Christ the King Chapel at Christendom College
Front Royal, VA | Institutional
This project's architect sought to provide an energy efficient and beautiful chapel, while meeting the budget of the client, a Catholic college on the outskirts of Washington, DC. The Chapel proudly displays a 130 foot-bell tower that, like the rest of the façade, is clad with a drainable EIFS system. The structure touts a variety of EIFS finishes including varying colors for the façade blocks, a natural concrete finish on window surrounds, and a unique stone finish on the lower façade. EIFS ability to mimic the look of natural stone provided significant cost savings, not only in façade material cost, but also by lessening structural requirements necessary for natural stone applications. The intricate stone accents and designs were achieved by fabricating the EIFS panels offsite. The entire façade was clad with 2 to 4 inches of EPS foam providing an R-value 7.5 to 15, easily meeting continuous insulation code requirements.