Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects has been commissioned by St. John the Evangelist Church and the Archdiocese of Baltimore to provide architectural design services for a new parish activities center addition for the church, located in Severna Park, Maryland. The firm was selected in conjunction with general contractor Stewart & Tate, as part of a design-build project delivery team.

The new, 14,500-square foot addition will serve multiple functions with a new fellowship hall/gymnasium, pre-function lobby gathering space, offices, storage, restrooms, and mechanical and utility spaces. The addition will provide expanded space to support the needs of the congregation of St. John the Evangelist Church, the students of St. John the Evangelist school, members of St. John’s Athletic Association, and the surrounding community.

The project, considered phase one of a planned series of building projects, must meet current needs while offering flexibility for projected uses and future academic building expansions. Murphy & Dittenhafer’s design will fit within the context of the existing facilities, which have been built and modified over the last fifty years, while creating a modern aesthetic. The architects’ vision is to achieve a spirit of inspiration and fellowship, reflect the identity of the Catholic Church, and incorporate sustainable materials and features.

Murphy & Dittenhafer expects to complete the design work for this $4 million project in October 2016.