Master Planning Process – Phase I

Physical Facilities and Cost Analysis

Determining the future of buildings that have faithfully served their community is a difficult and often painful process for those who have become attached to them.  To be able to make sound decisions about these buildings, the church must have accurate, reliable information about the buildings to help them in their decision-making process. It is essential that this part of the process be done thoroughly and carefully by professionals experienced in building evaluations so that the resulting information allows for fair and reasonable assessments of the buildings.

  • Building System Analysis:  A complete analysis of the physical condition of the existing buildings and site, including the following systems:  structure, building envelope, interiors, HVAC systems, electrical systems, plumbing systems, and capacity and adequacy of parking.
  • Analysis of Compliance With Regulatory Standards:  The fire- and life-safety aspects of the buildings are evaluated.  Areas where energy conservation and access for the disabled are not in compliance with current codes should also be noted.
  • Ratings and Cost Estimates:  All recommended repairs and improvements are prioritized according to urgency.  For systems that have damage, but are repairable, an estimated cost for the improvement should be provided.
  • Phase I Report:  This report documents all of the findings, describing present conditions and deficiencies of the facilities and is submitted to the Church for their review and discussion.

If you would like to see a sample Phase I report, please contact me by email and I will send you a recent report. Most reports are between 10 and 15 MB so please be sure your email service can handle an attachment of that size. To continue reading about the Master Plan process, click here.

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