St. James Episcopal Church

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A prominent church in the center of Hackettstown consisted of the main church built in the 1850ís, a newer adjacent parish hall and a separate rectory. These three separate buildings were all built at different times and since they were not connected, they provided complications for handicapped accessibility around the complex.

This project, which was initiated approximately ten years ago, included the demolition of the non-historical parish hall, and the construction of a new parish hall and classroom facility that connects directly to the other two existing buildings on the site. A design complication included the extremely tight site with the buildings extremely close to the property lines. This was a major consideration during the site plan approval process.

Along with various dimensional constraints, the differing floor levels of the structures needed to be connected together to provide unhindered handicapped accessibility. The building addition successfully solves these challenges, and the new building provides better facilities for the operations and the ministry of the church.

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