Village on a Hill – Holy Trinity Pittsburgh breaks ground

With great dedication and perseverance, the Leadership and People of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Metro Pittsburgh have written a new Chapter in its 88 year history.

Following the Enthronement of His Eminence Metropolitan Savas on Dec 8th at St Nicholas Cathedral in Pittsburgh, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church welcomed the Metropolitan to their new church site in McCandless Township to preside over their Groundbreaking Ceremony on Sunday, December 11th.

Breaking ground on the new site with His Eminence Metropolitan Savas, Fr John, the Architect and VIPs from the parish and design sides

The sunny weather was a perfect backdrop for the service where the grounds and all the work to come were blessed.  Following Orthos, the Divine Liturgy and a short reception, the parish traveled from their temporary space to the future home of the Parish on the corner of Babcock Blvd. and Cumberland Road where over 400 were in attendance to participate in this important ceremony.  The service was followed up by a luncheon at the Wildwood Country Club.

With deep gratitude and awe, Father John Touloumes, pastor of the Parish, cites the divine intervention of the Holy Spirit and the tireless work of the people.  This effort has created the deliberate, step by step Journey and ascension to the new beautiful, acropolis-like site on a hilltop at the intersection of Babcock Blvd. and Cumberland Rd. in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, in the center of parish demographics.  He notes that the “eclipse of the immensity of multiple tasks and challenges, one by one reaching closure and successful results indicated that the Lord was really the Project Director.”

Aerial view of the new site in the North Hills @ the corner of Cumberland Rd (at the bottom) and Babcock Blvd.

CJK Design has worked closely with the Parish to create a Masterplan design that fits the budget and needs of the Parish for the Present and the Future.

Church Temple (Red) and Kendron (Parish Life Center in Blue) are in Phase One of this ambitious project.

“You are the light of the world–like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.”  Matthew 5:14

The Parish will be constructing their new home which includes an authentic light-filled Byzantine Temple that seats over 300 worshipers under a 33’ wide dome.  The plans also include support spaces featuring classrooms, a fireside room for informal gatherings, administrative spaces, a bookstore and library, a large, glass enclosed foyer/Stoa for pre-functions which leads into the Great Hall seating over 400 for conference, banquets and parish activities and an equally impressive kitchen and bakery capable of serving the hall and the on-site Festivals that share the Greek culture and Heritage with the community.   Future Development will include a full recreation Center and Field house with a Gymnasium that will prove to be a valuable Community Resource.

The resultant effort creates a “Village on the Hill”   

New Temple and Kendron Aerial Rendering

Rendering of the 400 seat hall

We are looking forward to working with their selected general contractor Bridges and Co. of Pittsburgh to make this project a great success for the whole community and the great people of Holy Trinity!

Temple Elevation looking at entrance

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