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May 2018 Update


Cannon Architects continues to work towards completion of the final plans for the new church.  A floor plan update was reviewed during the week of December 10. It should be noted that the plan, as seen HERE, is the latest product of a “work in progress”, as some modifications have been identified and other changes will continue to be noted until finalized.  Design development discussions have included a preliminary review of building materials, primary fixtures/furnishings, and systems such as heating/cooling, lighting, fire protection, security, acoustics, etc.

All of this work is consistent with the concept of value engineering, which was discussed in the October Building Update.  It is anticipated that within the near future, parish representatives, along with Cannon Architects and other professional services providers, will meet with the Diocesan Building and Real Estate Commission for discussion and approval of the project’s design development phase. A Parish Information Session will be held to discuss the deliverables of the design development phase and answer parishioner questions related to this important project aspect.


Holy Infant has selected Clancy and Theys Construction Company as the general contractor for the construction of our new church and campus site development. Clancy and Theys was founded in Raleigh in 1949. The company has built in 16 states from coast to coast and has been listed among the top U.S. builders of religious and cultural buildings, office buildings, hotels, reconstruction and renovation projects, and warehouse and distribution projects. The company is also known for specialties including research and development facilities, adaptive re-use of vintage buildings, and renovation and preservation of historic buildings. Museums, aquariums, and performing arts centers built by Clancy & Theys are popular destinations.

The company has long been known for its spirit and practice of collaboration. Clancy & Theys has become a technology leader, using Building Information Modeling (BIM) and computer tablets for field communication and planning. Sustainable construction practices including LEED® are strengths—Clancy & Theys has also been among the nation’s Top 100 Green Contractors.

Clancy and Theys was selected not only for its reputation and considerable expertise but, importantly, for its extensive experience with construction of churches, schools and other facilities in the Diocese of Raleigh. The firm’s recent construction projects include not only the Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral but several parish engagements as well, including:

St. Mary Magdalene, Apex

Our Lady of Lourdes, Raleigh

St. Luke the Evangelist, Raleigh

St. Francis of Assisi, Raleigh

St. Catherine of Siena, Wake Forest

St. Thomas More, Chapel Hill

St. Ann, Clayton

St. Michael the Archangel, Cary


Upon completion and diocesan approval of the design development, final construction documentation will be prepared. These documents will include the complete architectural, structural, plumbing, mechanical, electrical and other drawings.

In dialog with Cannon Architects, it was determined that it would be advantageous to include early input from the general contractor and our project engineering firms in the design development phase, as this approach tends to lead to reduced time for construction and added value. More specifically, the benefits of this process include:      

  •  Improved constructability
  • Design expertise and construction knowledge
  • Better product information
  • Improved cost estimation
  • Better feasibility analyses
  • Improved risk management
  • Better communication
  • Improved collaboration in the early phases
  • Better plan for construction


Consistent with this collaborative approach, Fr. Robert and Blaine Short recently met with Cannon Architects and Clancy and Theys’ Director of Preconstruction. The project’s civil engineers, McAdams and Company, are presently working on revisions to the site plan submission to Durham City/County, with emphasis on value engineering opportunities. 

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