Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2016

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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48 Landscape Architect and Specifier News A world-famous landmark for people of many faiths, the former Crystal Cathedral was synonymous with Rev. Robert Schuller and his "Hour of Power" televangelism. When the Diocese of Orange purchased the church and its 34-acre complex in 2012, Catholic leaders committed to respect the site's legacy while transforming the unique building and grounds into the vibrant new heart of worship for the 1.2-million Catholics living in Orange County, Calif. The Diocese changed the name to Christ Cathedral. The 15-story Tower of Hope, which has recently undergone a $6 million renovation and seismic upgrade, is set off by the awe-inspiring 1,500 pound, cast bronze sculpture of Jesus walking on water ("Peace Be Still" by Dallas Anderson, 2000). To accommodate the sculpture, California Waters incorporated a new anchoring system into the basin pour. This representation is enhanced by 32 foam jet nozzles shooting 10 feet high, interspersed and lit by 19 LED lights flanking the tower itself. The nozzles are divided by a walkway that runs between the walls of water as a tribute to Moses' miracle parting of the Red Sea. The project included the complete redesign and renovation of the water feature including the large, reflecting pools encircling the statue. The two 5,800 square foot pools hold 65,000 gallons of Above Christ Cathedral, located in Garden Grove, Calif., was until recently known as the Crystal Cathedral. The site was renamed after the Diocese of Orange purchased it in 2012. The 15-story Tower of Hope was built in 1968 to accommodate offices and classrooms for the church. The tower is set off by a 1,500-pound cast bronze sculpture of Jesus walking on water ("Peace Be Still," Dallas Anderson, 2000), with a flanking "chorus" of fountains behind. California Waters of Yorba Linda, Calif., designed, engineered and constructed the water feature; LPA, Inc., of Irvine was the landscape architectural firm. Tower of Hope at Christ Cathedral Renovation, Engineering and Construction by California Waters Landscape Architecture by LPA, Inc.

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