SAINT THOMAS BECKET CATHOLIC CHURCH
Master Plan and New Parish Complex
Eagan, Minnesota

Set within 30 acres of green rolling hills, this project was the first phase of a newly established Catholic parish in Eagan, Minnesota. A Master Plan was undertaken to allow the parish facilities to grow as the congregation increased in size.

The underlying concept for the design of the parish was community. That emphasis was firmly established at parish workshops when purpose, function and planning were considered by teams of parish members. From those sessions, a clear concept emerged of a small village.

Clustered on a hill overlooking the lake, the village is composed of five separate buildings joined together by a commons area. Phase I includes a church that seats 1200, the administration building, and the education building; Phase II will add a fellowship hall and another education/meeting hall. The commons area that joins the individual structures together serves as a gathering space in the same fashion as a village square.

The worship space was designed to allow the people of the congregation to be the focal point and the source of color and diversity. Walls and ceiling are light colors to provide a neutral backdrop for those gathered.