St. Mary’s “Campus Connection” project consisted of a central addition to achieve three main goals:<p> <p>1) provide permanent construction to support the school’s reading and music/art programs temporarily housed in modular classrooms;<p> <p>2) provide handicap accessibility to the lower church with an elevator and connect the church to the existing parish center/school without having to walk outside across a parking lot; and<p> <p>3) incorporate the parish office, currently located across the street, into the church campus.<p> <p>Ultimately a single story, 5800 SF addition was designed to meet tight budget constraints.<p> <p>Most unique is the rosary floor pattern along the main hallway where visitors are encouraged to pray. Archbishop Blair of the Hartford Diocese dedicated the new construction on June 2, 2019, naming it the Magowan Center to honor the woman who left the church a generous bequest.
A new service road runs behind the church and parish center/school. It connects the one-way church entrance driveway from Hopmeadow Street to parking areas and exits at the traffic light north of the school. In front of the new addition is a drop-off loop with a small parking area primarily for school visitors. A courtyard was created between the existing school and connector. Here personalized bricks, from a sponsorship program to raise funds for the connector project, are placed in a circular pathway surrounding the beloved St. Mary statue.
St. Mary's Church
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