Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral

U.S.A


Non-residential Sears Contract Inc.

The Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral is timeless and traditional. The design of the structure was based on the cruciform layout established by Francesco di Giorgio Martini dating back to the 1400’s. This layout provides a seating capacity for up to two thousand and allows for growth in one of the fastest growing dioceses in the country while still giving a sense of intimacy and closeness to the altar. The design includes elements that are meaningful to the faithful including a centre dome towering a lofty 42.6m above the sanctuary floor. The design is also environmentally conscious; it includes an abundance of natural light, uses locally sourced materials, reuses stained glass windows from Ascension Church in Philadelphia (and other design elements from churches no longer in use). The Cathedral design also incorporates energy efficient lighting, heating, cooling and electrical systems. The utilisation of modern construction materials and building practices allowed the cathedral to be completed in two and a half years and stay within budget while providing a high level of performance and comfort and majestic aesthetic for the parishioners.

Key Achievements

  • The project faced a demanding schedule and was complete in July 2017 in time for the first scheduled mass. Sears Contract, Inc. stayed well under budget and met strict deadlines in completing the most significant project by the Catholic Diocese in a generation.
  • The large quantity of arches varying in style and radii required manipulating the drywall to match the architectural design. While working at great heights, this created a truly unique challenge
  • Sears Contract, Inc.’s safety program on this project exceeded OSHA requirements.
  • LEED basis was also met due to the CertainTeed Type X Gypsum board used throughout the cathedral interior, and the CertainTeed M2Tech Gypsum board used in the bathrooms. Also, the Gypsum board was manufactured only 63 miles from the project site with a high recycled content.

Key Challenges

-The project faced a demanding schedule and needed to be complete by July 2017 in time for the first mass. Sears Contract, Inc. stayed well under budget and met strict deadlines.
-The large quantity of arches varying in style and radii required manipulating the drywall to match the architectural design. While working at great heights, this created a truly unique challenge.

Stakeholders

Building owner: Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, NC
Architect: O'Brien & Keane
Main contractor: Clancy & Theys Construction Co.
Photographer: Joseph Fuller
Saint-Gobain Team: Don Taylor

Contractor

Sears Contract Inc.

A North Carolina commercial drywall company driven to achieve exceptional results for its clients. Specializing in Large and small-scale commercial metal stud construction, gypsum wallboard, or specialty systems installation; including corporate centers, retail malls, educational institutions, churches, data centers, healthcare, hospitality and high-rise office and residential buildings. Sears Contract is a woman-owned family business and a leader in the Carolinas and Virginia for customer satisfaction, safety and uncompromising quality.