Other Religious Projects
- St. Joseph Parish - Appleton, WI
- St. Paul's Catholic Church - Plainfield, WI
- » St. Olaf College - Northfield, MN
- Appleton Alliance Church - Appleton, WI
- First English Lutheran Church - Appleton, WI
Other General Contracting Projects
Owner:St. Olaf College
Architect:SMSQ Architects, Inc.
Boldt Role:General Contractor
Key Points:Working on the existing Boe Chapel ceiling required a very complex scaffolding system to accommodate reaching high areas and allow full access to the ceiling. The soundproof soffits were prefabricated during the winter months in Boldt's job-site trailers to expedite the construction schedule and minimize downtime to the chapel.
St. Olaf College
Boe Memorial Chapel Renovations
Since its dedication in 1954, Boe Memorial Chapel has served a vital role in the lives of St. Olaf students and faculty, a place of welcome for worship, music, edifying convocations, college ceremonies, the arts and private meditation.
By the mid-2000s, the chapel was in need of multiple updates. St. Olaf undertook a comprehensive renovation, including a reconfiguration of interior spaces to meet campus needs. Plans from SMSQ Architects included a reshaping of the ceiling and side walls, extending the worship platform out into the congregation, integrating new lighting and replacing the old organ with a larger 4,100-pipe Holtkamp organ
In its role of general contractor, Boldt added the structural steel in the basement which was needed to support the organ's weight, and built drop-soffits to house HVAC and electrical system upgrades.
Because aerial work platforms wouldn't fit through the entry, we designed a scaffolding system that allowed full access to the ceiling so insulated panels and the new wood ceiling could be added. The soundproof drop-soffits were prefabricated during the winter months to minimize downtime to the chapel.
In keeping with the college's sustainable mission, we used a spray soy insulation and recovered birch from Lake Superior to finish the choir platform.