Reid Herlihy has substantial experience working in the construction industry for major institutions in the Washington, D.C., area.
When the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Va.
, needed a director for its construction program in 2006, Herlihy
was tapped to take the role after running the building program for nearby George Mason University for 20 years.
Herlihy, now the director of the diocese's office of planning, design and construction, has overseen numerous projects during his tenure, including the three highlighted by Building & Construction Northeast.
says that it is the first non-residential building seen upon arrival from that direction.
The parish is employing the adaptive reuse of numerous materials and artifacts from several vacated Catholic churches along the East Coast.
For instance, the altar, several shrines and the reredos are coming from a deconsecrated church is New Jersey.
"A lot of older churches in the Northeast are no longer being used for worship," Herlihy
"Everything worked out quite well, especially considering the extreme topography that required a lot of dirt to move in the construction of the playing fields," Herlihy
has developed numerous residential projects in the past, this was his
first at designing a retirement community.
says they had to be sensitive to the needs of healthy senior citizens, which influenced the selection of furniture, fixtures and finishes.