GraceHebert Guides St. Jude into the Second Phase of the Master Plan

St. Jude of the Apostle Catholic Church in Baton Rouge to break ground and move forward on the second segment of it's four-phase master plan.

After the successful renovation and expansion of their church building, GraceHebert is entering into next phases of improving the St. Jude campus. Improvements include a ministry building that is four times larger than the one demolished, as well as a new ministry hall and chapel.

St. Jude to break ground next month on new $5.5 million ministry building

Baton Rouge Business Report

May 21, 2014

By Rachel Alexander

With the demolition of its former ministry building complete, St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church has embarked on the second segment of its four-phase master plan, which it began implementing in 2012. "Essentially we're rebuilding the entire church campus because all the church buildings were segregated before," says David Hebert of GraceHebert Architects, which is handling the design for the campus, located at the corner of Highland Road and Gardere Lane.

The first phase—which included a $4.2 million renovation and expansion of the church building to increase seating by 200 seats—was completed last summer. Ground will be broken on the new ministry building next month. The new two-story ministry building will be 16,000 square feet—almost four times the size of the old building—and will cost $5.5 million to build, says Hebert. While the old building had only four conference rooms, the new one will have seven, as well as 14 offices for church office personnel and a children's liturgy area. It should be finished by fall 2015, Hebert estimates.

Phases 3 and 4 will include the construction of a new ministry hall and chapel. Details regarding time and cost for the latter two projects have yet to be determined, as they depend on additional fundraising by the church parish, Hebert says. He estimates it will be another two to three years before the second half of the master plan begins. As Daily Report reported late last year, GraceHebert has also designed the plans for St. George Catholic Church's new church, chapel and early learning center.

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