How can we help your Church?
Your church deserves a proven, trusted, church development entity that you can trust to keep your best interest at heart. Choosing the team is by far the most important step in the project. The people you will be working with will have a great impact on both quality and cost, and will play a vital role in setting the tone of the project. Driven by passion for our projects and the clients we work with, it is far more than a job, as we join with each church to further His kingdom. HCMI offers complimentary consultation to provide the answers you need as you plan and move forward in the early planning stages.
HCMI will help to guide you through the process with a cooperative approach regardless of the project delivery method you choose. We often meet with churches in the early conceptual stages to help them engage the appropriate services and provide a roadmap to achieve their goals.
We understand that there are many questions that you will need answers to in order to start the process such as;
• What size property do we need?
• What design professionals do we need to hire?
• What will the project cost be?
• How big does our facility need to be now – in 10 years?
• What is an acceptable debt for our church?
• How long does it take to design or build?
• Which contract delivery method is best for you?
• Who should be on a building committee?
• What financing opportunities are available?
• What information do lenders look for?
To answer these questions effectively you need a firm with a proven track record and relevant church experience. We will help guide you to find the right balance of size, functionality and quality that meets your churches requires.
Project / Construction Management
This has been the most common approach on our projects as we believe it is the most cooperative and beneficial approach for churches. We create an entire team of consultants to create the most effective solution while providing appropriate budget guidance to ensure that we meet your goals. This method of project delivery works well where there is a high level of trust and a proven track record.
The following are some of the advantages of construction management;
• Open book policy
• Cost savings – can be a good way to reduce costs as owner only pays the true value of the work
• Owners and construction managers interests are in line
• Construction managers fees are clear and not buried within the bid
• Maintain quality and flexibility – Owner, Architect and Construction manager work together to create the best quality at the lowest price.
• GIK or donations of labour are easily accommodated and clearly attributable to the project.
Design Build / Integrated Project Delivery
In this style of church development, project delivery the owner selects and engages one firm to oversee the full design and construction of the project. It is a collaborative process with one point of responsibility between the owner and the design / construction team which ensures that there is better communication throughout the design and into construction. Once the scope and preliminary budget is determined it our responsibility to design within those parameters.
Once construction documents and drawings are complete then the drawings are sent out for full competitive bidding to all trades.
The following are some of the advantages of design build;
• One source of accountability as all design and construction activities are overseen by one company
• Budget is determined in partnership with the client
• Value engineering is more easily accomplished as the design build team has direct input with the consultants
• Project schedule can often be accelerated by condensing steps required in a more traditional approach, we maximize efficiencies through all phases of design and then into construction
• Close working relationship and common goals are fostered throughout the project
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Likely one of the most familiar project delivery method where drawings and construction documents are prepared by the architect and engineers, a fixed price is submitted to the client and then the lowest price is traditionally awarded the project.
The following are some of the advantages of general contract;
• Turn key solution – less owner involvement,
• Choice of trades and methods of construction are left to the discretion of the contractor
• Contractor assumes more risk over contracts etc.
• Can be a good solution when scope of work is well defined and common procedures are used