Ascension’s Government Complex gives a modern look for a growing parish


615 E. Worthey Road, Gonzales

Photography by Tim Mueller

Owner: Ascension Parish
Architect: Mougeot Architecture
Contractor: SBS Construction
Cost: $6.5 million
Completed: November 2015
Use: Ascension Parish now has one of the newest, sleekest government office complexes in the Capital Region. Opened in November 2015 on the site of a former parish hospital, the Ascension Parish Government Complex consolidates multiple parish departments into one building measuring 33,500 square feet. Glass throughout the complex allows for plenty of natural light, which creates an inviting and modern feel. A large-scale parish map on one of the lobby’s walls highlights important landmarks in Ascension. The Parish President Conference Room includes an exterior deck with views of a cypress-lined pond, which East Ascension High School seniors jump into every spring as part of a school tradition.

FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION: “When we started the project with the parish government, one thing that they told us was that our parish is growing aggressively, and we want to give that sort of connection to our parish buildings, just to have a progressive, updated look, whereas all their current buildings are old, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s buildings. … We wanted it to have an inviting feel to it to where it draws people in, and we have two clerestories on it that pop up and give natural light.”

—David M. Mougeot, president and principal partner, Mougeot Architecture

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