Prince of Peace Catholic Church

A major issue facing designers is the challenge of balancing modern sensibilities with old world tradition. Such was the case for the Prince of Peach Church in Taylors, South Carolina.

Approval of a design for a new, larger church was based on meeting the need of the Prince of Peach faith community for a structure built on achieving the look of a millennia-old tradition in a way that spoke to a new generation.

The core of the building consists of load-bearing, precast concrete panels that also serve as the primary interior finish. Designers originally considered cast-in-place concrete but rejected it because of concerns about quality and sequencing. A steel frame also was rejected in favor of the total-precast design.

The precast concrete panels’ detailing and surface treatment satisfied aesthetic concerns, while using the structural panels as the building’s primary finish lent integrity to the concept. The material acts as a foil to brick, stained-wood, painted-metal and wallboard surfaces, blending well with slate and salt-finished concrete floors.

To meet both structural and architectural objectives, exposed concrete elements consist of two pieces, joined back to back. They are stacked and connected to elements above and below with steel pins. Structural tolerances were applied to architectural shapes. Formed surfaces served as final finishes.

Over 250 precast concrete components were produced for the project, which included precast concrete panels, beams, and arched spandrels. Precast concrete wall panels provided both loadbearing structural capabilities and the desired architectural finish for the house of worship.

Meeting the owner’s intangible goals required a creative and collaborated effort between all project team members.

Project Details






Metromont Prestress Co., Greenville, SC


Diocese of Charleston, Charleston, SC


Craig Gaulden & Davis, Inc., Greenville, SC


Cary Engineering Consultants, Greenville, SC


Contractor: Morris Construction Co., Greenville, SC

Precast Specialty Engineer:

Design/Build Engineers, Inc., Taylors, SC

Sq. Footage:

25,000 (building)

Structural Precast Elements:

• 45 pieces of 8-in. flat column cover
• 69 pieces of 8-in. U-shaped column cover
• 1 piece of 18 x 36-in rectangular beam
• 28 pieces of 8-in. insulated wall panel
• 16 pieces of 6-in. solid flat panel

Architectural Precast Elements:

• 95 pieces of 8-in. architectural spandrel


2004 PCI (Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute) Design Award for Best Custom Solution.


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