Adding on to a historic church with beautiful architectural detail can be a delicate task.
Just ask John Williams, vice president of Opus Design Build.
The Minnetonka-based firm has been awarded the $1.2 million contract to construct a 7,000-square-foot addition to the Church of St. Peter in Delano, Minn., which will include a multipurpose banquet facility that will seat about 120 people. The two-story add-on will replace the 99-year-old church's basement kitchen and cafeteria. The project also includes an open staircase, an elevator, new restrooms and features to make it accessible to the handicapped.
"The church itself is brick with beautiful stained-glass windows, an ornate ceiling -- it's very beautiful inside," Williams said. "We want to make sure we don't disturb the beauty inside."
The addition will complement the unique brick and masonry design on the exterior, and the windows will be arched just like the original church, he said. Work is expected to begin this month, with completion slated in early September.
Opus has a long history of building new churches and expanding existing houses of worship. During the past decade Opus built St. Hubert in Chanhassen and St. Ambrose in Woodbury.