The design of a new Catholic church blended traditional and Romanesque styles in congruence with comfort and energy efficiency. (see video)

Project Challenge

Tasked with the design of a new Catholic church in the Central Ohio diocese to meet the needs of a growing congregation, Architect David Meleca’s seven-year project blended traditional and Romanesque styles in congruence with warmth, comfort and energy efficiency.

Featuring imported Jerusalem Stone accent sills and pediment heads from Israel, his project plans required window designs flexible enough to accommodate utilizing salvaged art glass obtained from previously closed churches in the surrounding area.

Architectural Solution

“Windows are important to a Church project” said Meleca, whose maximum daylighting design dictated “aesthetics and scale.” Meeting the need for quality window construction, cost efficiency and value engineering, JELD-WEN products were selected for the job.

With over 164 windows in total, the transept-shaped St. Paul’s Church made use of 100-year old stained glass units salvaged from churches recently closed in the Cleveland area. JELD-WEN Custom and Siteline EX Wood windows offered the flexibility and compatibility to handle oversized radius windows, custom sized stained glass windows and a three-piece, twelve foot diameter ‘suspended circle’ mulled window strategically positioned at the front of the church.

Meleca stated “I know architecture, but not necessarily windows,” adding that “knowledgeable window manufacturer’s representatives were extremely helpful.” JELD-WEN provided unique, structurally reinforced and color-matched units integrating extended sill nosings, frame expanders and custom brickmoulds.

In using JELD-WEN DP-50 windows with durable AuraLast® Wood, the construction team utilized JELD-WEN’s Commercial Solutions group for flashing details, CAD drawings and component selection. Citing the need for materials that last, project manager Jim Valentas noted “we’re building a 100-year structure.”

Product Details

  • Custom Clad Windows with AuraLast Wood (pine)
  • Siteline EX Windows with AuraLast Wood (pine)
  • Color matched aluminum clad exteriors
  • Reliable 20-year warranted AuraLast Wood

Project Team

  • Architect: Meleca Architecture - Columbus, OH
  • Builder: Corna Kokosing Construction Co. - Westerville, OH
  • Dealer: Northern Window & Door - Westerville, OH