Saint Mary Mercy Chapel
Livonia, MI
Completed September 2018

Design Team

Craig Borum, Jen Maigret

Principals in Charge 

Craig Borum, Bill Carpenter, Jen Maigret

Design Professionals SD/DD

Andrew Wolking,  Masataka Yoshikawa, Yibo Jiao, Yusi Zha, Arvin Yu,  Annabelle Guan,  Jiashi Yu,  Michie Nimsombun,  Markus Boynton,  Maggie Shao, Dinghao Zhou

Liturgical Space Consultant

Fr. Gilbert  Sunghera S.J., UDM Liturgical Consulting Service

Structural Engineering   

Anders Sjogran, SDI Structures

MEP Engineering

Wade Ross, IMEG Corp.

Civil Engineering

Jason Van Ryn, Nederveld

Acoustic Consultant

Zackery Belanger,Arcgeometer

Lighting Consultant

Brienne Willcock, Illuminart

The new Chapel accommodates daily, Catholic liturgical uses including Mass for 30 regular attendees and seasonal functions that can draw 80+ attendees. The hospital, while Catholic in its mission, seeks to serve other faiths with spaces for non-Catholic Christians and non-Christian Abrahamic faiths. These spaces have been organized to accommodate differing types and uses of imagery, from figural Catholic to non-figural Muslim. Spatial separation is required for these to not visually conflict with the tenants and practices of various respective faiths.

The design provides three main spiritual spaces, the main Catholic Chapel (with Sacristy), The Muslim Prayer Space (with proper facilities for ablution rites) and a Seeker’s Space. These three spaces are organized to be accessed from a single gathering space, the Narthex. A future phase will include a healing garden, to be installed to the west of the new Chapel. The west facade of the Chapel has been designed to establish a strong visual connection to the future garden.