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1. We’ve outgrown our current facilities. What do we do?
2. How can we find out more about your company and services before obligating ourselves?
3. Do we need to hire an architect?
4. What kind of Architect should we hire?
5. Will Brennfoerder Architectural Services design and build churches anywhere other than in the Midwest?
6. Are there any limitations on the size of church or the denominations with whom you will work?
7. Have you had any experience with church connected daycares or schools?
8. What are the fees for your services?
9. If we decide to hire Brennfoerder, can we pick and chose which services we want?
10. In your Services section you say that you will do a Master Plan. What is a Master Plan?
11. What is a Feasibility Study?

1. We’ve outgrown our current facilities. What do we do?

Churches in your situation need to move quickly so that this growth can be maintained and not hindered by lack of space. In order to make wise decisions and be good stewards, you will need a complete analysis of your current facilities, property, attendance history and projected growth, finance, etc. Phase I of our services includes this analysis.

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2. How can we find out more about your company and services before obligating ourselves?

We will come to your location for an initial complimentary visit at no cost or obligation to you. At this initial meeting, we provide you with more information and answer any questions you may have. Another purpose for this meeting is to help us understand your needs and wishes so that we can prepare a customized proposal for you including services to be done and the fees for those services. After meeting with us and then receiving our proposal, you will be able to make an informed decision. We are also happy to provide references.

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3. Do we need to hire an architect?

Since a church is considered to be a commercial, public building, all States require that a Registered Architect design and approve construction documents for new facilities and for additions. Building permits will not be issued unless construction documents have been signed and sealed by an Architect. Even in rural areas with no building codes, the State law still requires an Architect for the safety, welfare, and protection of the public.

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4. What kind of Architect should we hire?

An Architect who does commercial design would be better suited to design a church than architects who primarily do industrial, military, or residential work. Within the realm of commercial architecture there is a broad spectrum of projects including business parks, malls, restaurants, schools and religious structures. An Architect, who devotes most of his time to designing houses, would probably not be the best choice for designing a mall.  Likewise, an Architect who primarily designs office buildings would not be the best choice to design a church.  You would want an Architect with years of experience designing churches.  During his 37 years at Goodman Architectural Services, Dwight Brennfoerder was heavily involved with the design and construction documents for hundreds of churches.  As is evident by the fact that over 95% of our projects are churches and church-related facilities, we specialize in churches.

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5. Can Brennfoerder Architectural Services design and build churches anywhere other than in the Midwest?

Yes. As you can see on the map, we do work all across the United States .

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6. Are there any limitations on the size of church or the denominations with whom you will work?

No. We welcome and have had experience with projects of all sizes. We work with a variety of denominations as well as with non-denominational churches.

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7. Have you had any experience with church connected daycares or schools?

Yes. We have designed church daycares, pre-schools, elementary and high schools. We’ve also designed several Christian colleges.

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8. What are the fees for your services?

We continually compare our fees with those of other architectural firms across the country to assure that our fees remain very competitive. Generally, we find that our fees are at the lower end of the scale.

Each Phase of our Services has a separate fee. The fee for Phase I (Preliminary Design) is a flat dollar amount that is based on the size and complexity of the project. One half of the fee is paid upon signing the contract with the balance due at the completion and acceptance of Phase I.

The fee for Phase II (Construction Documents) is a percentage of the construction cost. This fee is billed monthly, usually over 7 to 8 months.

If you chose to build with a Construction Manager, his fee is also percentage of the construction cost. He will arrange his own method of compensation.

With either a construction manager or a general contractor there may be small fee payable to our office for construction observation and office procedures during the completion of the work.

After our initial complimentary meeting, we will send an Architectural Agreement for your analysis that includes fees specific to the project.

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9. If we decide to hire Brennfoerder, can we pick and chose which services we want?

You can choose whether you want to use our recommended construction manager to build the facility or whether you just want us to do the Construction Observation and have someone another manager or a general contractor.

However, if you hire Brennfoerder Architectural Services to design your facilities (Phase I), Brennfoerder must also develop the Construction Documents (Phase II).  Since legally the Architectural firm that creates a design owns the design, another firm cannot do the Construction Documents from a design that is not theirs without purchasing the rights to the design.

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10. In your Services section you say that you will do a Master Plan.  What is a Master Plan?

A Master Plan is a written and a schematic drawing depicting your current site and facilities, parking, etc. and showing the location of future expansions. The plan also shows phasing of future expansion, for example: when the worship attendance reaches 400, expand the sanctuary and add classrooms.

Master plans allow churches to maximize the utilization of their site, save time and money.  It also gives them a tool to use for annual planning and fund raising.

We receive many calls from churches who are now "land locked", and who may have had enough property before building, but because they did not have a Master Plan, the original building was placed in such a way on the site that additions are difficult or impossible.  Also, costly demolition may have to be done in order to accommodate an addition that was not considered in a Master Plan before construction began.

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11. What is a Feasibility Study?

A Feasibility Study is a complete analysis of your current site and facilities, your growth potential, and your financial capability.  We gather information from you that allows us to calculate your need for worship, classroom, and other space. We look at your growth history and project your future growth.  Then we can calculate the amount of square footage you will need in each area and can estimate the cost for building.

Sometimes a Feasibility Study will reveal that a current site is maximized and that relocation should be considered.  With each Feasibility Study, we will present recommendations for you to consider.