CAMBRIDGE, MA–The new Cambridge Stake Center, recently dedicated in Kendall Square, marks a growing trend in church building in urban areas.

The 36,000 square-foot, two-story building, built in a constricted site in close proximity to neighbors in a commercial/industrial area is very different than the typical LDS meeting house.  The usual requirement for ground level parking for a church this size is provided by two levels of parking built 20 feet below grade.

The building includes a large and a small chapel, a multi-person recreation hall, classrooms and offices.  Seven different congregations meet in the building each Sunday.

The work was done by Consigli Construction, which was also tapped to provide emergency stabilization and repairs following a devastating three-alarm fire which displaced three congregations at the church’s Longfellow Park Meeting House.