About Brennfoerder

The following is a listing of the basic services we provide. We would be happy to discuss these with you in more detail. We strive to adapt our services to your specific needs.

Phase I - Preliminary Design

  • Preliminary Consultation
  • Feasibility Study - Our feasibility study summarizes your growth potential and your financial capability, and makes recommendations for both short term and long term needs.
  • Design Meetings with Building Committee
  • Long Range Master Planning
  • Building Code Research
  • Review and Revision to Client Satisfaction
  • Coordination of Design Progress with Financial Planning
  • Congregational Presentation

Also where applicable:

  • Expansion vs. Relocation Study
  • Assistance in Site Selection
  • Coordination with Existing Facilities

Phase II - Construction Documents

State of the art computer aided design and drafting systems allow our architects and draftsmen to produce a thorough, accurate, extensively detailed set of plans and specifications. The result is higher quality and better cost containment in construction.

  • Site Plan
  • Code Analysis for all Applicable Codes
  • Floor Plans and Elevations
  • Building Sections and Details
  • Room Finish, Window, and Door Schedules
  • Structural, Plumbing, HVAC, and Electrical Engineering
  • Audio/Visual Engineers
  • Complete Specifications

During construction---

Construction Observation

In Office:

  • Review Materials, Request for Substitutions, Approve Shop Drawings
  • Prepare Supplementary Drawings, as needed, to Clarify Intent of Construction Drawings
  • Evaluate Contractor Requests for Credits and/or Extras for Change Orders

On Site:

  • Make On Site Architectural Visits to Ensure Compliance with Construction Documents
  • Make Final Inspection of Facility upon Completion

Construction Management

If you build with an experienced construction manager, the Church would be the "Owner/Builder" and would essentially operate as the General Contractor. The construction manager would provide a qualified Superintendent, who would be hired and paid by the Church.  He would work closely with the Superintendent and the Church to complete a turn-key building project.


A. Construction Manager's Responsibilities

  • Place a qualified Superintendent on the job full time.
  • Develop a Critical Path Schedule to be followed by the Superintendent.
  • Secure bids from Subcontractors and Material Suppliers.
  • Utilize Value Engineering to bring costs within Church's budget.
  • Present construction cost estimate (construction budget) to Church.
  • Generate Purchase and Work Orders to Suppliers and Subcontractors.
  • Generate Lien Waivers for each payment made to Subcontractors and Vendors.
  • Make regular site (Architectural/Construction Management) visits to ensure compliance with Construction Drawings to assure quality.
  • Provide Interior and Exterior Color Selection Services.
  • Approve shop drawings and review any request for material substitution.
  • Remain available to Church and Superintendent to answer construction questions.
  • Meet with the Building Committee Chairman periodically to review progress of construction.
  • Make final walk-thru inspection with Superintendent and Church.

B. Church's Responsibilities

  • Act as the General (Owner/Builder) Contractor.
  • Appoint a responsible person through whom Brennfoerder can conduct everyday business.
  • Maintain ultimate control for the selection of all Subcontractors, Suppliers, and Materials.