Church Design-Build Entities

Design-Build construction is one of the most popular topics in architecture today.  This ‘turn-key’ method of project delivery is gaining preference amongst commercial construction projects due to speed requirements and budgetary restrictions.  Churches looking into expansion and new construction projects should consider this effective method of construction.  However, not all design-build entities are the same.  There are three main forms of delivery: a fully-integrated architecturally-led design-build firm, two companies merged into a single entity, and the architect at the construction firm. 
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Contracts For Your Church Construction Project

Church Construction has many facets that define it from other forms of construction.  This is why it is best to work with a contractor who is familiar with church construction.  Most churches will want to stay open, so that they can continue to serve the community, and the contractor must be prepared to work safely around an open construction site.  When choosing a church construction firm, there are three main options of construction contract: Design-Bid-Build, Construction Manager, and Design-Build.

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Church Interior Design: The Intersection of Fellowship and Elegance

As architects, our goals reside in combining the aesthetic with the practical, meeting the client’s goals, and bringing to fruition their vision of the building. One of the major aspects of accomplishing this comes when it is time to plan the church interior design. From color schemes to space proportions, we are eager to craft an interior that welcomes admirers and worshipers alike. Churches have some very distinct needs when it comes to designing your interior. Here are some considerations unique to the craft:
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“You just sign church building plans, right?”

This question has come up multiple times throughout our years as a company and the answer is always, unequivocally, no.  We cannot simply sign plans that someone’s cousin’s best friend drew up.  We have had people ask us to sign off on building plans in the past, but there is not an established fee for signing plans brought in to our office because we will not sign them.

There is more to a project than a simple ink signature.  Who originally designed the project?  As the design of the building is considered intellectual property and covered by copyright law, to sign means to claim. This can introduce all forms of liability and infringement, a risk for which the architect will not be compensated. 
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The Things Your Church Architect Should Know

Knowing that the expert you are hiring is experienced in your type of project is one of the biggest concerns a church building committee should consider.  Many church committees ask our firm how they know we will not leave them with an unbuildable project.  On Vanman’s part, our record speaks for itself, but we know that not everyone can hire us.  For those who want to help ensure buildability and a positive experience, consider this: help your architect.
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