This Year has seen CJK Design Group and CJK Sacred Space work with many groups across America. Our diverse skills allow us to assist these and many more Parishes. We hope you find these examples of faithfulness edifying. We look forward to continuing our work in 2014.
Happy New Year from CJK Design and CJK Sacred Space!
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral – Atlanta, Georgia CJK is working with Father Paul Kaplanis and the Cathedral to create a much-needed new dome roofing and exterior paint/coating approach that, beyond moisture and weather protection, would complement and enhance the Majesty & Beauty of the Cathedral. The paint coating is called Keim which is a Germanic Mineral and Silicate coating used in Europe since the late 1800’s for interior and exterior finishing and moisture protection. The material for the Great Dome and Apse will be a high-tech Millennium-type stainless steel which not only has a radiance and beauty but also would have a 200 year Life.
Coating /Painting is in process and the dome roofing is currently out to bid.
St Catherine GOC – Braintree, Massachusetts While we completed this Landmark church 4 years ago, the interior decoration/ artifacts and iconography by Dr. George Kordis has been conceived in a phased manner. Phase 1 iconography was completed mid-November and the artifacts program for the east end which is 90% complete with Carved Marble Artifacts imported from Kalamata Greece, will be completed in February.
Holy Trinity GOC – Carmel, Indiana Located in the prominent suburb of Metro Indianapolis, the first phase of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church was completed 4 1/2 years ago. The iconography is a phased program with the first phase just completed this past spring by Dr. George Kordis from Athens. This church is the largest CJK Triad Prototype in the world and has a magnificent dome with unique geometric components that, while traditional, historically had never been composed together in the manner assembled here in Carmel. The work by Dr. Kordis is stunning and complements and enhances the unique architectural composition, its incredible surfaces and opportunities. Other phases are projected within the next few years as well as a decorative floor and Special Axios Type Chairs and Lighting Elements. Holy Trinity Masterpiece
Holy Trinity GOC – Columbia, South Carolina Located in the state capital of South Carolina, Home of the University of South Carolina and prominently located on Main Street across from the Bank of America Tower, this Landmark is a few blocks away from the State Capital on a highly visible site. The church was completed 2 1/2 years ago and the Parish continues on their phased Iconographic Program, which is into third phase, through an International Search the Church selected Dr. George Kordis to implement its Iconographic program which was the first such project in the USA for Dr. Kordis. CJK is designing and providing the custom Interior Artifacts and Furnishings – from the Floor Medallions to the hand-carved Icon Screen. The plan, as it stands now, is for the eastern zone to be all Greek-carved marble with the western (Narthex) Zone in white oak carved in Hania, Crete by the studios of Steve Kavroulakis.
Metropolis of San Francisco Alex & Faye Spanos Heritage Center, Dunlap, California The building is conceived as a “California Basilica” with exposed heavy timber construction which references Athonite and Rural connections. The center houses a new office center and gracious multipurpose spaces for meetings, galleries/ displays and a Domed Chapel dedicated to St Photini. The interior space of the center has a main Stoa, display and gathering spaces that will have frescoes of the history and development of the Metropolis and Orthodoxy in the West culminating with magnificent Byzantine frescoes in the Chapel of St Photini. The new Heritage Center is made possible by many who are dedicated to the fulfillment of the Vision of Metropolitan Anthony of Blessed Memory. This project has been approved through the protracted, laborious and extensive process of the County of Fresno. We are currently in the final pricing and bidding stage. Construction is projected to begin in March of 2014.
St Luke OC – Erie, Colorado Located on the Front Range of the Rockies between Denver and Boulder is the growing town of the Erie Colorado where the faithful parish of St Luke had the vision to purchase an 8 acre site right on the main road into the town. In Pentecost 2010 they completed Phase 1 of a Multi-Phase project. The Initial Phase consists of a Church Temple and Multi-purpose hall/support building. The entire site is designed to accommodate multiple phases which would reflect and respond to the growth of the parish. A major portion of the interior Iconography has been completed by Archbishop Gregory of Colorado and is an ongoing, coordinated, phased program. This project was developed through dynamic leadership whose vision was, rather than build a Church-Hall that was multi-purpose, in their wisdom with CJK’s technical and systems prowess, built the requisite support space as well as a separate Church Temple within the designated and limited budget. St Luke is becoming the Beacon of the region and this past October, the Parish consecrated their temple in a joyful ceremony on September 28, 2013.
St Catherine GOC – Greenwood Village, Colorado CJK has been working with Father Lou Christopulos and the leadership of St Catherine to develop overall vision plan. The plan is focused upon the Church, which had its Thyranoixia in June of 1990, and provides a transformation of the interior and exterior while creating a path for its completion in the most gracious and beautiful manner possible with quality and economic, prudence and vigilance. The plan provides interior and exterior enhancements that will transform this Temple and direct it towards vision that was intended with the great efforts & sacrifice of the parish. Now the time has come to fulfill the Vision, dedicated to the Glory of God.
It is the Goal that the First phase of the work will be accomplished to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Parish.
St George AOC – Fishers, Indiana CJK has worked with Fr. Nabil and the Parish in Metro Indianapolis for many years developing a vision with the Leadership that accommodates their current and future needs in a phased approach. Working with the requirements of the Parish, the Town of Fishers and the budget, the project has become a beacon of “Green” building techniques. Lighting is mostly LED and the mechanical systems maximize efficiency. The Structure utilizes ICF construction (concrete filled foam blocks) with hollow core plank flooring in the nave which allows for the underside of the Temple to accommodate a meeting hall, kitchen and classrooms. The Upper level also houses the administration office in addition to the Byzantine temple as well as a magnificent bell tower. The dome was fabricated on the ground and lifted in place during a celebratory service last December. The dome is made of Millennium stainless steel and has a gold finish that could last for over 200 years. Future phases will have additional classrooms, library, large hall, full size kitchen, library and chapel. See more about this at Raising Golden Domes In America’s Heartland
The foundations of phase 1 were laid towards the end of last year and, with incredible speed and quality, the Parish celebrated their first Liturgy in the space this past November. As astounding as that is, the Parish topped it by having Dr. Kordis paint some of his most breathtaking icons while in construction. Together with Holy Trinity in Carmel, you can see a great cross-section of Dr. Kordis’ work in one area. David Mouck and his crew never compromised quality for the sake of the budget or time and have created a temple that will be a true Landmark for the ages to come. A future post will document this great project and the team that made it happen.
Ss Constantine & Helen GOC – Silver Spring, Maryland With over two years of design and permitting, the site work has finally begun on this incredibly beautiful, well-located site in Silver Spring, Maryland. The parish, having moved from its downtown DC location on 16th Street, has a site with beauty and character and room for expansion and activities. The new Parish home will be a village of hope and Orthodoxy in suburban DC. We will be updating everyone on this blog as this exciting LEED-certified project progresses. Activities have moved in a very brisk manner and now, with the leadership of the newly appointed parish priest Father Michael Eaccarino, fantastic energies and progress are flowing. For now, site work progresses, enjoy some renderings of the new buildings.
St Demetrios GOC – Tucson, Arizona CJK was selected over 3 years ago in a National search for the design firm that understood the Orthodox ethos and blending of Byzantine / Sonoran Desert architecture. We are working with the parish to create a new home which will express both of these important traditions. A devastating tragic fire has accelerated the schedule and activities of the parish. While we have started our initial studies, the project will be moving forward in full force in early February.
SS Sophia GOC – Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, The project in Valley Forge consisted of a total vision of a new church temple, a multi-purpose classroom gathering office facility as a link for bridge building and the renovation of the listing multipurpose hall. The Church Temple was completed for Paschal 2012, complete with phase 1 Iconography, marble floors. Beyond the architecture of the complex, CJK was retained to design and coordinate the iconography, furnishings and artifacts of the project which included the artifacts for the altar area for the east zone for the project (including the Pulpit, the Throne, the Chanters area, the Icon Screen and the Altar or Holy Table). The CJK design was carved and fabricated in Hania Crete in the Studio of Steve Kavroulakis.
This year, the Award-winning project saw Horst Construction receive the excellence in construction Award of Merit for institutional projects from ABC Keystone. Also taking two awards for the project were Paramount Construction for their metal framing and interior finishing, with CJK also picking up a First Place award from ATAS Intl. for Project of the Year in Commercial Metal Roofing.
Holy Trinity GOC – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania This Project started many years ago with CJK working with the Parish in selecting a site in the hilly country around Pittsburgh, PA. This great city is home to Metropolitan Savas and the new home of Holy Trinity. The site is beautiful, located adjacent to the UMPC hospital and Laroche College (with its impressive convent) with easy access for the majority of the parishioners. The site has its own beautiful views and scenic personality in a growing area. The project consists of major site work, Church Temple, a Multipurpose Meeting, Classroom, Banquet /Meeting facility that is now used by the parish as well as the community. This project is a very special due to the use of the site, the classically Byzantine Church and the magnificent Stoa looking out across the festival grounds.
The Parish chose to include iconography in the first phase of the interior of the church and had gone through a process where they had selected Dr. George Kordis. This is the third CJK project to be completed by Dr. George Kordis & his Team.
Once Again, Happy New Year and we look forward to working with you this coming Year!