Working with Churches
We have developed master plans and built facilities for over 100 churches. Each client is different. They come to us with different priorities, histories, needs, and organizational structures. Each church community has a unique spiritual character and calling. Some communities look for alternative, informal, or hi-tech settings to gather and worship in a contemporary atmosphere; other churches seek a reverent and sacred space in which to celebrate the Liturgy. We do not impose a predetermined architectural style on our clients’ projects.
We take a church’s specific mission to heart and endeavor to participate in any project as a ministry partner: one who provides built facilities that are inspired by the church’s mission, equipping her to fulfill her unique calling. Some clients prefer to direct the course of a project in a small leadership group; others prefer a high degree of membership-base involvement. We are equipped to coordinate the workshops, focus groups, surveys and presentations necessary for a wide range of design process approaches.
We get to know each church client's unique spirituality and mission intimately to thoroughly understand their needs rather than simply translating a wish list to a design solution.
We are in the business of creating high-impact and high-quality environments on a budget to maximize beauty and functionality, while minimizing both the impact on the environment and the price tag.
We solicit broad and diverse input and offer engagement at many levels to suit different church and project leadership structures. A healthy process will engage, strengthen and integrate your community.
We work tirelessly to maintain
ongoing operations and respect
our clients’ schedules.
We understand the importance of church calendar milestones and the pressure of ministry needs.
Working in close partnership with all team members, we capitalize on the individual and collective strengths available to each church and orchestrate them in service of the project at hand.
Visualizing a beautiful design before it gets built is essential to energizing your membership. We help craft a vision that is rooted in our clients' mission, and then deliver the highest quality graphics to support it.
We Are Your Full-Service Ministry Partner
We understand what it takes to design and construct every aspect of a successful church building from the inside-out. The FGMA staff has the hands-on experience to address any need presented by our clients’ program requirements and to guide the design process toward the best flexible and long-term solutions.
2 Registered Interior Designers on staff w/ 50 years combined experience
Specialization in New Materials and Industry Pricing
Designing & Specifying to Price-point, saving you time and money over the duration of a project
Turn-key Furniture Selection & Procurement Solutions
Liturgical Design Consultant on staff
Specialization in Church Art & Furnishings Design and Coordination
Planning & Functionality Expertise
Precision Planning to match program scope with budget and phasing options
Expert Analysis of demographics, growth patterns, operations, and projecting an itemized timeline of future needs
Functional Adjacencies based on Usage & Operations
Outdoor Rooms formed between buildings are the cheapest cost/SF ministry spaces
Specification of Durable Finish Materials and Energy-Efficient Systems for lifespan
Top-notch Media for Your Fundraising
Clarity and Excellence in Communication Design
Range of Styles for Renderings
Phase-differentiated & Realistic Color Masterplan Drawings
Virtual Fly-through Videos
Sustainability & Technology
3 LEED Accredited Professionals on staff
Focus on lifespan energy efficiency and ROI for building systems
BIM (Building Information Modeling) technology coordinates all building systems in 3D
Proactive ongoing education in emerging construction technologies
Acoustics & Audio/ Visual/ Lighting Technology
Hands-on Management of AVL Systems Design
Extensive work with Acoustical Consultants
Graphic Design & Visual Communication
Graphic Designer on staff
Logo & Branding Services for Print, Web, and Architectural Signage
Project Management Structure
Single Point-of-Contact for the duration of your project – no passing off from department to department.
better follow-through on initial design concepts
staff loyalty & enthusiasm for the project
staff efficiency through continuity – no learning curves
owner confidence through team familiarity
Our Church Design Approach
THE ENVISIONING PROCESS:
Authenticity arises from a design that is rooted in your mission. Our desire is to help your mission bear fruit.
CHURCH'S MISSION – Your mission statement defines your unique identity and purpose and is foundational for all aspects of growth and planning.
STRATEGIC MINISTRY PLAN – A strategic plan identifies priorities, goals, and methods for realizing your mission, based on collective input of the stakeholders.
‘BIG PICTURE’ DESIGN CONCEPTS – A set of principal core concepts authentically based on your mission will initiate, define, and guide the entire facility design process.
FACILITIES MASTER PLAN – A facilities master plan utilizes all available knowledge of your history and goals to integrate all anticipated needs.
SPECIFIC DESIGN SOLUTION – Our design translates the planning work and design concepts into a cohesive set of proven solutions that balance the needs and constraints of the project, ultimately laying a foundation that will support the flourishing of your mission.