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 design-build partner 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 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 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.