Ankrom Moisan Architects renderingAn artist sketch depicts what the St. Anthony community center will look like.
Ankrom Moisan Architects rendering
An artist sketch depicts what the St. Anthony community center will look like.
TIGARD ­— On June 17, construction began on the long anticipated new community center at St. Anthony Church and School here. For minimum disruption, most of the work will be completed during the summer.

The community center will meet the parish’s needs for more space to serve existing church and school programs. Parishioners hope it will be the “heart” of the parish and school with a new multi-purpose commercial kitchen, assembly hall/cafeteria, stage, gathering area for small receptions and funerals, bathrooms and meeting rooms.

The building committee, led by longtime parishioner Steve Miller, has chosen Drew Rocker from Ankrom Moisan Architects to design the 16,000-square-foot building. R & H construction will serve as the general contractor.

A capital campaign raised approximately $5 million toward the cost of the community center, which is estimated to cost $5.2 million. Fundraising efforts will continue throughout construction.

Parish leaders hope the new building will allow outreach to at-risk youth, people who are homeless and hungry, refugees and immigrants.

The community is invited to get a sneak peek at the new building during the parish’s the annual picnic on Saturday, Sept. 7. The evening begins with a 5 p.m. multicultural Mass, followed by a picnic, games and tours of the community center on the parish grounds at 6 p.m.