictions for the closing of a village street. The new parking and building location needed to respond to the existing day school and church buildings that will remain in use. 

The challenge for the design was to create a building that in plan, massing and ornamentation would be complimentary to the adjacent turn-of-the-century church as well as true to the current needs of liturgy and ministry.

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St. Matthias Episcopal | Minocqua, WI

The project at St. Matthias Episcopal Church included the renovation and remodel of 3,000 SF (most of the existing church), creating new classrooms in the existing parish hall, converting the existing worship space into a new parish hall, demolishing the old kitchen and adding a new kitchen. 

The 6,300 sq. ft. of new construction, includes a new 200 seat worship space, and offices.  The new building features a red granite exterior, paying homage to the fabric and character of the existing structure and surrounding community.

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Prince of Peace | Green Bay, WI

The challenge for this new construction project was to design a building that created a new identity for two parishes becoming one. Set within a traditionally agrarian locale, the architecture for Prince of Peace builds on the blessings of God’s Creation and the journey of God’s faithful within the created world. The open structure steeple and bell tower serve as a beacon to the surrounding area.

The building follows a cross-shaped plan that is articulated in common and
uncomplicated brick with very simple stone and timber  accents.

The project includes worship space with seating for approximately 1,000, gathering space, fellowship hall, offices, kitchen and mechanical basement. Master planning includes a school addition as a future phase.

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Trinity Lutheran Church | Elkhart, IN

The congregation at Trinity Lutheran sought to strengthen ministry programs by combining operations from two sites onto a single campus; adding a new Worship and Parish Ministry facility to the existing suburban school facility.

The development had to be seamless with as little disruption to ongoing operations as possible.  In response, GROTH Design Group developed a phased short and long term approach addressing the immediate need for worship space and parking, and providing for longer term school, youth and early childhood programming. 

The new worship space will be the heart of the overall development, providing for contemporary worship needs, including praise band and future technology systems, while maintaining the more traditional symbols of Lutheran worship within a concept allowing for expansion of the choir program.
 

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St. Stephen Catholic Church | Oak Creek, WI

The challenge for site planning for St. Stephen was to fit extensive interior and exterior program requirements onto a 14 acre site. A portion of the site was not buildable due to the presence of wetlands. The site was also adjacent to a major interstate freeway, further restricting the placement of building components.

The  building design has a contemporary architectural language that keeps with the suburban setting, while still recalling the form, materials, and details of the Parish’s existing historic church. 

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Faith Lutheran Church | Antioch, IL

GROTH Design Group was selected by the Congregation of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church to design a Master Phasing Plan for a new church and educational facility on a large rural site. The master plan needed to include parking for the school as well as the new Worship space. Site design was important to the congregation and needed to be integrated into the rural setting.  Accessibility and drop-off areas were a major concern for the site layout as well.

Phasing the construction of such a large project was also a major concern. The design of Phase I includes a new chapel, gathering space, fellowship hall, and worship space with seating for 550 members. Phase II will include a two track pre-school through 8th grade, a larger fellowship hall which will act as a cafeteria for the school, office space for school and ministry, and classrooms for adult and youth ministry programs. The Phase I design allows for uncomplicated future expansion during Phase II of the Master Plan.

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Midvale Community Lutheran Church | Madison, WI

This project resulted in the complete reorientation and remodeling of the worship space and gathering area at Midvale Community Lutheran Church.  The traditional, long and narrow sanctuary was reconfigured to provide seating in a fan layout creating a far more intimate and family-like arrangement. The renovated gathering space provides a greater sense of welcome and comfort for visitors and members.

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St. Jerome Catholic Church | Oconomowoc, WI

St. Jerome’s Parish plans included expansion into a multi-phase school and worship space.  Growing needs and a changing area made it necessary to reach out into the community and provide a larger and more efficient church and school.

The design of the church and school buildings developed from a study of the site conditions and blends with this rural setting plus the neighboring residential and institutional properties.  A natural wetland at the Southeast portion of the site and an engineered detention pond enhance onsite water retention and quality.  Ball fields for the church and school bring in families from the surrounding communities.

The 850 seat church represents Phase II of the overall master plan for the campus. 

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Resurrection Lutheran Church | Verona, WI

Phase I consisted of a new worship space for 195, gathering area, cry room, offices, meeting room, rest rooms, mechanical room, kitchen and drive-up passenger loading area. The building is placed towards the far and high side of the gently-sloping site, maximizing its visibility from the adjacent highway. Building materials were selected for their affordability and appropriateness to a rural setting.

The Phase II educational addition was undertaken with GROTH Design Group and preschool, music and youth program spaces were accommodated with an expansion.

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