St. Stephen Catholic Church
Oak Creek, Wisconsin
The Master Plan design for St. Stephen’s Catholic Church provides a new 94,000 SF building to house worship, fellowship, faith formation, office, and meeting programs. The master plan provides 450 parking stalls on the site as well as an outdoor plaza. The challenge for site planning was to fit extensive interior and exterior program requirements onto a 14 acre site. A portion of the site was not buildable due to the presence of wetlands. The site was also adjacent to a major interstate freeway, further restricting the placement of building components. The goal for the building design was to develop a contemporary architectural language in keeping with the suburban setting, while still recalling the form, materials, and details of the Parish’s existing historic church. Periodic presentations of the design, and its relationship to contemporary liturgical teachings, helped prepare the Congregation for their transition to a new home.