Borum and Maigret Lead Design of New St. Mary Mercy Chapel

Professor Craig Borum, Associate Professor Jen Maigret, and William Carpenter, principals of PLY+ Architecture, oversaw the completion (design through construction administration) of a 2,600-square-foot chapel at St. Mary Mercy Livonia Hospital in Livonia, Michigan. The chapel was dedicated on September 11. Built as part of St. Mary Mercy’s Generations Together Campaign, the building is designed to provide for the unique needs of the community it serves. In the project’s RFP, the vision statement read, “[The chapel] should … serve as a beacon of  hope and peace within a quiet and prayerful environment to promote spiritual and emotional healing and facilitate personal and communal encounters with the presence of God through reflecting the beauty of light, nature, and our religious heritage.”

The new chapel includes windows that modulate light differently throughout the day, creating different moods and colors as the day progresses. The chapel features a hand-carved crucifix from Germany and a Russian icon, along with some more contemporary features designed to accommodate people of all faiths.