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Approach: Vision Casting

Introduction To Vision Casting

"Vision Casting" is our term for a process that is of particular interest to our business clients as well as to our church clients. Both communicating our design and casting our vision are incredibly important. Business owners and pastors alike are visionaries and see their future "in faith". Yet bankers, investors and congregations often need direction and the opportunity to "see" before they believe and embrace.

We use 3D computer modeling as an important and essential tool in the communication process. We employ virtual reality animation to enable a project to visually come alive.

Regarding our religious projects, we combine power-point presentations, 3D renderings, computer models and computer animations along with our ability to share with congregations regarding biblical vision to "Vision Cast" their project to the church body.

"I could preach for years and never project as much vision for new facilities as one of your 3D renderings did in a few moments. After seeing the rendering, several of our families went home and reworked their budgets so they could make it happen."

Biblical Model

Based on the Biblical examples of building projects, namely Noah and his ark, Moses and the tabernacle and David's design of Solomon's Temple, we find a pattern of God regarding construction and design. In each example God imparts specific direction and vision to leadership regarding their building projects.

Barnes Design Group, P.C. has developed a specialized systematic design approach based on these Old Testament models. Part of the company's "Vision Casting" service includes a thorough impartation of these truths to the congregation during the presentation of the architectural design.

"Michael Barnes is more than an architect, he is a man committed to Jesus Christ. His vision for local church growth and evangelism is exciting. As he designs, his thoughts are on how we can reach and minister to those who have never heard or responded to the Gospel."

Real World Results

Our major role in vision casting is to come alongside the church's leadership and understand the vision that God has imparted to them. We then translate those needs and goals into a design for a physical facility that truly reflects their ministry needs.

We then assist the client in communicating the vision back to the congregation using computer generated building renderings and computer generated animations resulting in...

...a clear and understandable design solution most always warmly embraced by the entire congregation.

The Vision Quest

We refer to the initial step in this process as the Vision Quest. This is where the team at Barnes Design Group searches out the vision that the client, whether a church or a business, has for their future growth.

Before we can design anything, we must know the needs, the goals, the capabilities, and the desires of the client. Once we get hold of this vision, we are ready to begin translating the vision into something tangible.

The Vision In Focus

The translation process begins in step two, known as the Vision Focus. To focus the vision we must establish the design goals and complete an analysis of the spaces required.

We believe a successful building is like a skin that expresses physically what is already true of the owner's activities inside.

Functions such as administrative needs, restrooms, kitchens, gathering spaces, entries and storage must be identified and have their optimum size established. Additional characteristics relating to budget and site must also be clearly identified.

The Vision Formed

The translation is completed in step 3 known as the Vision Formed.

This is where all of the gathered data is put in the hands of our design team and floor plans are developed, the look and feel of the building is established, and a design concept is formed.

Typically floor plans, building elevations, and 3D building sketches are generated for the client to see. Once the design concept has been accepted by the client, the drawings are put into a final presentation format often including 3D digital renderings of the building as well as a short movie, called an "animation", that powerfully convey the completed design.

The Vision Told

The completing step in this process is communicating it back to those involved. We refer to this as the Vision Told. The finished design concept is represented by the floor plans and realistic 3D renderings. If the design is being presented to a congregation, an animation of the building enables individuals to experience the building as if they were visiting it for the first time.

This presentation event, often referred to as the 'Vision Casting Service' can take any form that is desirable. Successful examples range from a Sunday morning Vision Casting Service, a Sunday evening service, or to a separate dinner event held during the week or on a Saturday evening.

Most often Mr. Michael Barnes will present the design using a PowerPoint presentation and an animation of the building, usually preceded by a short teaching on Biblical examples of architectural projects.