Estancia Valley Catholic Parish Feasibility Study | Moriarty, New Mexico
In 2008, Greer Stafford conducted a study to help Estancia Valley Catholic Parish plan for its future facility needs. The Parish, which encompasses 1,400 square miles and contains 4 active churches in 4 different communities, faced a host of challenges — an expanding population, aging church facilities in need of repairs or replacement, a shortage of available clergy, and a lack of classroom, office and meeting space. The study was intended to be a road map for the future physical needs of the parish, providing quantitative information & graphic solutions that could be presented to the Archdiocese for approval and to parishioners for support.
The first part of the study entailed analyzing all existing facilities and providing proposed cost estimates to bring each facility up to an acceptable standard, as well as examining current attendance and use. A demographic study estimated the expected population growth of the parish. Interviews and questionnaires gathered input from the membership of the four churches regarding their current facility use and future facility needs.
Once data collection was complete, our planning team defined, explored and reviewed several options for future development with the EVCP’s Task Force. It became apparent that the Parish’s ultimate goal was to consolidate & replace its four existing sites. Further work was directed at determining the most ideal location and means for doing so.
The study resulted in an option to provide a short term solution to satisfy parish needs until full development of parish facilities could be realized. This solution was not expected by the parish prior to our involvement. The resulting solution will allow the parish to move forward in addressing their needs in a phased and systematic manner while the temporary building provides much needed facilities in the interim.