St. Margaret Church Mission Center

Religious, Award Winning

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New facilities were required to meet the needs of a Catholic parish in Bel Air, Maryland which serves more than 4,400 families. Ziger|Snead responded by developing a 13-acre master plan that provides a framework for phased construction and future growth. The first structure to be completed according to this plan is a multi-purpose facility that can be used as a sanctuary for 600 worshippers, a 300-seat dining room, and a hall for conferences, receptions, and community programs. The brick building is oval in shape to accommodate different uses and create a distinctive image. Ziger|Snead’s most recent addition to the religious complex is a middle school for 270 students with classrooms, gymnasium, media center, science lab, and offices. Arranged around a cylindrical stair tower, the school is designed in brick to harmonize with the multi-purpose hall and organized as modular units to allow for future additions.


Design Team: Steve ZigerJonathan Lessem 

Owner: St. Margaret Church

Location: Bel Air, Maryland

Construction Cost: $1,700,000

Area: 13,680 sf

Completion: 1997


  • 1998 Honor Award — AIA Maryland
  • 1996 Merit Award — AIA Baltimore