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The Clear Path to a Successful Church Building Project

As you begin to dream about the future of your ministry, it is imperative that the leadership has unity in the type of ministry or outreach it desires to be before you can accurately plan for your facility. Once unity is established you can then begin to clearly plan what type of building, renovation or expansion will be best. As planning begins, our approach is to guide the leadership through an informational discovery process, first by listening and then asking clarifying questions which helps to establish a framework for a more seamless process.

Generally speaking, a building team is formed to represent the ideas and vision of the greater whole of the ministry. Your design-build partner is then empowered to act as your quarterback for the development of an appropriate plan to carry out your vision. Needs and wants will be filtered for priority consistent with budget. As your project begins to take shape, form will meet function leading to a design that meets your needs, is within budget, and allows for long term growth.

The specific role of the design-builder brought in by the ministry is to provide guidance. It is imperative that you empower your design-build partner to provide the input and guidance you have sought relating to the appropriate steps to bring your project to fruition. Be open about an established and attainable budget range which will save considerable time and lead to more accurate planning for your benefit. For some reason ministries often choose to reserve an accurate answer to the question of budget out of fear of your design-build partner maximizing your budget. If this is the case; you have the wrong partner. Allowing the professionals, equipped with as much information about the ministry as possible will help streamline the process of planning, design and construction. Every so often we will come across leaders who have “studied” up on the processes of design and construction. While there is good insight available from Google, books and other resources; wouldn’t it make sense to grow into a trusting relationship with a firm that has vast experience in projects similar to yours?

While there is good insight available from Google, books and other resources; wouldn’t it make sense to grow into a trusting relationship with a firm that has vast experience in projects similar to yours?

For example, studying up on surgery before you experience it doesn’t mean you will tell a surgeon how to perform what he does each and every day. You are simply more aware of what “could” be. Allow your trusted design-build firm with years of experience to take the reins for you.

In short, and as no surprise, a successful building project will be the result of great communication among all involved. It is imperative that you meet and talk openly with your design-builder. Trust them...Rely on them....If you don’t....Do Not Hire them. On most occasions you are entering a marriage for the better part of a few years. Our desire is to help guide you through the planning, design and construction process in a seamless and transparent manner. We’re here to help you. Before you make any plans, please give us a call.

PBS is experienced in the planning, design and construction of many different types of facilities including a portfolio of successful church, commercial, industrial and municipal projects. For more information, please contact our team at (920) 868-2229 or click here. We look forward to discussing how we may serve you.

Construction within an Occupied Environment

Suncrest Christian Church out of St. John, Indiana approached PBS to renovate and add on to their existing lobby area and worship center. The addition would span over 5,500 square feet while the renovation would cover over 12,000 square feet. The unique challenge of this project was that the facility had to be fully functional every Thursday night and Sunday morning for worship gatherings throughout the duration of the construction. Fortunately for both parties, PBS has been blessed to help many churches and businesses manage similar logistical challenges over the years.

As is typical to most all of our projects, their success is often determined in the planning stages. A detailed plan must be put in place to ensure construction work can carry on with minimal interference to regular operations. Logistical planning was essential for this project. Whether providing temporary access points, transitional areas for gathering or temporary staging following the complete demolition and rebuild of the main worship area platform; safety and efficiency were always key priorities. Maintaining close communication with staff and the entire construction team through multiple channels of communication are critical to ensuring all remain on the same page. While it is generally never easy and takes patience by all involved (including the congregation), there are always solutions to achieve the plan.

As mentioned, during the construction phase consistent communication with those we have partnered with is vital to the success of your project. Chris Correlli, Worship Arts Pastor describes his experience: “Throughout the week and even sometimes on weekends, PBS made themselves present and available to us. So any questions we had could be asked and any snags could be worked through as quickly as possible; and that was really invaluable.” In the end, the result is a beautiful, fully-functioning facility that will continue to serve Suncrest’s ministry for years to come.

“Throughout the week and even sometimes on weekends, PBS made themselves present and available to us. So any questions we had could be asked and any snags could be worked through as quickly as possible; and that was really invaluable.”

Our desire is to help guide you through this process in a seamless and transparent manner. We’re here to help. Before you make any plans, please give us a call. PBS is experienced in the planning, design and construction of many different types of facilities including a portfolio of successful church, commercial, industrial and municipal projects. For more information, please contact our team at 920.868.2220 or click here. We look forward to discussing how we may serve you.

Planning for a Successful Renovation

Partnering with Christian Church of Clarendon Hills through the design and construction of their newly expanded student and multi-purpose ministry space was an honor for PBS. Christian Church of Clarendon Hills (CCCH) approached PBS as they were making plans to accommodate their continued growth. This was the second project that we partnered with them on.

One of the challenges the ministry was faced with was having to manage the cost of this project carefully because of their desire to accomplish it without debt service. J.K. Stevens, Executive Minister of CCCH explains, “This meant taking the initially desired plan and value engineering the design to focus on the most important parts of the needed space. PBS helped us accomplish that goal, getting their own trade leaders involved so that we knew real costs and not just rough estimates of what our costs may be.”

Any time you embark on an expansion that involves occupied space there are going to be inherent logistical challenges. Careful planning and close communication are generally the key elements necessary to successfully navigate your way through and around these obstacles.

"We’re so grateful that PBS was our partner through this process. The entire team was a joy to work with. Their on-site management team kept us appraised at every step and when things needed to be resolved we worked together to get them done,” adds Stevens.

Our desire is to help guide you through this process in a seamless and transparent manner. We’re here to help. Before you make any plans, please give us a call. PBS Companies is experienced in the planning, design and construction of many different types of facilities including a portfolio of successful commercial, industrial, municipal and church projects. For more information, please contact Dale Reiser at 920-868-2229 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to discussing how we may serve you.

The Preferred Way to Build

We often use the term, “partner”, as a way of describing our relationships and with good reason. In our nearly 30 years of Design-Build experience, we have determined that the most successful projects are the ones that are established as a partnership from the beginning, built on trust and communication. With this, PBS approaches each project with a focus on developing authentic relationships in order to exceed our customer’s expectations.

We have been blessed with many great partnerships over the years on projects ranging from commercial and industrial facilities, to churches, to dental/medical boutiques. Project success begins in the early planning and development stage. From the beginning, we listen to our customer’s desires and develop a plan that will ultimately streamline the design and construction process.

As a Design-Build firm, we work as a single-source, under one agreement, with one unified flow of communication and transparency from initial concept design through construction completion. Under this method, we are able to save you significant time and money all while building a level of trust and confidence together ensuring that your project will be completed on time and within budget. Because of its many benefits, Design-Build has become a preferred alternative to the antiquated Design/Bid/Build process.

Under the latter approach, planning, design, engineering, construction management and construction services are all handled by separate entities under separate contracts with you the owner assuming responsibility for all design and engineering services. Under this method, you are guaranteeing to those “bidding” that the plans are free from error. Contractors are then providing numbers specific to a design that they have had no involvement in the preparation of and more often than not, ones that you have not been able to establish any level of relationship with. Invariably, items are missed and assumptions are made often leading to submitted project costs that are inconsistent with one another. If a contractor is selected, often throughout the project there are unaccounted for extra costs because of the initial assumptions made in the design at which point the finger pointing of responsibility begins. Under the design/build approach, there is ONE single source of responsibility.

Our desire is to help guide you through this process in a seamless and transparent manner. We’re here to help. Before you make any plans, please give us a call. PBS Companies is experienced in the planning, design and construction of many different types of facilities including a portfolio of successful commercial, industrial, municipal and church projects. For more information, please contact Dale Reiser at 920-868-2229 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to hearing from you.

Determining Your Building Method

In a previous blog post, “A Plan for Success,” we discussed the importance of thoroughly investigating your company’s building needs. Once you have a thorough understanding of what needs your building must meet, it will be easier to decide which building method will work best.

Systems Building Construction

When planning, designing with as much efficiency as possible is critical to the overall value of your building. In order to accomplish this, we work with systems building construction whereby we are able to create clear, open spans in your structure as well as incorporate multiple building heights and roof lines specific to your use. These features benefit you, the owner, by providing the most cost-effective and efficient building system for your use. The advantages of this method result in economy and flexibility. The finishes utilized are long-lasting and weather resistant. PBS Companies is experienced in all types of construction as there will be specific systems appropriate for individual needs. Our team will be able to advise you regarding the various factors that will influence the appropriate building system for you and your business.

Members of the PBS team will guide you through each stage of the planning, design and construction process as your single source of responsibility and contact in order to help you successfully complete your building project on time and within budget. For more information, please contact Dale Reiser at 920-868-2229 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to the honor of serving you.