Diocese of Fresno – St. Rita Catholic Church

Project overview

Originally constructed as a mission chapel in 1945, St. Rita Catholic Church has been a parish since 1967. To continue to serve its growing community, the Diocese of Fresno hired Vanir to provide construction management services to expand the Church into a 24,000-square-foot, five-building complex. The Church was completed in two phases and includes:

  • A main sanctuary with seating for 1,539 parishioners and space for the nave, narthex, predella, sacristy and restrooms
  • A youth center/multipurpose room with a kitchen, classrooms and bathrooms
  • A two-story classroom building
  • A parish office for Church staff
  • A rectory building with on-site living for church leaders

Improvements were also made to the site, including 286 paved parking spaces, landscaping, trash enclosures, a hardscape plaza and religious monuments.

Tulare, California
Diocese of Fresno

Phase 1 Design-Build Architect: Jonathan Zumwalt

Phase 2 Design-Build Architect: Jeff Blagg Construction


Phase 1 Design-Build Contractor: Seals Construction

Phase 2 Design-Build Contractor: Jeff Blagg Construction

Square Footage
24,000 SF
Construction Cost
$7.3 Million
Start Date
Completion Date