Sugar Grove—The construction project at St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Sugar Grove reached a milestone May 1 when Schramm Construction installed two steeples at the site.
After months of planning and weather tracking, the two structures were connected to the top of the 60-foot steeple structure. The largest of the steeples, including towers, measures approximately 72 feet and weighed approximately 40 tons, while the smaller steeple is 58 feet tall and approximately 30 tons.
Each steeple was custom designed and constructed on the ground at the site by the carpenter contractor.
“Much planning was put into place for the construction and installation of the steeples. Weather conditions have to be just right, with minimal wind, to ensure complete safety while erecting the steeples,” said Fred Schramm, president of Schramm Construction. “We’ve been honored to work on a number of religious facilities in the past and are knowledgeable as to the proper process for this installation. Working on St. Katharine has been a real honor as well, and we are thankful to be a part of the team.”
The groundbreaking for St. Katharine Drexel Parish, located at 8S055 Dugan Road, was in the late summer of 2011. Since then, Cordogan Clark and Associates Architects and Schramm Construction has laid much of the groundwork and exterior elevations for the more than 30,0000-square-foot structure. When completed, the facility will encompass a 350-seat chapel, administrative wings, classrooms, and a kitchen facility to accommodate their growing congregation.
Currently, the parish is home to over 550 registered families since its inception only three-and-a-half years ago. While under construction, the parish meets at John Shields Elementary School. The anticipated completion date is middle to late summer 2012.
“We are excited to see the steeples installed, as it means we are one step closer to opening our new parish doors this summer,” said Father Bob Jones of St. Katharine Drexel Parish.