Saint Luke Ministries and Academy, located in Chicago, IL, underwent a remodel and expansion to accommodate its growing congregation. The project began in 2008 and was completed in 2014. The lengthy renovation included a new sanctuary lobby, classrooms, and a parking garage with an enclosed bridge entrance connecting the main building to the parking deck.
In order to maximize Saint Luke’s fellowship space, the lobby was extended to the public sidewalk, the lobby ceiling was sloped up and the roof was extended to hang over the property line. The roof overhang extension was approved by the City of Chicago because it met the requirement of being 12 feet or higher above the sidewalk. This extension and the addition of taller windows gave the space a much larger feeling and a more dramatic look to the front of the building.
The renovations to Saint Luke’s Academy included a two-story bridge that connects the two new classrooms, a 1,650 s.f. multi-purpose classroom on the 2nd floor and a 976 s.f. fitness room on the 3rd floor to the gymnasium, parking garage and the Greenview Place assisted living facility, which also was designed by Worn Jerabek Wiltse Architects, P.C. The bridge also provides a handicapped accessible route from the parking garage to the 2nd and 3rd floors of the school, and the school children access to the parking garages roof top playground. The roof top playground allows for an intergenerational connection between the school children and the seniors from the assisted living facility.
The roof addition to the sanctuary and the academy serves as an educational purpose as well as a functional purpose. The green roof will help control the flow of rainwater run off and reduce heat gain.