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Project Update: Camp Vista Chapel

Date: Jan 19, 2021 12:15:00 PM | Author: Molly Haack

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A massive fire devastated Camp Vista's beloved chapel on October 24, 2018. Following the chapel's destruction, its charred remains evoked deep sadness and a profound sense of loss from the surrounding community. But signs of hope were quick to follow. Catholic Camp Manager, Andrew Fidziukiewicz, recounts an impressive series of events leading up to this much anticipated day. He shares their story below.

On January 13, 2021, we crowned the Camp Vista Chapel. As the sun rose over Camp Vista, two steeples, together weighing over three tons, were placed on the campground’s defining building. We anticipated this day for two years since the 2018 fire. The devastation and the loss were difficult for us all, but our faith was strong. We were determined to come back and become even better than before.

Rebuilding began on March 13, 2020. C.D. Smith Construction broke ground almost simultaneously as the COVID-19 pandemic was announced from the White House. The chapel construction was completed in a mere ten months. Seeing what we were able to achieve during a global pandemic is unbelievable! What was once a hole in the ground, and a hole in the hearts of many, has been filled with the development of this beautiful structure. 

C.D. Smith Construction services Camp Vista Chapel building project management steeple crowning crane schedule

This iconic Chapel in the serene Kettle Moraine Forest will surely become a community landmark. 

The success of this project is largely thanks to our collaboration with C.D. Smith Construction. The efforts and guidance from Jeff Redman (Project Manager), Kris Thome (Jobsite Superintendent), along with their crew and trade partners, have been remarkable. They got the job done and did it right.

This unique project's other features include exposed wood beams, 160-person pew seating, accent stone walls and a choir loft above the pews for an ideal acoustic environment. Discover more details about everything C.D. Smith delivered as construction manager for this beautiful new chapel from the Camp Vista project profile page in our website's Your Industry section.

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