Architect Craig Hartman (SOM's San Francisco subsidiary) took over the project from Santiago Calatrava in October 2003, after a budget exceeded the local diocese's budget.
The complex will include a main temple for 1,500 worshipers, smaller chapels, a baptistery, administration premises, a library and a conference center, as well as an area designed by landscape architect Peter Walker (who is also working on the project of the Memorial to the victims of the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001 in WTC New York).
Hartman developed his 131 millionth project based on the symbolism of the sacrament of the liturgy and on the doctrine of the Catholic faith. In doing so, he replaced the traditional basilica plan with a rotunda with the arrangement of believers around the altar - which conveys the feeling of inclusion of each prayer in the community, in accordance with the provisions of the Second Vatican Council of the 1960s. The vaults of the cathedral form Vesica Pisces - "the fish of Christ" - a geometric figure of two partially superimposed circles, symbolizing the earthly incarnation of God.
The 36-meter vaults will be made of Douglas fir wood and clad in glazed frit glass. The surface of the concrete wall of the temple reliquary will be textured using a digital milling machine. All these efforts are aimed at ensuring that humble, ordinary materials are "ennobled" by the influence of light, which refers us to the dedication of a new temple.