Modular Building Institute

St. Sharbel Mission Chapel

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Main Category:
Modular Building Design
Pac-Van, Inc.
Pac-Van, Inc.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Building Use:
Gross Size of Project:
2520 Square Feet
Days to complete:

Award Criteria

  1. Architectural Excellence
    Three 14'x60' modules form a 42'x60' space for St. Sharbel Mission. Renovated for use as a chapel for a Maronite Catholic church, this unique building is placed next to existing modular classrooms and is situated close to an on-site, stick built building. A meditation garden separates the structures. The exterior features EIFS, faux stone, and crown molding. A bell tower is placed on the building over a mosaic of Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper that came from the Holy Land. All entry doors were hand crafted by a metal design firm and are powder coated with an antique finish. The interior features stone meditation rooms and altar, faux stone flooring, TT&P walls with faux finish, and cedar lined ceilings. The HVAC ducting is surface mounted which raises the ceiling line throughout the sanctuary. The altar is raised and individual, upholstered sanctuary chairs with kneelers allow for seating. Windows and doors coordinate with arched tops and tie into the rustic, "Old World" theme.
  2. Technical Innovation & Sustainability
    The building features stone applications throughout to achieve an "Old World" look. The, meditation rooms, altar, and floors are all stone which is heavy. Based on engineering studies, the foundation was enhanced to bear heavy loads. The bell tower weight was distributed over a large area of the roof and spans two ridge beams. The bell itself was brought from Lebanon and was modified for use on this chapel. Mosaics from the Holy Land embellish the double entry door on the interior and exterior. Wrought iron lighting is placed alternately throughout the length of the building area.
  3. Cost Effectiveness
    By foregoing traditional stick built construction and by utilizing modular construction, the church saved approximately $1 Million. While this modular is a permanent building, it would be very simple to relocate due to the lightweight EIFS. This building was set above ground and the skirting has a stucco finish that matches the exterior walls. HVAC units remain wall mounted, which saved the expense of having to replace with split systems. All original finishes, insulation values, and wood framing require very little maintenance and enhance the building's efficiency. The stone that was used in this project was imported from Europe and was donated to the church. Cedar siding that was treated for fire suppression lines the ceilings. By reconfiguring the modules, and by using existing metal ducting, faux finishing, donated stone and inexpensive cedar siding, costs were kept down.
  4. Project History
    Originally this building was used as retail space on the Las Vegas Strip. To make way for casino projects, this building was removed. The building was then sold to St. Sharbel. Permitting and engineering approval from state authorities was a large part of the process. Once approved, renovation began. With the anticipation of heavier loads from the stone finish, support of the building was enhanced. The bell tower was framed in steel, sided with HardiPanel® and embellished with stone. The electrical system had to be rewired for this specific application. A suspended ceiling was removed, raising the interior height, and a cedar finish was added. Donated stone embellishments for the walls, altar and floors were incorporated, and hand crafted metal doors and matching windows were installed. The building was completely customized to meet the needs of the church, leaving no remnants of the store front building it once was.
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