St. Charles Borromeo is a Catholic Parish and School located in Kansas City Missouri. The first St. Charles facility was built in 1949 and since then the parish/school has continued to grow.
As the parish and school community has continued to grow, St. Charles had a need to expand. The parish wanted to move their administrative offices, add an elevator, and build a community gathering space.
Straub Construction was selected to assist in the design and construct these spaces. Straub worked collaboratively with the St. Charles building committee Bill Browning and Jeff Hall of H2B Architects to create spaces that best fit the needs of the parish and school. Ernie Straub IV and Logan Stark lead this project as the project manager and superintendent.
The narthex and community gathering space is a well-lit 1,265 SQFT open area which is connected to the entrance to the church. This space is vital to the church’s mission to “share our gifts as we minister through worship, faith, formation, education, and service”. The day that I was there, the space was filled with life and excitement, as the students assembled and decorated all their class donations for a local food drive.
This beautiful open space allows for the parish and school to gather as a community and share their lives together. It includes a large walk out patio area that can also be used for outdoor events when the weather is nice.
In addition to the gathering space, an elevator was added to the existing church building. The church and school host many events in the basement of the church. This new elevator was extremely important because it allows for the elderly and handicap of the St. Charles community to participate in these events.
The parish office space is a 1,900 SQFT addition that houses six administrative offices, conferences rooms, and kitchen/lounge space. The school administrators were very excited to move from their over 60-year-old building to their bran new building.
These state-of-the-art additions are facilities that the St. Charles Borromeo Parish family can be proud of. We hope that these new spaces will help to further the extremely important St. Charles mission.