Finding Peace

Overcoming Fear / An encouraging word from Dr. Charles Stanley

Many people think the opposite of fear is hope, courage, or strength. The true opposite of fear is really faith. When fear causes paralysis, it not only quenches one’s peace, but it attacks the foundation of that peace—namely, our faith. Peace goes out the window when fear is present.

Much of fear is rooted in doubt that God will be present, provide justice or help, or be capable of dealing with the crisis at hand. Faith says, “Yes, God is here. Yes, God will provide. Yes, God is capable of all things!”

Much of fear is rooted in threats—sometimes threatening words, sometimes threatening behavior. Faith says, “I will not be traumatized by threats.

Much of fear is rooted in threats—sometimes threatening words, sometimes threatening behavior. Faith says, “I will not be traumatized by threats. I will act wisely, not fearfully. I believe God will prevent whatever the threat is from ever coming to pass. And if the threat does come to pass, I believe God will help me deal with whatever is thrown at me.”

When Saul, king of Israel, realized that God had taken His hand of anointing and blessing from him (because of his arrogance and disobedience) and had placed it instead upon the young man, David, he was furious. He began a campaign to find David and kill him—to remove this threat from his life (1 Sam. 19). On the other hand, David felt threatened by Saul’s army and on several occasions feared for his life. But Scripture tells us that David was strengthened by God’s promises to protect him and one day make him king of Israel.
In our modern world, we often read of people who, in spite of intimidation by disease, accident, or danger, pressed ahead to uncertain outcomes—rejection, defeat, and, yes, sometimes victory. Arctic explorers, Olympic athletes, missionaries, venture capitalists, and philanthropists come to mind. So threats do not have to stymie and cripple us.

Our challenge in times of threat is not to focus on what might become a reality, but rather, to focus on what we can count on being true.

Many people are living under a dark cloud of threat today. Some are experiencing the threat of disease, some are facing the threats of injury to their children, and some are hearing threats related to the loss of their job.

The answer to all these types of threats is faith in what we know to be true about God and about His love and care for us and His ability to provide for all we need—especially His peace, which can help carry us through anything.

Celebrating 30 Years of Service

PBS is excited to announce our 30th anniversary. Thank you to you, our customers to whom we owe a great deal. Wonderful friendships have begun and continue over these many years. Looking ahead, we see many new relationships beginning. It is especially gratifying when asked to design and build again with companies who are experiencing success and growth in their field. It is an honor to celebrate that together.

Looking ahead, we will continue to fulfill our mission:

PBS is a design-build firm dedicated to providing solutions that focus on integrity and consistency while building authentic relationships in order to exceed our customers' expectations.

For 30 years, we have nurtured a reputation built on trust, honesty and quality. We will continue to pursue those qualities into the future. Thank you again for your friendship, business and support!

The PBS Team

Why Hiring the Lowest Bidder is a Terrible Idea

Adapted from our friends at Dow Smith


We often see owners hiring architects to design a building or a specialized facility, then choosing the least expensive builder to construct it.

If you needed heart surgery, would you ask your friends who the least expensive surgeon is? Of course not! You would want to find the best qualified surgeon to ensure the best outcome—the one who has performed that same surgery time and time again with positive results.

Choosing a commercial building contractor is no different. But, we often see owners hiring architects to design a building or a specialized facility, then choosing the least expensive builder to construct it.

Here are 5 reasons why choosing the lowest bidder can actually end up costing you more time and money:

1. Choosing the lowest bidder does not ensure you have chosen the contractor with the most experience or the highest standards to build your type of project.

2. To keep costs low in an effort to win the bid, some contractors will “squeeze” their subcontractors to force their numbers lower. You have heard the saying, “You get what you pay for.” Subcontractors forced to reduce their numbers to win the contract and remain in the good graces of the general contractor may cut corners to remain profitable.

3. Contractors, subcontractors and materials suppliers can interpret the architect’s specifications and drawings very differently. So, one bidder can be significantly lower than another. The owner believes they are comparing apples-to-apples, but in reality, the lowest bidder may not be accurately estimating the project. Sadly, the owner usually discovers this much later in the process through change orders, which leads me to my next point…

4. Choosing the lowest bidder can often end up in disputes, which can cause litigation, delayed schedules, increased costs and shoddy workmanship.

5. Without the contractor’s input during the design phase, the actual bid can’t be determined until the design phase is complete and the project has been sent out to bid. This is typically where the owner is shocked to find out that the project cannot be constructed within their budget. This can result in the project being scrapped altogether, or having to go back to the architect to redesign the project to bring it back into budget. Again, more time and money lost and lots of headaches for the owner.

How should you choose your contractor?

Ideally, we highly recommend that the owner contract with their builder early during the design phase. In the best case scenario, we recommend that the owner hire a design build firm that will understand the owners goals and objectives and implement both design and budget goals early in the process.

You should choose your contractor based upon capabilities, experience, honesty and reputation within the community. You should also research who the best contractors are for the type of project you plan to build and interview those contractors BEFORE the design stage. Why? A competent general contractor will provide accurate cost estimating, value-engineering and other technical construction expertise through the concept and design stages that can help ensure the success of the project from the very beginning.

A Design Build contractor will work to achieve the design you want…one that can actually be built on the chosen site and within your budget. A contractor who knows that their future (and repeat client) work can be earned based upon quality workmanship, effective communication and top performance rather than their skill at low-balling an estimate is a contractor who will deliver a successful project for you on time and within your budget. When you follow this path, you gain a partner who is just as much interested in your success as their own. Have a project in mind? PBS can help you. If you have any questions please contact our design-build team at 855.672.4010 or click here. We look forward to serving you!

The Practice of Church Design-Build

by Carol Badaracco Padgett of Church.Design

"I'm here to talk about the connection of faith and works," said keynote speaker Erik Cooper with The Stone Table based in Indianapolis. The Stone Table is a resource community for faith, work and missions. Cooper's talk kicked off the 2019 annual meeting of the National Association of Church Design Builders (NACDB), Sept. 10-11, in the business offices of the Texas Rangers Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

NACDB is a nationwide association of construction-related specialists that consult, design and build churches.

Cooper's talk encouraged the nearly 65 committed companies represented at the annual meeting to focus on design-build in a team framework operating on the concept of faith and works.

Church.Design spoke with NACDB Executive Director Meghan Williams about the organization's purpose and mission--and where church design is headed moving forward.

The Practice Of Church Design Build Meghan

Church.Design: When you break it down to its fundamental mission and function, what does the NACDB do?

Williams: We connect like-minded firms by educating and equipping them to serve and provide resources to faith-based markets and customers. Our vision is to integrate biblical values into the creation of facilities that positively impact the Kingdom of God.

Church.Design: How do architects, builders, interior designers and AV consultants benefit from being an NACDB member, on a business level?

Williams: Due to the continuing education and 'iron that sharpens iron' that occurs between each NACDB member, the personal and professional growth that members experience is always noted as their most valued benefit. In addition, they have the opportunity to highlight their craft and position themselves as experts in the field with other NACDB members and churches.

Church.Design: Are there special things that a church is looking for from a design and building partner, aside from what a secular company might look for?

Williams: NACDB’s standard of integrating biblical values into the creation of facilities is an outspoken principle behind every project we take on and one that many secular companies cannot compare.

One of NACDB’s core values is excellence, and this goes beyond the secular definition of excellence. NACDB defines excellence as ‘we are employed by God and He deserves our best in all we do.’ This is a value that churches can get behind because the focus is not on creating a building with beautiful features, the focus is on creating a space where people can meet and experience God.

Church.Design: How is NACDB preparing for the future of church design and building, and what does that look like in terms of your offerings to your members? In addition, what will your style of guidance look like as executive director?

Williams: We understand that every church is different. Many churches may look the same [to] an outsider, but the way in which the spaces are utilized for a church’s ministry varies from one facility to another. That is why it is so important to have a team of experienced designers and builders to come together to work with the church’s leadership to determine their ‘why’ before jumping into a building project.

As the executive director, it is my job to fulfill the association’s mission and vision while remaining the church’s ‘go-to resource’ for all church design and build needs. This means I need to be on top of recruiting and maintaining members of the highest standards of excellence, integrity and commitment to expanding the Kingdom of God.

Church.Design: What are the aspects of church design-build (putting the two disciplines together under one roof) that you believe are most beneficial to churches?

Williams: Our member Kurt Williams of T&W Church Solutions out of Indianapolis describes it this way, "Design-Build has continued to grow as a delivery system due to the simple fact that it protects churches from the unfortunate statistics and pain that the traditional approach of Design-Bid-Build produces, due to the lack of collaboration and adversarial alignment:

  • 50% of churches have an expensive set of plans that they will never build … due primarily to initial budget bust
  • The average cost overrun on a church project is in excess of 25% from the original bid
  • Construction is still the second most litigated industry, behind medical

When the entire team (owner, designer, builder, key consultants and engineers) are at the table together, collaborating and seeking to find the best solution for the church, the creative solutions (that are buildable and economical) are boundless. Design-Build is truly a team effort."

Church.Design: Are all your members structured as design-build firms, or are there standalone architecture and building firms?

Williams: Our membership covers several industries. We are structured with design-build firms, architecture firms, security specialists, sign and theming specialists, café vendors, marketing experts, audio/visual/lighting specialists, capital campaign consultants, church financing and law services.

[Again,] 'iron sharpening iron.' All of our members are vetted and board-approved, so we feel comfortable working together and recommending members to churches across the nation. We meet throughout the year to fellowship and discuss market trends and best practices. We offer a Certified Church Consultant program to our members to educate them on the building needs of the church. And we continually share information on how to best design and build for today’s church.

Church.Design: What does the future of church design look like to you, leading into 2020?

Williams: There are several directions we see churches taking with their design, according to Ravi Waldon of Waldon Studio Architects. Here's a list he provides:

  • We are seeing the old line denominational churches consolidating and either trying to renovate existing space to reflect a more contemporary worship attitude and/or dispose of old real estate.
  • Security and design have really become a prime focus. Over time, these design elements will become more subtle and integrated into the design.
  • Environmental graphics and interior design are becoming more sophisticated.
  • We are seeing improvements from the relationship of the building to nature, further enhancing spaces for community and fellowship.
  • Worship experiential design is increasingly important from the AVL technology utilization standpoint but at the same time, worship space design itself is returning to a more sacred space feeling--but in a modern way.
  • In order to be more engaged in the community, churches continue to explore new ventures such as skilled care and independent senior living, affordable housing, adult day care or K-12 academies. These ventures develop a continued revenue stream given the expense of real estate in communities today.
  • Churches in general are getting smaller in size. Mostly below 1,500 seats. A lot of this has to do with the trend to multisite. This allows for better community and less investment in large infrastructure.
  • There has also been a turn towards a more mixed-use approach. Churches are becoming less insular in their engagement with their communities. They are starting to build facilities with the community in mind, instead of just creating space for their congregation.

Church.Design: Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Williams: Our [ultimate] goal is to help the church navigate the building process. Our members have hundreds of years of collaborative experience in the church building market. Each one of our members believes that the church building should be built around ministry. [Churches] have a mission, a vision and a purpose that is unique--and [they] should continue to focus on that throughout the building process.

The NACDB’s job is to show the different building methods, best practices and the ways [they] might be able to save money and connect to our board-approved, vetted members from across the country.


Achieving “Ground Breaking” Success

In early October, PBS participated in the ground breaking ceremony for Rhino Baseball’s new indoor training facility at 301 Gregory Court in Shorewood, IL. When it opens, it will provide baseball players with advanced training and development, while preparing them for their future endeavors.

Representing PBS at the ceremony were Chad Charon, vice president, Bryan Reiser, vice president of operations and Brad Podowski, marketing manager. They were joined, among others, by Greg Blaesing, president of Rhino Baseball, Andrew Tehako, co-owner/operations manager of Rhino, Kelley Chrisse of the Village of Shorewood, plan commission board members and village board members to officially break ground on the property.

“Choosing PBS for this design-build was the best decision we could have made,” said Greg Blaesing. 

“From our first meeting with PBS, Chad, Bryan, Erik and the rest of the staff have been amazing and their customer service second to none. Choosing PBS for this design-build was the best decision we could have made,” said Greg Blaesing. This project has involved close communications between Rhino Baseball and PBS as a single source of delivery between owner and the PBS design-build team. “By taking the time together to carefully plan a facility which will inevitably be a tool for the expansion of what is already an incredible program, this design-build process has allowed Rhino Baseball to ensure that what was being designed would meet their needs as well as overall budget,” said Chad Charon.

When complete, the 50,000 square-foot state of the art facility, designed and built by PBS, will include a major league-sized clear span infield, a 60 yard dash track, long toss area, 6 full length batting cages, a weight room, and a classroom.

“We shopped our project around to a number of different design-build companies. Ultimately we chose PBS because they were competitively priced, their whole staff was responsive and engaged, and they truly care for their customers long-term success,” said Blaesing. PBS is honored to be in partnership with Rhino Baseball and working alongside the Village of Shorewood to bring this state-of-the-art facility to life.

PBS is experienced in the planning, design and construction of many different types of facilities throughout Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, including a portfolio of successful commercial, industrial, church and municipal projects. If you have any questions please contact our design-build team at 855.672.4010 or click here. We look forward to serving you!