The expansion of St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church in Chicago features exceptional design quality for a new sanctuary with a capacity of 550, community space and designated space for Sunday School, freeing up the existing gymnasium. Construction faced challenges of record-breaking temperatures of minus 6 degrees Fahrenheit and 18 inches of snow, which created hazardous conditions for the crew. With the aid of propane torches and RV antifreeze, tilt-up concrete construction was the most effective solution for the job. The 70-foot-tall tower was executed through a two-segment tilt-up structure with a horizontal panel serving as a loadbearing support for the top panel. To emulate the existing church built in 1983, the exterior is clad in brick and stone.
Burr Ridge, IL 60527