Fuller Group has been performing structural design for churches since our inception and it is an important part of our business. We work closely with our clients who specialize in religious projects to ensure the buildings meet the structural and budgetary needs of the congregation.
Our company has designed hundreds of sanctuaries, chapels, educational buildings and multi-purpose buildings for congregations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. As you can see in our case studies, churches often give the structural engineer a unique opportunity to contribute to the beauty and awe desired in many sanctuaries and chapels by the use of exposed timber beams and arches.
Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
- 15,500-square-foot sanctuary and 17,750 square feet of parish buildings
- Completed in 2004
- Architecture by McMillan Pazdan Smith
The beautiful sanctuary for Lady of Lourdes was one of the earlier churches for which Fuller Group provided structural engineering services back in 2001, and it has remained one of our favorites.
The sanctuary roof was framed with exposed modified hammer beam trusses on fifteen foot centers, reminiscent of English Gothic architecture used in the old cathedrals of Europe. To avoid columns in the seating areas, the wood trusses framed into long span steel trusses clear spanning one hundred feet front to back. A clerestory provides plenty of natural sunlight in the sanctuary.
Todd Prayer Chapel – North Greenville University
- Stone walls and exposed timber roof
- Interior includes waterfalls and pool, “suspended” cross, and rough floors
- Stained glass windows designed by Lou Ellen Beckham-Davis of Greenville
- Architecture by Robert C. Cashion, Architect
- Completed in 2012
Of the 200 or more religious projects Fuller Group has worked on, this small chapel stands out as an example of the impact good architecture can have. Religious sanctuaries and chapels have often used exposed structure to add beauty and a sense of wonderment to their open spaces, and this shows in the beautiful design by Mr. Cashion. The thick stone walls, steep roofs, exposed timbers and stained glass windows come together to define itself as a place of worship. The interior waterfalls, pool, suspended cross and rough floors create a space that promotes relaxation and spiritual reflection. It is a wonderful respite from the activities of campus life for a student to find quietness and a place to reflect and pray. The Chapel was completed in 2012, along with the adjacent 12,000-square-foot Craft/Hemphill Center for Evangelism, Missions and Christian Worldview.