St. Gregory The Great

Scripps Ranch, CA

Taking advantage of a naturally sloped area in Scripps Ranch, California, this campus for the St. Gregory the Great Catholic Parish was organized around outdoor spaces and views onto the Natural Hillside. Reverencing the Waters of Baptism, a central linear water feature serves as the major site organizational element and identity for the New Parish Center.

Devotional Gardens and pilgrimage paths wind between the various buildings on the site. The buildings, which include the main 900 seat church, the future Daily Mass Chapel, the Social and Catechetical Center, the Youth Center, and the Parish office building, form a village-like setting.

This project was completed for $7.5 million, including construction costs, furnishings, art, and fees. The project received the 2000 Grand Orchid Award for Interior Design, Site Design, and Architecture. Other awards received include the ASCE Structural Steel, ACI Concrete and WIC Woodworking awards. John Buscemi served as the liturgical consultant.