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How Renovation Can Lead to Team Productivity

At Professional Building Services (PBS), we’ve successfully designed and executed many commercial renovations over the years. We’ve experienced firsthand the positive change a renovation can have on the overall mood and functionality of a space.

When was the last time you invested in the look and feel of your workspace? Has it become outdated or does it feel uninspired? Maybe you’ve considered renovating but you’re not sure if your return on investment will be worthwhile. As a business owner, your workplace is the visual representation of your company and should be inviting to everyone who steps inside. This includes both your team and customers of the business. By periodically renovating your space, you’re investing in the long-term growth of your business and your team.

A Happy Team is a More Productive Team

There are many benefits to having a happy team. Arguably, one of the biggest benefits is higher productivity. Harvard Business Review calls this the “Happiness Dividend”. Their research found that having happy employees raises sales by an average of 37%, productivity by 31%, and accuracy on tasks by 19%. Those are dramatic results! Although strong leadership, internal programs and benefits all contribute to these numbers, having an inviting and functional space where your team feels energized, motivated and at peace is equally important.

How to Improve Your Commercial Space

At PBS, we have been blessed with many great partnerships over the years on projects ranging from commercial and industrial facilities, to churches, to dental/medical practices and recreational facilities. Project success begins in the early planning and development stage. From the beginning, we listen to our customer’s desires and develop a plan that will ultimately streamline the renovation process while carefully navigating the logistics of an often occupied environment.

There are many different ways you can improve the productivity and functionality of your space. Below are a few examples.

  • Add conference rooms and other group work areas
  • Add a “brain break” room with activities that increase blood flow and spark creativity
  • Create an open floor plan by eliminating walls that create unnecessary barriers
  • Install additional windows for added sunlight
  • Invest in updated furniture, fixtures and fresh paint

There are many factors that go into renovating a successful commercial space. A few updates, big or small, can make a huge difference. For more information, please contact our team at 855.672.4010 or click here. We look forward to discussing how we may serve you.

 

The Clear Path to a Successful Building Project

As you begin to plan for your new building or expansion, it is important that you form an understanding of what you want to accomplish through the construction. As planning begins, we help guide you by listening and asking questions which will help to establish a framework for our planning, design and construction process.

Generally speaking, an owner or perhaps a few key leaders will be the ones making the decision on the direction of this new facility or expansion. Your design-build partner then serves in essence as your quarterback for the development of a plan that will accomplish your intended objective in building. Needs and wants will be filtered for priority consistent with your budget. As your project begins to take shape, form will meet function leading to a design that meets your needs and is within budget.

The specific role of your design-builder is to provide guidance. It is imperative that you empower your design-build partner to provide the input and guidance you have sought relating to the appropriate steps to bring your project to fruition. Be open about an established and attainable budget range which will save considerable time and lead to more accurate planning for your benefit. For some reason owners will occasionally choose to withhold an answer to the question of budget for fear of your design-build partner seeking to maximize your budget. If this fear is present, you have the wrong partner. Allowing your trusted professionals to be equipped with as much information about your business as possible will allow them to guide you through the process. 

Empower your trusted design-build partner to take the reins for you allowing your time to be focused on growing your business….keeping the main thing, the main thing.

In short, a successful building project will be the result of open and transparent communication among all involved. Once again, it is imperative that you meet and speak openly with your design-builder. Trust them…Rely on them…..If you don’t, do not hire them. On most occasions you are entering into a partnership that will mature over quite a few months, and occasionally years. Our desire is to help guide you through the planning, design and construction process in a seamless and transparent manner. We’re here to help you. Before you begin planning please give us a call.

PBS is experienced in the planning, design and construction of many different types of facilities including a portfolio of successful commercial, industrial, church and municipal projects. To take advantage of our FREE Planning Guide click here or for more information contact our team at 855.672.4010 or click here. We look forward to serving you.

 

The Clear Path to a Successful Church Building Project

As you begin to dream about the future of your ministry, it is imperative that the leadership has unity in the type of ministry or outreach it desires to be before you can accurately plan for your facility.  Once unity is established you can then begin to clearly plan what type of building, renovation or expansion will be best.  As planning begins, our approach is to guide the leadership through an informational discovery process, first by listening and then asking clarifying questions which helps to establish a framework for a more seamless process.

Generally speaking, a building team is formed to represent the ideas and vision of the greater whole of the ministry.  Your church builder is then empowered to act as your quarterback for the development of an appropriate plan to carry out your vision.  Needs and wants will be filtered for priority consistent with budget.  As your project begins to take shape, form will meet function leading to a design that meets your needs, is within budget, and allows for long term growth.

The specific role of the design-builder brought in by the ministry is to provide guidance.  It is imperative that you empower your church builder to provide the input and guidance you have sought relating to the appropriate steps to bring your project to fruition.  Be open about an established and attainable budget range which will save considerable time and lead to more accurate planning for your benefit.  For some reason ministries often choose to reserve an accurate answer to the question of budget out of fear of your design-build partner maximizing your budget.  If this is the case; you have the wrong partner.  Allowing the professionals, equipped with as much information about the ministry as possible will help streamline the process of planning, design and construction.  Every so often we will come across leaders who have “studied” up on the processes of design and construction.  While there is good insight available from Google, books and other resources; wouldn’t it make sense to grow into a trusting relationship with a firm that has vast experience in projects similar to yours?

While there is good insight available from Google, books and other resources; wouldn’t it make sense to grow into a trusting relationship with a firm that has vast experience in projects similar to yours?

For example, studying up on surgery before you experience it doesn’t mean you will tell a surgeon how to perform what he does each and every day.  You are simply more aware of what “could” be.  Allow your trusted design-build firm with years of experience to take the reins for you. 

In short, and as no surprise, a successful building project will be the result of great communication among all involved.  It is imperative that you meet and talk openly with your design-builder.  Trust them…Rely on them….If you don’t….Do Not Hire them.  On most occasions you are entering a marriage for the better part of a few years.  Our desire is to help guide you through the planning, design and construction process in a seamless and transparent manner.  We’re here to help you.  Before you make any plans, please give us a call. 

PBS is experienced in the planning, design and construction of many different types of facilities including a portfolio of successful church, commercial, industrial and municipal projects.  For more information, please contact our team at 855.672.4010 or click here.  We look forward to discussing how we may serve you.

 

Construction within an Occupied Environment

Suncrest Christian Church out of St. John, Indiana approached PBS to renovate and add on to their existing lobby area and worship center. The addition would span over 5,500 square feet while the renovation would cover over 12,000 square feet. The unique challenge of this project was that the facility had to be fully functional every Thursday night and Sunday morning for worship gatherings throughout the duration of the construction. Fortunately for both parties, PBS has been blessed to help many churches and businesses manage similar logistical challenges over the years.

As is typical to most all of our projects, their success is often determined in the planning stages. A detailed plan must be put in place to ensure construction work can carry on with minimal interference to regular operations. Logistical planning was essential for this project. Whether providing temporary access points, transitional areas for gathering or temporary staging following the complete demolition and rebuild of the main worship area platform; safety and efficiency were always key priorities. Maintaining close communication with staff and the entire construction team through multiple channels of communication are critical to ensuring all remain on the same page. While it is generally never easy and takes patience by all involved (including the congregation), there are always solutions to achieve the plan.

As mentioned, during the construction phase consistent communication with those we have partnered with is vital to the success of your project. Chris Correlli, Worship Arts Pastor describes his experience: “Throughout the week and even sometimes on weekends, PBS made themselves present and available to us. So any questions we had could be asked and any snags could be worked through as quickly as possible; and that was really invaluable.” In the end, the result is a beautiful, fully-functioning facility that will continue to serve Suncrest’s ministry for years to come.

“Throughout the week and even sometimes on weekends, PBS made themselves present and available to us. So any questions we had could be asked and any snags could be worked through as quickly as possible; and that was really invaluable.”

As your church builder, our desire is to help guide you through this process in a seamless and transparent manner. We’re here to help. Before you make any plans, please give us a call. PBS Companies is experienced in the planning, design and construction of many different types of facilities including a portfolio of successful church, commercial, industrial and municipal projects. For more information, please contact our team at 855.672.4010 or click here. We look forward to discussing how we may serve you.

Planning for a Successful Renovation

Partnering with Christian Church of Clarendon Hills through the design and construction of their newly expanded student and multi-purpose ministry space was an honor for PBS. Christian Church of Clarendon Hills (CCCH) approached PBS as they were making plans to accommodate their continued growth. This was the second project that we partnered with them on.

One of the challenges the ministry was faced with was having to manage the cost of this project carefully because of their desire to accomplish it without debt service. J.K. Stevens, Executive Minister of CCCH explains, “This meant taking the initially desired plan and value engineering the design to focus on the most important parts of the needed space. PBS helped us accomplish that goal, getting their own trade leaders involved so that we knew real costs and not just rough estimates of what our costs may be.”

Any time you embark on an expansion that involves occupied space there are going to be inherent logistical challenges. Careful planning and close communication are generally the key elements necessary to successfully navigate your way through and around these obstacles.

"We’re so grateful that PBS was our partner through this process. The entire team was a joy to work with. Their on-site management team kept us appraised at every step and when things needed to be resolved we worked together to get them done,” adds Stevens.

Our desire is to help guide you through this process in a seamless and transparent manner. We’re here to help. Before you make any plans, please give us a call. PBS Companies is experienced in the planning, design and construction of many different types of facilities including a portfolio of successful commercial, industrial, municipal and church projects. For more information, please contact our team at 855.672.4010 or click here. We look forward to discussing how we may serve you.