Editor’s note: This article recently appeared in the April/May 2016 of Worship Facilities and describes the importance of maintaining strong relationships during every phase of the planning process.
Last year, Worship Facilities conducted a survey of church leaders who’d completed a construction project within the prior three years. Here is an in-depth look at one crucial finding — the importance of consultant selection.
Last year, Worship Facilities conducted a survey of church leaders who’d completed a construction project within the prior three years. One of the points we learned from their responses was how important it is to select a consultant (architect, design build firm, etc.), who’ll be a great fit.
One respondent stated they would do “better research and vet a design-build firm and insist on 3D computer modeling to check for plan fit.”
Another participant recommended churches, “select designers with a passion for the project and that will listen to the church. The lowest fee is not saving money in this case.”
When you embark on a new building or extensive remodeling project, you’ll spend a lot of time with the architectural and/or building firms you hire. This is the team of experts you’ll rely on to turn your vision into reality.
Since this relationship needs to be collaborative, we interviewed architects who’ve worked with churches to hear their perspective. We wanted to hear their recommendations for selecting a vendor and establishing a great relationship between church leadership and architect.
Here’s what we learned:
Tip #1: Look for a firm with experience working with church leaders
One church leader who responded to our survey recommended “Be patient and don’t rush into any one firm until you’ve been able to evaluate several contractors and visit sites they’ve completed and talk with staff to verify how their project went.”
David Strickland, Principal with CDH Partners recommends church leaders, “Select a good, experienced team who has worked with churches. If an architect or builder isn’t familiar with churches, you’ll have to spend time educating them on requirements and logistics that are specific to a church. If they have experience working with churches, it’ll make the project run much smoother and will establish a high level of confidence between groups (builder, architect and church).”
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Work is well underway at the construction site for historic Friendship Baptist Church in Atlanta. This new location on Walnut Street is adjacent to Morris Brown College and about four blocks from the church’s original location.
CDH Partners Project Manager Carine Kroko and firm Principal David Strickland were on site for a meeting and site tour with the Van Winkle construction team.
The site will take shape quickly once the drainage is in. Plans call for this new campus to be completed in the spring of 2017.
CDH Partners is the architectural design firm for the new historical Friendship Baptist Church. This drone footage was recently shot as construction at the new campus ramps up. Plans call for construction be completed in April 2017 in time for the church to celebrate it 155th year anniversary. Friendship is one of the oldest African-American churches in the city of Atlanta. The new 44,000 square foot church will contain state-of-the-art technology and a sanctuary that seats 500. The design for the Fellowship Hall will be flexible and contain a stage and room for over 450 people, while a smaller chapel will seat 200. The church will also contain educational and choir rehearsal space.
Work on the WellStar Vinings Health Park is underway! The facility is expected to be completed by fall of 2017 and cost an estimated $77 million. CDH Partners is the Architectural Design firm for the this new medical facility.
The 162,000-square-foot facility is located near the intersection of Atlanta Road and Cumberland Parkway, in the former Vinings/Perimeter Business Park.
Construction is underway on Dallas Memory Care located in Dallas, Georgia. CDH Partners is the Architectural Design firm for the this new state-of-the-art memory care facility, which is slated to open the first quarter in 2017.
The assisted-living memory care community will offer a caring, safe, secure, and home-like environment for its residents.
Architects for CDH Partners created a master plan that preserved much of the natural setting. This single-story 43,674 square foot facility is expected to cost an estimated $6.1 million.
Almost from the moment hospital officials were handed the keys to the new Paulding Hospital, hospital officials knew this facility was going to be a success, and they were right. Soon after Paulding opened, patient rooms filled to capacity and it was obvious that the hospital would have to expand. The following article explains this expansion, which is being designed by CDH Partners.
“WellStar Paulding Hospital began construction recently to complete two previously unfinished floors and double the number of patient beds available in the two-year-old facility.
The work to finish the two floors will lead to 180 new jobs by mid-October, said Paulding County Commission Chairman David Austin, a member of the hospital’s regional board and the Paulding County Hospital Authority.
The nearly 50,000-square-foot buildout of the sixth and seventh floors will increase the facility’s beds from 56 to 112, said Mark Haney, president of WellStar Paulding Hospital.
“‘This expansion will allow us to better serve the community,’ Haney said in a news release. ‘Paulding County continues to grow and there is an immediate need for more space.'”
WellStar Health System recently broke ground on its three-story outpatient facility in Vinings, GA, which is expected to cost an estimated $77 million and be completed by fall of 2017. CDH Partners is the Architectural Design company for the this new medical facility, which is slated to open in the fall of 2017.
The 162,000-square-foot facility is located near the intersection of Atlanta Road and Cumberland Parkway, in the former Vinings/Perimeter Business Park.Kem Mullins serves as executive vice president of WellStar’s ambulatory division and business development and said he was excited to see the project take shape.
“WellStar has really pioneered the health park idea in Georgia. There’s really nothing that compares to it,” Mullins said. “The health park we’ll build will build upon the history of WellStar.”
Joe Brywczynski is senior vice president of WellStar Health Park development and said the new facility is WellStar’s third health park behind Acworth and East Cobb, and will predominately serve residents in the south Cobb County area including Vinings, Smyrna, and northwest Fulton County.
“Residents in this area will no longer have to endure long drive times, congested traffic or traveling to multiple health facilities,” Brywczynski said. “We are very excited to get going with this project.”
Services ofered at the new health park include diagnostic testing, such as medical imaging, a cardiac lab and sleep studies. It will also be home to urgent care, physical therapy, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, a pharmacy, community education, health screening and wellness services as well as a cafe. Future plance include an outpatient surgery center.
(Information taken for this article recently appeared in the Marietta Daily Journal.)