Catholic Charities Nears Completion

Flintco crews close in on an October completion date at Catholic Charities’ new campus, at Apache Street and north Harvard Avenue.
The sprawling complex of mission house-style buildings, totalling 80,000-SF, will be home to all of the organization’s services, and will replace its 30,000-SF facility on North Denver Avenue.
Total cost of the project is now estimated at $14.5 million, which was raised in a capital campaign starting in 2006. Land for the new campus was donated by Joe Moran.
Given the Church’s penchant for history and tradition, it seems appropriate that Catholic Charities is bringing a piece of the old building with it.
“That off-color brick is from the old building,” said project manager Dave Pounds, pointing to the out-of-place piece in the outside wall of the chapel. “It actually fell through the ceiling tiles in the old offices. They wanted it to be incorporated in the new structure.”
Another relic in the structure is a 1929 stained glass window at the front of the chapel, which was salvaged from a church in Philadelphia.
The mission house theme has actually presented a challenge for crews, who had to incorporate wood-framed Pella windows, wooden exterior doors and rough-hewn wood beams from British Columbia, Canada, into the structure.
Also challenging was the buildings’ authentic stucco exterior.
“That is a solid half inch of concrete,” Pounds said. “You just don’t see that too often any more.”
Regardless of the challenges specific to the site, Pounds said crews will be out in time for employees to move in before an early December blessing and dedication.
Subcontractors on site include Green Country Interiors, Anderson Mechanical and Alliance Electrical.
Catholic Charities, which has been at the North Denver campus since the 1950s, will offer myriad services, including medical care, adoption services, immigration services, the Madonna House, which serves pregnant women in crisis and Saint Elizabeth’s Lodge, which provides transitional housing, as well as other services on its new campus. Saint Joseph Residence, which provides services to those with HIV/AIDS, will not move. ?′

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