The columbarium and gardens were designed to provide a peaceful sanctuary for remembrance of those interred, a visual amenity to the church, and a quiet courtyard for reflection.
The project began with the creation of the columbarium garden on the west side of the campus to allow scattering of ashes and quiet meditation. In order to compliment the church, the columbarium was designed in the form of a Celtic cross. The hardscape area was designed small enough to be intimate, but large enough to allow for gathering at internment. A formal garden was developed at the perimeter of the cross and its axis, and a small fountain added as a focal point to the upper end of the garden. Site furnishings helped create and identify separate spaces and add to the intimate nature of the space. In addition, the proximity of the garden to the church creates a visual gateway to the church.
Benesch provided programming, research, design, engineering, bidding and administration of the construction contract.