LaBella Associates was honored with the Educational Award of Excellence from the Upstate New York chapter of NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association) for our work on The Hermance Family Chapel of St. Basil the Great on the St. John Fisher campus. Barbara Burke represented LaBella at the awards ceremony held on Tuesday, November 28th in Buffalo, NY.
The Hermance Family Chapel of St. Basil the Great is the realization of the campus vision to provide a chapel that exemplifies the cornerstone of the St. John Fisher mission. The 8,000 sf project provides a flexible worship and gathering space while blending with the campus vernacular and iconic context. The interior is open and bright; arching glulam beams soar above the nave, bordered by 12 stained glass windows that filter light through an abstract kaleidoscope of colors.
LaBella coordinated with skilled artisans who crafted custom stained glass windows and wood sanctuary furnishings to ensure that a consistent motif was echoed throughout. The architecture and interior design team created blends of red and gold tile that radiate from two mosaic niches flanking the nave, drawing attention to the Tabernacle and Book of the Gospels. Flexible seating allows the space to be reconfigured for various uses, with a maximum capacity of 250 people. The program contains all of the elements of a traditional Catholic church, including a sacristy, reconciliation room, and a vestry that can also double as a bridal suite. A baptismal font was designed to symbolize one’s religious journey and rebirth, containing a metal spillway that will change in appearance over time. Visible from Fairport Road, the Chapel is crowned by a steeple that pays homage to the bell tower of neighboring Kearney Hall and showcases the crest of the Basilian Fathers.
Congratulations to the entire design team on a job well done!