Construction Archives - Church Executive


Ask for permission, not forgiveness!

By Rodney C. James Picture a group of men and women at the ready. Hard hats, leather gloves, steel toe boots, hammers, nails, and all the tools needed to tear down, renovate or expand your church building. A beautiful scene, isn’t it? Not so fast. Let’s rewind the tape. Where are permissions needed from the […]

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Buy. Renovate. Build. Repeat?

Flexibility — and familiarity — in financing ensure one church’s buy/renovate/build expansion project is a smooth operation By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Recently, Northridge Church in Rochester, NY, found itself in a unique position. To accommodate growth, it would need to buy, renovate and build. It was a different project than the church’s 2008 sanctuary build-out — […]

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The stewardship of space

Amid coronavirus, churches are (literally) reimagining their worship spaces. Portable equipment — platforms, risers, barricades and more — can make your space work, if you know how to maximize them. As you work with church leaders right now, what are their biggest questions about post-COVID operations? Cindy Albrecht: Church leaders come to us seeking solutions […]

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A transformation, truly

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh A Florida church’s design proves big impact is possible on a budget For Westside Family Worship Center in Jacksonville, Fla., everything changed overnight. Always a strong military community, the closure of a nearby Navy base meant the church immediately lost 60 families. Meanwhile, left empty, multiple mobile parks across the street from […]

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Lights, controls, savings! (And safety, too)

During COVID-19, consider using the facilities’ downtime to drive cost savings — and create safe, clean spaces for the ‘new normal’ The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many churches to operate remotely or with a limited schedule. The empty buildings provide parishes an opportunity to make facility upgrades that will last well beyond the pandemic. LED […]

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Q&A: Want peak buildings performance?

It’s possible to know how your facilities are doing … without stepping foot on campus Many church executives won’t be familiar with the term “telemetry.” What is it, and how does it apply to their roles as large-church leaders and managers? Bob Swanger, MBA, LEED AP: Telemetrysm Powered by Harris, is a proprietary process to […]

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Q&A: church design trends

Exterior elements • Fellowship spaces • Children’s + Youth areas • Community-focused design • Multi-site design • “Green” elements • Revenue generation Let’s start from the outside in. What exterior / outdoor church design elements are popular? Thomas Small, AIA/NCARB: Most churches we work with are contemporary by nature; therefore, they’re looking for clean/modern designs […]

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Church design and construction in a post-pandemic world

By Brittany Kuhn Worship facilities design and construction is going through a renaissance of sorts. In recent years, there’s been a growing yet prominent trend toward increasingly versatile spaces. Traditional single-worship venues are being transformed into (or sometimes replaced by) modern community hubs that present clean lines, promote larger gathering spaces and offer appealing multifunctional […]

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Careful. Considered. Coordinated.

One large Texas church proves the best church building outcomes are all of the above By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Having undergone a few previous building projects, Senior Pastor Dr. Jimmy Pritchard and his team knew exactly what (and who) they were looking for: the right partners. From the architect, to the A/V/L systems integrator, to the […]

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The power of the pivot in your church’s foodservice mission

By Rhonda C. Proctor Pivot. I suspect in the last 120 days you’ve used this term to describe a variety of swift actions your church has taken to honor its mission during the pandemic. My guess is that those actions haven’t centered exclusively on foodservice … yet. So, let’s drill down on some important pivots […]

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