The design goal for the interior of the church is a calm, bright and spiritual space. The final ceiling finish will be crisp white painted wall board activated by delicate painted steel trusses and lit with large, high windows. But before we get to that, all these components had to be designed, fabricated, delivered, erected, attached, sealed, and ultimately…. hidden.
The steel frame was erected in the early spring.
The SIP panel installation followed. First with the wall panels.
Then onto the roof.
With the installation of the panels, the rhythm of the windows and dormers became evident. As did the importance of the light provided by the dormers and the skylight.
All of the seams between the panels were taped to prevent air or water migration between the interior & exterior. And a system of sprinkler pipes was routed around and through the steel structure.
A layer of drywall was added to the underside of the SIP panels to create a non-combustible space above the finished ceiling. And wood blocking was added where needed.
Below the sprinklers, a suspended metal grid system was hung. And all the electrical wiring for the lights in the ceiling was installed.
Just this week, the ceiling board went up and the steel was painted. The space was immediately brighter and calmer.
Again, the light from the dormers and skylight became the most prominent feature of the ceiling. Part of the creation of this spiritual place.
~ Kimberly Barnett, LEED AP