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Christendom College tops off chapel project

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Work crews laid the final beam of steel on the 114-foot-tall main tower for the new Christ the King Chapel at Christendom College in Front Royal last month, topping out the structure that can now be seen for several miles due to its height and location on campus.

Hoar Construction began initial site work in September. Construction teams have finished laying underground utility piping and installing the concrete footings and slab, and will now focus on assembling the chapel’s remaining steel skeleton, which is scheduled for completion in February 2020. This phase of the Christ the King Chapel is tentatively slated to be completed in March 2021 with anticipated final completion December 2021.

“Christ the King Chapel is an outward manifestation of our commitment to Christ, and we are so grateful to Hoar Construction for their magnificent work,” Timothy O’Donnell, president of Christendom College. “This momentous occasion brings us another step closer to the chapel’s completion and we could not be more excited as a college and a community. I want to thank our generous benefactors for making this project possible, which will serve as an inspiration for students, faculty, staff and visitors for years to come.”

“Hoar Construction is pleased to return to our roots by partnering with Christendom College on a project that is truly one-of-a-kind in this region,” said Dwayne Fleger, vice president at Hoar’s Washington office. “The chapel’s magnificent design and formidable structure tell a compelling story that will launch the college into the next phase of its development while also fulfilling its mission to equip the student body for their faith journey. We remain ahead of schedule and look forward to working with our trade partners on the next phase of construction.”

The chapel was designed by the Arlington-based architecture firm O’Brien and Keane. Christ the King Chapel will feature a new custom organ with 2,500 pipes built by Kegg Pipe Organ Builders, which will require several months of tuning before use.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI blessed the cornerstone for the chapel in 2008 and after reviewing the college’s original blueprints declared the plans to be “beautiful.”

Bacon is an account coordinator for The Wilbert Group.

Find out more

Go to chapel.christendom.edu.



© Arlington Catholic Herald 2020