Using Design-Build in Church
The church design-build methodology
provides a good alternative to the traditional design, bid, build
method where the church hires an architect and then sends the
design to bid. While no method is without some drawbacks,
design/build offers many advantages in a
church construction program.
Church design/build can reduce
the number of contracts and relationships the church needs to
develop. It also has the ability to reduce the cost of
the church building program and improve communication and reduce
time to completion by bringing church design and church
construction under "one roof". The church reduces the risk
because any issue with design or estimates on the cost of the
project are borne by the design build firm.
There is a potential downside: The church loses some
"dynamic tension" between the
builder... think of it as
keeping each other honest. The dynamics of the
relationship change when the architect and the builder are
essentially the same firm. If you have done you homework
on your design build vendor, this should not be a problem.
Any potential shortcoming is easily overcome by proper homework
and including an independent
construction consultant in the process. The
opportunity for cost and effort
savings that a good design build company can provide should more
than offset potential problems if you select your vendor with
Much of the above
information on this page is excerpted from the book
Preparing to Build.
An alternative to Design/Build
is for the church to purchase building plans from prior building
program. For more information on how to save 50% or more
on church design, visit our
church plans page.
Written by an experienced church
Preparing to Build provides
your church valuable, real-world insight based on real-world experiences and
input from hundreds of church building projects.
"Preparing to Build was an
incredible value - just a wealth of
information. The truth & his experience
jump off the pages."
Dwight VanDaveer, Engineer & Church Building Committee Member
With over 160 information packed pages, this
book will explain the process of building and how equip the saints for the
work of building the church in an effective manner that will reduce the
church's cost, risk and effort. Click for more information or to purchase.