Robert Morris University, Ann and Alvin Rogal Family Chapel

Moon Township, Pennsylvania

  • FIRM

    JDBA Architects


    Robert Morris University

  • AREA

    2,900 sq.ft.





This non-denominational chapel is situated on the highest point of the campus and overlooks the major academic buildings. The chapel was to be small, seating only 100 people. The main worship space is 40 feet square. The scale of this small building among the large academic buildings nearby was a concern.

The 35-foot-high ceiling and the elevated site contribute to ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$274.00FEATURED IN2003 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYChapels/Worship Centers the presence of the chapel. The only restrictions the major donor put on the design were that the architecture and interior design should not be representative of any one religion and the seating should be movable, so that any compass orientation could be accommodated. The forced-air radiant floor even allows worshippers to sit on the floor comfortably.

The exposed wood structure provides warmth and the exposed brick walls and tile floors were chosen partly for their maintainability. The art glass window represents the sun radiating outward.