Yes, you can have the facility you want within your Budget...
Let The Church Architect show you how!
Before choosing any design firm,
you must first learn most firms fall into two major program categories, the
Architect/Bid program or the Design/Bid program, and then understand how they
work. Unfortunately, each of these programs is full of serious
possible pitfalls that can result
in unmet deadlines, severely exceeded
budgets, and possibly an
Let's compare each of these
programs in more detail and then allow us to show you how The Church Architect is
vs. Design/Build Program
considerations are among the
most important items you should know about these programs.
- Good Church Design is a Specialty expertise not a General
expertise. The vast majority of architects are generalists or may
specialize in commercial, residential, educational or industrial design.
Rarely will you find a Design Professional who
Architect is hired by and works for
the Contractor not the Church! As a design
professional, his goal is to please the Contractor rather
than the Church!
The Architect under this program is not only unable to
render unbiased consultation to the Church; worse yet, he
may actually be minimally competent to prepare the required
construction documents and paid commensurately.
Wouldn't you rather have an Architect that specializes in
Church Design and one that is looking out for your best
interest instead of that of the contractor?
- Most General Architects only design one or two churches
their entire career. Do you really want to entrust your project to an
Architect without the expertise
your project requires?
good Church design is
next to impossible under this program
because the Contractor furnishes the Architect with the design
he, the contractor, has built before or is
the most comfortable constructing.
The degree to which
you, as the client, have your design
goals and desires satisfied is largely immaterial.
After all, the main emphasis of this program is to deliver a
predetermined plan at a predetermined cost. Hardly a
crucible for fine design!
- Lack of
specialized church design expertise can cost your Church big
money! Incompetent of incomplete Design Work forces
the Contractor to over pad his bid
in order to cover himself. Often
this over padding will increase your overall Project
Cost by 50% or more!
Try explaining these excessive costs
to your Congregation after you Architect has assured you
- Since the Contractor
controls the preparation of the construction documents and
determines largely the quality of the components and
subsystems shown therein; and the
Architect supports the contractor, the Church has no third-party
objective representative ensuring you receive what you have paid for!
- Because of
these blown budgets, many churches have no
choice but to delay or dismiss their church project
altogether! Or worse,
forced to pay additional monies to their Architect firms to redesign
Remember, proper redesign or so called "value engineering"
after the construction plans are complete is too costly and
time consuming...no Architect is willing to do it.
Therefore, the process results in cutting the project scope
and quality to achieve the Church's desired budget. In
the end, no meaningful redesign is actually performed.
- At some point
in every Building Program a problem will arise.
Again, under the Design/Bid Program, the
Church has no objective third party representative ensuring
you receive a fair resolution of the dispute.
Disputes are generally left
unsolved or are
not solved to your satisfaction. Don't count on the
Architect to protect you since he is paid by the Contractor!
- Sadly, the pitfalls from these programs force many churches to
settle for an inadequate or substandard design. Your Church's
hopes of receiving a first-class church
are shattered and
hard-earned construction funds are decimated and the Stewardship of the
Lord's money is compromised.
- Watch out for
Change Orders! Under this program, Change Orders are often very costly.
Who acts on behalf of the Church to evaluate the legitimacy,
scope and fair cost of these items? Should these items
have been implied in the construction documents; and
therefore, be included in the original contract award?
Is the cost of the Change Order fairly stated?
- Remember, the
only way to achieve true cost
savings and maximum
church benefit is
through competent design.
The cost of labor and materials from one Contractor to
another really doesn't vary significantly. However,
it is how efficiently and clearly
understood those same materials and subsystems
are applied to a particular design that will favorably
influence the construction bidding.
Specialized Church Design is the key!
We can design the church you want for
the price you want to pay!
not the Contractor, are our client. We offer each of our clients a customized
Church Project Delivery Program
combines the best aspects of both the traditional Owner/Architect Design
approach and the standard Design/Build approach. Our highly trained staff
will carefully customize your Church Project Delivery Program to
design concepts and your growing congregation's needs all within your available
Our customized Church Project Delivery Program provides you all the
professionalism you expect. Additionally, it helps keeps the delivery of your
church project on time and
within your budget! Avoid
the embarrassment of major pitfalls, such as missed construction deadlines and
blown budgets, that many other firms and programs will deliver you in the end.
Our program has been tried, tested and proven on
over 400 church projects
for close to 30 years throughout the Southeast.
Time and time again, our clients are amazed how smoothly their church
projects are executed via their customized Church Project Delivery Program.
Click here for testimonies from our former clients and
the results their Church Project Delivery Program provided them.
Church Architect Way!
Church Architect Guarantee...
- The Church
Architect works exclusively for you, the Church -
- You receive the proper representation
you deserve to ensure you
receive the church design you want for your budget.
- The Church
possesses specialized church design expertise.
Church designs are the heart and focus of our business.
- You will avoid wasted monies on redesigns. Additionally, you
not be forced to settle for an inadequate design because your design
budget was squandered. Our expertise provides you a
design that meets
the needs of your growing congregation.
- The Church
Architect is not swayed by the Contractor because
no monies from the Contractor. Our compensation is paid directly by our
- You receive a design and building program to your satisfaction (not
the Architect's or Contractor's satisfaction) that is
- The Church
Architect goes one step farther with
our value-added program that provides you
high-quality Contractor who will commit and
adhere to your approved
Preliminary Design Plans and Projected Budget.
- You will be comfortable knowing your project and budget are in the
hands of qualified church design experts. This minimizes, and often
eliminates, major pitfalls such as missed deadlines, unbudgeted change
orders, blown budgets or completed design variances many of the
traditional programs often deliver.
- The Church
Architect will deliver you Preliminary Design Plans and a Projected
Budget you approve
before we receive any payments.
- You will know what to expect in terms of design, expenses, and
timelines every step of the way. Most importantly, your budget is
maximized since you will avoid wasting monies on re-designs or unexpected,
- The Church
Architect offers you a comprehensive, professional program
that respects you and your budget.
- You receive a Church you, your congregation and community
be proud to call 'home' - all within the budget you've allocated!
Contact us or call us at
1-864-288-9630 for more information on your customized
Church Project Delivery Program. Imagine your Church Project Delivery Program
resulting in a worship facility you, your congregation and your community will be proud to
attend for generations to come. We are excited about the chance to help make such
a worship facility a reality for you!
Contact us today!
I look forward to talking with you today.
National Council of
Architectural Registration Boards
The Church Architect
W. Hill, Jr. -
Architect and Associates