Holy Cross Contemplative Center

West Boylston, MA

Completed in fall of 2016, the William J. Masiello design team worked as Architectural Design Consultants for Lamoureux Pagano & Associates for the College of the Holy Cross' Thomas P. Joyce '59 Contemplative Center. This 33,800 square foot facility is located atop a 52 acre parcel with serene views of the 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 provides 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.