Civic Principal Nick Docous attended the ceremonial groundbreaking held on September 7 for the New Sanctuary Building for the Saint Anna Greek Orthodox Christian Church in Roseville, California. The project, designed by Lionakis, totals 7,500 square feet and is influenced by the Byzantine style of architecture. Characteristics include classical forms such as domes and arches, and materials such as brick and clay tile. The Sanctuary will be designated as a Shrine dedicated to Marriage and Family, and will include the Holy Relics of Saints Anna and Saint Joachim. Additionally, there will be seating for 300+ parishioners plus capacity for additional seating in the Reliquary and Baptistery apses.

Along with its Byzantine architectural focus, sustainability was an important aspect of the integrated design of the building. Insulated Concrete Formwork was selected as the building’s main structural system to provide thermal mass and reduce energy.  Additionally, lighting and HVAC systems have integrated controls to reduce operating costs.

Sustainability is a principle which the Parish emphasizes at every level of its operations, especially the care, and cultivation of its campus.  The site plan was designed to protect and preserve the many heritage oak trees on the campus.  Additionally, olive oil is made from olive trees planted at the campus many years ago, as well as wine from grapevines from Cyprus; both are used in religious services.

His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco and His Grace Bishop Neofitos of Nyeri and Mount Kenya presided over the ceremony.  The Mayor of Roseville, among others, spoke warmly about the project, thanked all who had worked on the project thus far, and welcomed the new addition to the Community.