An ENR CA 2020 Regional Best Project (Cultural/Worship)
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange selected Snyder Langston to join Johnson Fain in transforming the iconic all-glass Crystal Cathedral into Christ Cathedral. The extensive interior renovation was completed over a 24-month period and included a number of unique features and construction challenges, which required creative thinking from a high-performing team committed to overcoming obstacles and achieving success. After strengthening the main worship floor with carbon fiber, Snyder Langston erected 86,500 s.f. of scaffolding, to a height of 96’, to clean and paint the truss roof structure; and install new fire protection, a new lighting system and 11,500 quatrefoils, the project’s most notable design feature. The metal sail-shaped panels were strategically arranged and affixed to building’s space frame, significantly reducing solar heat gain and glare while improving the acoustical properties of the worship area. Seven hundred new LED lights illuminate the structure, ensuring that the reflection of the quatrefoil’s intricate pattern may be enjoyed day or night.