At this stage of your church’s building program you are still gathering  general information about your mission, who you are as a church, future programs and ministry needs, etc. Yet there is one more information gathering exercise that the church can conduct. It entails performing surveys.
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Today we begin an entirely new leg of our journey in planning, funding and building your church project, as we go inside the buildings to examine specific space requirements. We will identify the primary life areas of a church that influence space requirements, and then look at the related recommendations.

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Monday, 01 March 2010 19:00

ASK THE ARCHITECT: Build now!

Conditions affecting construction costs have only become more favorable for the builder since last spring; and we all know that lending rates are still near historic lows.
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Saturday, 06 February 2010 19:00

ASK THE ARCHITECT: Forming a building committee

Let’s continue the thought of last month’s article in which we established the commitment to follow God’s lead first and then identified building program generators. Simply stated, such a program begins when we recognize needs. Any one or more indicators (growth, shifting demographics, changing program, etc.) will start the water boiling.

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What is this town hall meeting all about? Last month I promised a discussion on the purpose and format for a successful town hall meeting that should be sandwiched between those building committee workshops.

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So you’re ready to build? Ah, now the fun begins! You have already recognized the need to build, formed the building committee and even selected a few subcommittees. And you have appointed that all-important prayer committee  to undergird your journey.

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As the building committee works in unison with the architect to communicate the church’s mission, to identify qualitative and functional site requirements and to also identify building programmatic areas, certain subcommittees (or task forces if you prefer) will be needed.
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As your building committee journeys through the program workshops with your architect, a concurrent exercise should include a comprehensive look at existing facilities. Know what you have! An existing facilities condition survey conducted by your architect is an invaluable tool.

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Monday, 15 November 2010 19:00

ASK THE ARCHITECT: Sacred spaces and places

We begin with the profound question: Can we design a space with assurance that it will be perceived as a sacred place by those who experience it? Even more profound is this awesome yet humbling responsibility we have, as architects, to interpret the physical expression of a spiritual connection with God.
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Thursday, 30 June 2011 20:00

ASK THE ARCHITECT: Master plan components

Over the course of the past several months we have been examining the technical criteria that shape a master plan. Those criteria are forces -- physical, environmental, legal or otherwise -- that must be addressed. Now let’s look at what you should expect to see in a master plan -- as an illustrated response to those design-shaping forces.
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