Catholic Diocese of Charleston
The Chancery, a new administrative building for the Diocese of Charleston, consolidates programs previously housed in four separate buildings. The campus, which fits snugly beneath canopies of oak trees, also includes a chapel and meeting hall. The design takes advantage of the site’s spectacular views of the City of Charleston from the banks of the Ashley River.
The design team visited a number of chanceries throughout the Southeast to gain inspiration, gather programming information, and confirm space adjacencies for the various departments. The program for the main office building includes many departments: the Bishop’s Suite, Vocations, Construction, Tribunal, Family Life, Ethnic Ministry, Social Ministry, Child Protection, Human Resources, IT, Education, Catechesis, Campus Ministry, Youth Ministry, Finance, Claims, and Media Relations.
The buildings were oriented to achieve maximum energy conservation while maintaining natural light and views for every office. The design balances the open offices and the welcoming nature of the campus with a need for security and privacy. The exterior of the buildings features materials representing the entire state of South Carolina with brick from the Midlands, stone from the Upstate, and siding from the Lowcountry.
Location: Charleston, SC
SF: 35,000 SF Office; 10,000 SF Assembly