Prescott Campus


Haas Interfaith Chapel Wins Architectural Award

Prescott, AZ, October 9, 2009

The Fred and Fay Haas Memorial Interfaith Chapel at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Prescott campus was honored with a merit award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New England Region Oct. 3.

Among 18 winning projects announced at the organization's annual conference in Portsmouth, N.H., the chapel was the only one located outside of New England. Architect Patrick Kane, principal of Kane Architecture of East Hardwick, Vt., shared the design award with his brother, Prescott-based Landscape Architect T. Barnabas Kane.

Calling the design "refreshingly modest yet powerful," jurors applauded its elemental approach and compared it to Frank Lloyd Wright's 1951 Wayfarer's Chapel, located in Palos Verdes, Calif., and to the 1956 Chapel of the Holy Cross, in Sedona. "With an almost equally spectacular site, the work modestly conveys the notion that the building should take second place to the landscape while yet calling attention to the latter's great beauty," jurors commented.

Completed in 2008 with a construction cost of $1 million, the chapel accommodates 100 people and includes a sanctuary, meditation rooms, an office and support space. A large expanse of South-facing windows optimizes sweeping vistas of the Arizona high desert, filling the sanctuary with light and creating a feeling of seclusion, though the chapel is located at the edge of a 1960s-era suburban college campus.

Energy efficiency and comfort are addressed with deep roof overhangs and passive ventilation, which cut cooling tonnage in half. The building also uses energy-efficient lighting, minimal site disturbance, solar glazing and passive ventilation, native species plantings, local materials and low-VOC/high-recycled-content finishes. Several Prescott-area contractors were involved in the chapel's construction.

A total of 271 entries were submitted to the competition by architects based in the New England states for projects located anywhere in the world, and by firms outside New England for projects located in the region.
Architecture firms from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont were among the winners for projects located in all six New England states, plus Arizona.

The Chapel is located on the Southeast corner of the campus located at 3700 Willow Creek Road in Prescott, AZ. Embry-Riddle's Prescott campus is situated on over 500 acres was established in 1978 and has a student population of 1,650 students in graduate and undergraduate programs. Photos and more information about the chapel and other winning projects are available at the AIA New England Web site,

About Kane Architecture
Kane Architecture is an architectural design firm located in East Hardwick, Vt. It specializes in simple, elegant and efficient buildings. The firm designs residential, commercial and institutional projects. For more information, call Patrick Kane at 802-472-5934.

About T. Barnabas Kane & Associates
T. Barnabas Kane & Assoc. is a landscape architecture firm based in Prescott, AZ. Landscape Architect Barnabas Kane enjoys more than 25 years of experience creating regionally appropriate landscapes that generate vital habitat. Specializing in sustainable planning, integrated design and water management for the arid Southwest, the firm is a regular collaborator on commercial, mixed-use, educational, public and residential projects. Kane also promotes the role of landscape design in planning and construction through presentations at professional conferences, educational seminars and other events. For more about the firm, visit

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