We are pleased to say this project is now complete! The design program involved converting second floor commercial space into school use. Connecting with a previous renovation, the design allows the school to use the entire second floor. The plan is configured so every classroom has generous natural light and views to the outdoors, while […]
The permit process to create a secondary suite in your home has two stages: Development Permit and Building Permit. Find out what drawings the City of Calgary needs for your secondary suite Development Permit application.
What questions should a church ask when choosing auditorium and/or sanctuary seating? Churches desire to be good stewards of their budget; with so many different types of seating available, how do they make the best decision?
Before you fire up the blow torch to cut out a few window openings, take a few moments to really think about what you’re about to do.
“The Church isn’t a building, it’s people”, yet our buildings for worship and ministry become bland and indistinguishable from the local mall, office building or movie theatre. What we desperately need is more “intelligent design”.
While clients are more informed than ever before, information alone is not enough. An architect is able to skillfully put all the information in context, blending knowledge with experience to help develop a comprehensive vision grounded in reality.
When it comes time to hire an architect someone on the church building committee always says: “We can get someone local. Why should we work with an out of town architect?” There are a few good reasons why you should seriously consider working with someone from out of town.
It’s pretty safe to say that growth is good. It generally means your church is doing it’s job; your ministries are successful, people are being helped and you’re sharing the good news. But does your building help facilitate that growth, or does it work against your success?
Hiring an architect is a big commitment. How do you decide who to work with? One major factor is – can you trust them to do a good job? Ask these 5 questions to get to know your architect.
If you’re searching for a church architect you’ve got questions. Fortunately we have answers! For starters here are 5 of the basic questions you should be asking of whichever architect you might be considering…
Establishing a realistic budget for a new building project is essential, but many churches only consider the basic building costs when setting their budgets. A Global Project Budget will include ALL the project costs.
We seldom even notice the buildings around us, never mind find inspiration in them. Building W15 is an exception. It’s more than a building, it’s architectural genius.
With a little forethought, church building design can actually support and enhance your ministry. Here’s how we do it.
When thinking about your new church building, how can you use design to enhance the short time each week when people are together after a church service?
At the root of many people’s hesitation to hire an architect is the perception that our fees are too high. Here are some factors to consider:
You probably make it a priority to obtain competitive bids for the goods you purchase, and may well wonder why the same procedure is not used in procuring architectural services.
Once the design is complete, the drawings are done, and the building permit is approved the architect can go home and put his feet up, right? Not so fast!
If your church is comparing different sites for it’s new building, how do you reasonably evaluate which one is best? Location of course. Vehicle access. Size. Price. Utilities and other site services. And while the shape of your property is not the most important factor in your comparison, it does affect the design and layout of your building.
Most of the time projects go fairly smoothly, but if something should go wrong chances are all parties involved won’t remember what was agreed to unless it’s in writing, which is why owner-architect contracts are so important.
There will be variations in budget, building type, location, construction method and more, but developing an architectural solution to your building needs usually follows a standard 5 phase framework that will apply regardless of the other variables. Here’s what you can expect.
As your church considers property for its expansion or relocation project it’s important to find out what the land was previously used for, but it’s not always possible to tell simply by looking at the surface.
The conversation usually starts like this “When you renovate you’ll have to ‘bring it up to Code’”. A vague statement like this can conjure up all sorts of doomsday scenarios for your church, most of them involving large amounts of money.
Few questions generate more discussion during the design stage than this one. When it comes to the idea of a sanctuary, many people feel it needs to be dedicated solely to worship and don’t really understand the concept of a multi-purpose worship space.
You’ve probably heard of this mysterious document called the Building Code. Even it’s name makes it sound cryptic – since it’s written in “code” we assume it’s something we can’t easily understand. But really it’s only about one thing…
If you’ve ever been lost in a foreign city with no knowledge of the local language you know how difficult it is to get around. Similarly, in order to find your way around a proposed building design, you’ll need to be able to read the local language.
Imagine your church has found the ideal property in the perfect location, and you can visualize the finished building in your mind, a vibrant hub of church ministry. Beautiful! Suddenly your dream is rudely interrupted: Ring, ring, the City’s calling… you can’t build a church there!