Featured Projects  Church Site Development  Religious

St. Francis by the Sea parish has been recently established to serve both full-time and summer residents in the popular Outer Banks of North Carolina.  Their new site, though well situated, was covered in untouched coastal trees and underbrush.  Careful planning was required to meet stringent regulations.


A Design Retreat Workshop was held at the nearby Trinity Center where church leaders determined a staged development should include a worship center that would serve the full-time members, but expand readily for summer services.  A two-story building allowed for a small footprint to minimize disturbance of the coastal landscape.  The design concept was inspired by historic houses and commercial buildings along the Carolina coast.