Identifying Programmatic Requirements
One of the most important steps in this process is accurately identifying programmatic requirements. Meetings will be held with the various groups and users in the church to determine specific programmatic requirements. The Architect will also want to hear from the members of the congregation about what existing spaces need to be improved or enhanced.
- Identification of Program Needs for Church Life: Meetings will be held to obtain detailed information about church resources and programs. These conversations will help to prioritize the church’s needs, which is critical later when working on design solutions.
- Space Program Development: Based on the information that was gathered through meetings, a space program suggesting space sizes, configurations, and physical parameters to support the functional requirements will be developed.
- Phase II Report: This report will document the conversations held and the information gathered during this phase. While the Phase I Report will provide important data for evaluating what exists, this report will provide valuable data for what could be. The requirements identified in this report will serve as the yardstick by which alternatives developed in the next phase will be measured.
For Holy Family Church in Newark, DE, working with liturgical design consultant Michael DeSanctis, Ph. D., we prepared a document called “Architectural Program for Campus Master-Planning & Church Renovation”, which includes both Phase I and Phase II of the Master Planning process. You can download the draft version of that report here.