Since 1910, the Greek Orthodox Community has been growing and thriving on Alhambra Boulevard in Sacramento. Eventually, this resulted in the building of a church, social hall and educational building to help support their growing numbers. Decades later the now 500 family parish community came together to facilitate the building of a new social hall and educational building – and after twenty plus years of planning, the original social hall and educational building were demolished and re-built on the same site.
The Architect of Record was Daniel P. Eriksson of Comstock Johnson Architects Inc. and the Associate Architect was Nicholas Docous of Lionakis – two fellow parishioners, colleagues and friends. By combining their unique talents together, a refreshed and architecturally modern parish was re-born. Lionakis contributed Master Planning, Structural Engineering Services managed by Darron Huntingdale, Architectural Design input, and Interior Design Services.
The new buildings are sustainable, energy efficient and low maintenance. The design of the building results in a fully contemporary facility that notably also incorporates some elements of the ancient Byzantine style that is a significant part of the history of Greek culture. This includes arched openings and Stoas (in ancient Greek architecture, Stoas were covered walkways or porticos, commonly for public use). These classic elements actually help provide passive solar control along the perimeter of the building and deliver natural light to the interior. Finally, the use of concrete masonry and cool roof technology enhance the overall building envelope, sustainability, and longevity of the center.
Organized around the campus courtyard, called the Plateia in Greek, the new Center is a modern facility for an ancient faith. With thanks to the Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada for their recognition and profile on this project.