On Thursday April 16 College of the Holy Cross held a blessing and ceremonial groundbreaking as they announced their plans to build a $22 million dollar Contemplative Center in West Boylston, Massachusetts. We have been involved in the project throughout the design process working as architectural consultants with Lamoureux Pagano & Associates.
The 33,800 square foot facility is located atop a 52 acre parcel with serene views of Wachusett Reservoir. The program was designed to meet the needs of the Holy Cross retreat experience and includes a chapel, large and small meeting rooms, a dining hall, and bedrooms for up to 60 guests. The building will provide a unique experience for overnight and weekend retreats, days of prayers, as well as other spiritual exercises. The design intent was to enhance the individual’s experience through architectural elements that include the use of natural and tactile materials, captured views of the reservoir, and working with the site’s natural topography and exposed ledge to emphasize the balanced relationship between man and nature.
The facility will be named the Thomas P. Joyce ’59 Contemplative Center. The Center is scheduled for completion in Fall of 2016.