Multi-purpose Blessed Sacrament Church building on track for October opening

  • Construction of Blessed Sacrament Church’s new multi-purpose building, at the corner of Federal Street and Beacon Street in Greenfield, is expected to be complete by October. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Blessed Sacrament Church’s new multi-purpose building at the corner of Federal Street and Beacon Street in Greenfield, as shown from the rear, is expected to be complete by October. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Construction of Blessed Sacrament Church’s new multi-purpose building, at the corner of Federal Street and Beacon Street in Greenfield, is expected to be complete by October. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • An architect’s rendering of the interior of Blessed Sacrament Church’s new multi-purpose building, showing the removable partitions. CONTRIBUTED IMAGE

Staff Writer
Published: 7/31/2020 3:52:07 PM

GREENFIELD — Construction of Blessed Sacrament Church’s new multi-purpose building is expected to be complete by October, after beginning last September and being delayed a few weeks by the coronavirus pandemic.

At 7,700 square feet and one story high, the project is worth about $2.4 million, according to Kevin O’Neil, the architect of the building.

The new building is next door to the church, at the corner of Federal Street and Beacon Street, and will serve as a space for large gatherings, religious education classes, offices and a food pantry.

Currently, all those functions have been spread across several buildings in Greenfield. The focus of the new building is to consolidate the church and its resources, O’Neil said.

“Right now we have multiple buildings,” O’Neil said. “The idea was to have one efficient, multi-functional building beside the church.”

About three years ago, the church sold its school and convent to the neighboring Baystate Franklin Medical Center, said the Rev. Tim Campoli, who is the pastor at Blessed Sacrament and at its sister church, Holy Trinity.

Since then, he said the church has held its religious education classes in rented space at the Temple Israel synagogue.

Office spaces have been in the rectory, a few blocks down Beacon Street, at the corner of High Street. Those offices will be moved to the new building, and the church will sell the rectory space, Campoli said. The priest’s living quarters, which are also in the rectory, will be moved to Holy Trinity’s rectory, he said.

Funding for the $2.4 million project came from the sale of the school and convent, and from a three-year fundraising campaign that, when it ended in 2016, had gathered about $1 million.

Construction of the new building began in September of 2019, O’Neil said. Originally it was expected to be complete by September of 2020, but was delayed a few weeks by the coronavirus pandemic, and is now expected to be ready by October, he said.

The building is designed to be consistent in style with the church, O’Neil explained, both in its facade and its footprint. The side paneling will be similar to the church’s, and the footprint follows a similar cruciform shape.

The inside is different in that it is mostly a single large space, with partitions that can be opened or closed to create separate classrooms or small meeting rooms, O’Neil said.

Solar panels on the roof will help to make the building energy efficient, which ties into the overall goal of consolidating and conserving resources, O’Neil added.

Now, the exterior of the building is largely complete, and drywall is being installed inside. Painting will likely start in the next two weeks, O’Neil said, and the final piece before the expected opening in October will be adding furniture.

Reach Max Marcus at mmarcus@recorder.com or 413-930-4231.




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