Saint Joseph Parish Church

Location: Downingtown, PA
Architect: Casaccio Yu Architects

O’Donnell & Naccarato provided structural engineering services for Saint Joseph Parish's 25,000 SF, 1,200-seat replacement church. The complex, steel-framed structure includes an 88-foot tall entry bell tower, a cantilevered loft mezzanine, a chapel and an illuminating cupola located directly above the altar, which draws in natural light. Continuous bent steel beams and cantilevering roof members allow for a simplistic layout without the obstruction of columns to create a large, airy interior space. Stained-glass windows rescued from closed Philadelphia churches were incorporated into the design.