St. Paul’s Cathedral

  • St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral

PROJECT SUMMARY

Volpatt Construction was selected to provide CM/GC Services to the historic and nationally registered St. Paul’s Cathedral. The imposing French Gothic church was built in 1900 of limestone and slate in the tradition of the French Gothic churches of the mid 16th and 17th centuries. It had stood as a landmark for over 100 years and needed some serious updating to return it to its former glory. The work on this project was completed between 1:00 PM to 3:00 AM shift, 4 days a week to allow the Church to remain operational and continue daily services. Volpatt Construction was given a mere 5 months to complete the renovation which included anew air conditioning heating systems, updated lighting schemes with intricate dimming controls, modifications to the Nave for the ADA entrance, built an ADA ramp to the Altar, cleaning and repair of the interior limestone, patching and repairing of all plaster surfaces, and constructed an exterior pit for the chiller and sidewalk.

The new 1,600 SF addition to the Cathedral housed two new ADA accessible restrooms on the main level and an elevator for ADA access to both the Nave and the new parish hall in the basement. All of the materials were selected to blend in seamlessly with the existing church. The Stone frames and stained glass windows were salvaged from another congregation and incorporated into the design and enhance the beauty of the addition while providing a safe access into the church.

2008 Building Excellence Award: Renovation Under $10 Million

Director of the Diocese of Pittsburgh
James J. Zielinski
“You managed to keep the original integrity of the architecture by matching materials over one hundred years old and at the same time enhancing the beauty of the structure with updated lighting. The challenges of upgrading the heating system and installing new HVAC, as well as making the Cathedral accessible to the handicapped were completed without losing any of the solemnity that sometimes is sacrificed for such changes. The stonework of the addition is of outstanding quality and is almost indistinct from the original masonry. Your efforts have reawakened of St. Paul’s Cathedral.”
Cell-Flynn Brennan Architects & Planners
Thomas C. Celli
“Volpatt Construction exerted unusual attention to detail and control over workmanship, joinery, stonework, woodwork, stone flooring and other aspects of the project to make sure that the quality of the original building and its architecture were matched in all respects.”

Delivery Method: Construction Manager with a GMP

Project Value: $5.8 Million

Architect: Celli Brennan Architects

Construction Type: Restoration and Addition

Owner: Diocese of Pittsburgh

Category: Religious

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