Built in 1926 and listed in the National Register
of Historic Places, Sisters Chapel has been the official
gathering place where Spelman College has welcomed local,
national and international scholars, artists, theologians,
and statepersons and alumnae.
During the 2001-02 academic year, Clement & Wynn
prepared a Pre-Design Report to catergorize the facility
needs and prioritize the needed improvements based upon
interviews with the various departments (i.e., Academic
Affairs, Student Life, Music, Religious Life, and Institutional
Advancement) who sponsor numerous programs, activities,
and events in Sisters Chapel each week. The Pre-Design
Report identified seven major improvements to rectifiy
deficiencies, address code violations, and modernize
the building infrastructure.
Due to increased enrollment over the years, the College
wanted to increase the overall seating from 1,050 to
1150. In its report, Clement & Wynn identified several
options for increasing the seating, and for increasing
the number of handicapped accessible toilets throughout
the Chapel. The Pre-Design Report also included a detailed
cost estimate based upon the condition assessment and
the scope of the proposed additions and historic rehabilitation.
Clement & Wynn also assisted the College in the
selection of the Architect for the historic rehabilitation
project and in the negotiation of the other design consultants.
Currently, Sisters Chapel is in the design construction
phase with rehabilitiation work to begin in June of
2003. The Chapel will go off-line for the academic year
2003-2004. Completion of the project, including procurement
of custom wood pews, and a major overhaul of the Holtkampf
organ, scheduled for July of 2004.