Press Releases

May 2008

Holy Family Catholic Church, Fond du Lac, Wis.

When the new Holy Family Catholic Church consolidated 1,600 families from six parishes, they wanted a new church that would be around for generations to come.

"The new church was designed to be a church for 100 plus years," said Paul Smedburg, general contractor with C.D. Smith Construction Co., Fond du Lac. "Hence, the selection of a metal roof and natural stone products."

Approximately 50,000 square feet (4,645 m2) of PAC-CLAD steel finished panels and flat stock in Champagne Metallic were used for the 78,000-square-foot (7,246-m2) facility that includes a "cathedral-like" worship space in addition to a 250-seat chapel, fellowship hall, administrative offices and an education wing.

"We wanted to create an uplifting worship space that symbolized the coming together of the parishes," said project designer John Holz of Plunkett Raysich Architects, Milwaukee. "Six large beamed arches represent the congregations and provide structural support."

Locally mined native stone was also used to provide a heavy, earthbound base.

"The strong stone material at the base provides a firm anchor for the church," according to Holz. "The design transitions upward to lighter materials - glass and metal - to represent the ascending spirituality. The Champagne Metallic was a great complement to the natural stone, which has lots of warm tones. The metal finish offers an ever-changing appearance going between warm and cool and neutral."

Durability was a key reason for using a metal standing-seam roof.

"Since the church is intended to stand for more than 100 years, durability was important," Holz said. "Metal stands the test of time. It’s also environmentally friendly and easily insulated for good economy."

The panels included three profiles that were installed both horizontally and vertically and in varying planes to create a hierarchy on the roof. Most of the panels used were 40 feet (12 m) with an 8:12 pitch.

"The levels create a hierarchy on the roof to provide an expression on the exterior that looks elegant," according to Holz. "The Champagne Metallic provides different readings as the material gets closer to the ground. From the roof to the horizontal and vertical wall panels, there is a rich tapestry of materials emerging from the stone base. The profiles provide depth and articulation and the various planes interrupt the flat look."

"There were lots of high, hard-to-get-at areas that made parts of the installation a little hairy, but it was generally pretty much a straight run with limited penetrations," said Sam Blanck, senior project manager for Muza Sheet Metal, Oshkosh, Wis., the fabricator and installer. "All of the details worked well and tied together nicely."

General contractor: C.D. Smith Construction Co., Fond du Lac

Metal fabricator/installer: Muza Sheet Metal, Oshkosh, Wis.

Architect: Plunkett Rayish Architects, Milwaukee

Metal panels: Petersen Aluminum Corp., Elk Grove Village, Ill.