When the Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral is finished next year, its dome will rise nearly 150 feet atop a hill off Western Boulevard west of downtown.
For now, though, workers are assembling the dome on the ground, next to the steel skeleton of what will be the mother church for the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh. The dome will be hoisted into place atop the building at a date that has not yet been determined, said Cara Greening, the business development director for Clancy & Theys Construction Company, the general contractor for the project.
The dome itself is about 64 feet high and will weigh about 160 tons when it is lifted into place, Greening said. It will be the highest point on the cathedral, eclipsing a bell tower that will flank the central section of the church near the main entrance.
The cathedral will seat about 2,000 people, more than six times as many as Sacred Heart Cathedral downtown that it will replace. Work on the $41 million project began last spring and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2017.