The Importance of Knowing Your Client

Spirit of Grace Church, Coon Rapids, MN

So you’re ready to get started on the project you’ve been dreaming about for years? That’s great! We can’t wait to work with you! But before we get started, we want to know about you so that we can make the process of creating your building go as smoothly as possible. 

Why is getting to know you so important to us? Just like any other company who works to serve a variety of clients, we want to bring our very best to the table when it comes to helping you create the space you’ve been dreaming about. While there are a few obvious reasons we want to get to know you (such as the fact that we’ll be working right alongside you!), there are a few other reasons why we believe it’s important to get to know our clients above and beyond their basic needs.

Your space needs to be truly yours. Whether you’re looking to renovate a church or a credit union, you know that you aren’t the only church or credit union out there. While you may not refer to others as “competitors,” you know that you need to stand apart to make yourself known so that you won’t be confused with anyone else. This is one reason why it’s important that we get to know you. Apart from providing you with the necessities, we want to learn your brand and your story so that we can reflect that in your space through its details and design.

It’s also important that we know our clients because we want to understand how you work and communicate. While we strive to be efficient with our timelines, we also realize that every project is unique, and sometimes, unexpected issues arise. By getting to know you, we can get a feel for your work and communication style which can help prevent any misunderstandings and miscommunication. 

At Vanman Architects and Builders, we actively participate in getting to know our clients through listening and collaborating. We ask our clients questions such as “what is on your wishlist?” to get them dreaming about what they truly want incorporated into their space. From defining current and future goals to establishing a budget that we stick to, we are your partner and advocate from start to finish. We put time and effort into getting to know both you and your project. Are you ready to see your dream space become a reality? Contact us today to learn about how we can come alongside you and work with you to see your building come to life! 

Build New or Add On?

River Valley Church, Apple Valley, MN

Many congregations face the question of moving or staying. Moving can be emotional and disruptive, yet staying may leave the congregation with no way for change or growth of the ministry. 

An Architectural Feasibility Study can layout the options of cost, program, and building design. A Facility Feasibility Study, while helpful in determining the building and program options, will not answer the question of a vision for the church. The Church leadership will need to determine the essential question of “what is God’s plan for this church?”

Here are a few things to consider when you are trying to determine to build new or add on:

1. Existing Site

Is your existing space large enough? Is the location suitable? Is adjacent land available? What is the resale value? What are the demographic considerations?

2. Existing Facility 

What is the condition of the existing facility? What is the cost of upgrading the facility? Is the existing facility ministry friendly? Or can it be made ministry friendly? Is the building accessible? Or can it be made accessible? Is the building energy efficient and environmentally safe?

3. Ministry Goals 

What is the vision for the program and ministry? Can the existing facility serve the ministry? Where is the mission field of the church?

4. Intangible Factors 

Can the congregation break with the past? Does the congregation have motivation to move? 

A new building initially can be shaped to serve the ministry. As the facility ages, the building begins to shape the ministry. A building is only a tool for a greater work to be done in the lives of people. 

Vanman Architects and Builders can walk you through this process. Reach out to us today, let’s start a conversation!