Sacred Heart of Jesus

City: San Jose
Size: 7000 square feet
Services: Interior Architecture, Construction Administration, Permitting
Client: Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish
Project Types: Civic & Faith



A complete renovation of one of the biggest churches in the San Jose Diocese

Seating nearly 700 people, The Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Church serves the Willow Glen and the San José communities. Built in the 1930s, the remodel touched almost every aspect of the church, modernizing it while maintaining its historic charm and addressing circulation issues. Replacing the carpeting with Brazilian hardwood floors and the altar with Italian marble gave a more authentic and honest feel. New lighting and updated finishes increased the appeal and function of the spaces. The design team worked with the arts and environment committee of the diocese to update niches and bring new statuary. Throughout the project, the community provided input on materials and plans. When the final project, brought in under budget, was presented to them, feedback was overwhelmingly positive and supportive.

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Scott Knies

Our staff and partners enjoyed working with Ramiro and his team, finding them easy to communicate with, open to trying new things, and responsive to feedback from all of the project participants. Topa is a reliable, flexible, and community-minded firm that helped downtown San Jose realize a wonderful project.

Scott Knies, CEO
San Jose Downtown Association

Father Joe Kim

TOPA has gone way beyond my expectations in the quality, response, and most importantly execution. They are a team-minded group and have been great to work with contractors and clients alike. If you want to get anything done in a timely manner that involves permits, go with TOPA.

Father Joe Kim, Pastor
Saint John Vianney Parish + School

Adam Tafralis

Working with TOPA has been an excellent experience. TOPA puts a great level of detail into being a great partner throughout the entire process from start to finish. TOPA’s experienced team consistently worked with great success through the ever changing construction development, permitting and design stages.

Adam Tafralis, Business Development Specialist
South Bay Construction

Marie Millares

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Marie Millares, Facility Director

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