Planning and building a church is distinctly different from most other commercial construction projects. This is because churches are often pivotal parts of the community. When planning the construction of a church, the general contractor typically works closely with a committee made up of church leaders and members of the church’s congregation. In addition to the meeting the needs of the Church, an experienced general contractor will guide the committee through all general public and municipal considerations.
Whether it is building a brand new church from the ground up, renovating, or expanding an old building, these jobs require specialized planning. A church is a practical space that serves the community. So, it is vital that all aspects of the construction are carefully thought out.
Chad Fisher Construction has seen to the successful construction of a number of different churches. Through our expertise in pre-construction planning and the commercial construction process, here are five important considerations when planning church construction.
1. Budget And Funding
Before getting started with the other areas of construction planning, understanding the budget is essential. Financing is one of the most important aspects of commercial construction. This is because it helps to define the scope and possibilities of the project.
Unlike traditional building projects, the for funding churches often comes from donations and contributions.
Establishing the budget in pre-construction planning involves considering the kind of materials required. In addition, you need to take the size of the project into account. The general contractor in charge of the job will work closely with both designers and architects on the project. This is to make sure that the planning and construction needs work together to create a realistic budget.
Once you understand the kind of financial boundaries that you have to work with, you can start with planning and laying out the project.
Designing a church can be a complicated task, so it is important to use a team that understands all the complexities involved.
A church needs to be a practical space suitable for regular services and congregations. On top of this, it will often involve specific design elements such as a steeple, bells, stained glass windows, or a dome.
These design elements will need to be planned out with the parishioners based on the needs of the church, and the available budget. While these aren’t necessities for churches, some prefer to have them.
If the church does require such features, it is important to work with an experienced architect that understands how to apply these elements. Then there are also the local zoning and noise ordinances. Be sure that any towers or bell structures will not conflict with the neighbors and local regulations.
3. Choosing The Right Contractor
Once you’ve established the budget and thought out the basic design, choosing the right contractor is the next important step. Hiring the best general contractor for a construction job like this is paramount. They will help to guide you through the process as efficiently as possible.
A good commercial construction contractor will be able to work with your budget and timeline effectively. They could also help with a wider range of services – such as architecture. Having both of these from one side will help a great deal with the flow of the project.
When looking for the right contractor, make sure to check out their background and history. Are they experienced in building churches and similar commercial projects? Hiring somebody with an experienced understanding in this field will go a long way.
4. Size And Spatial Constraints
In many cases, new churches need to be built in order to accommodate a larger following. This is where size and spatial constraints come into play. One needs to consider the plot of land, as well as the kind of facilities that the church requires.
This includes the stage size, the number of people that can fill the space for a service, and any additional rooms or outside spaces that may be needed. Planning the size of the church with regard to how many people will be using the space is important.
5. Safety Precautions
As with any commercial construction project,
considering safety codes and taking the proper precautions is vital. This
includes sticking to all local area building codes and regulations.
When planning a building, it is important to implement all possible safety measures to ensure no accidents or mishaps occur. Not only would this be dangerous, but it would also delay the construction timeline. With a building like a church that sees large crowds, considering safety is crucial.
Building a church requires plenty of pre-construction planning. A project like this can be complex and involve many different moving parts. This is why it is so necessary to choose the right contractor.
While the church construction phase is important, the planning requires just as much attention. This will need to be done by an experienced general contractor with a history of building churches. This ensures a successful end result.