Very simply, it is a wise thing to do.
Developing a master plan can prevent mis-steps and ensure that resources are used to their full potential.
The master plan process can stimulate a church or any other business organization to directly address and examine their present and future goals, ambitions and objectives.
This most always results in a more productive and focused business or ministry in addition to the practical benefits of a well-planned, thought-out and practical physical growth plan for the future.
A master plan should address such questions as:
- Where are we right now and what is the current condition of our facilities?
- What do we need to accomplish in the immediate future?
- Are our existing facilities sufficient or can they be successfully modified to accomplish our needs.
- Will our current site support our anticipated growth?
- How can we best use our current site and can it grow with us?
- Is relocation an option?
- Can we anticipate what our needs are likely to be in the future?
- Can our master plan be flexible and are we on track?
- Does our master plan of expansion address and plan for our immediate needs, our short-term needs and our long-range (20-year) needs?
The first step of any master plan is a current assessment of the client’s existing circumstances, which may include an assessment of their needs, goals, buildings or new land purchases. Some examples are as follows:
- Study of the client’s existing physical facilities
- Consideration of the existing client’s properties
- Examination of the client’s newly purchased properties
- Evaluation of the client’s needs, goals, dreams or aspirations
Any successful master plan begins with a total assessment of the client’s current situation. A thorough understanding and comprehension of the client’s current conditions will often, in itself, begin to suggest some master planning solutions to a client’s predicament.
Listening to the client is an important first step.
We at Barnes Design Group listen first.
An important result of a thorough assessment of the client’s needs is our pre-design document titled: “Project Goals and Objectives”
The actual design of the architecture of any project does not begin until the “Project Goals and Objectives” are completed and approved by our client.
Understanding the client’s dreams, desires, hopes and aspirations during the early phases of a project will ensure that the resulting design accurately reflects the client’s major needs.
This strategy always produces an organic responsive architecture that ultimately grows out of the client’s innermost needs and desires.
Architecture is never static nor does it stand alone unrelated to space and time. Architecture is created to provide for spatial needs and to respond to a client’s dreams and desires. Both our corporate clients as well as our church clients deal with the changing times. They are always developing needs and other growing and expanding challenges.
It is always our task at Barnes Design Group to embrace the client’s present needs within our design solutions while also providing design guidance addressing the future.
Successful master planning understands the past, embraces the present and adequately projects for the future.
Successful and responsive architecture always includes…
An assessment of the client’s present situation
Understanding of their goals and objectives
Comprehension of their future challenges
It is our experience at Barnes Design Group that this design strategy always produces a successful master plan to follow.
Our master plans offer solutions for the present and an easy-to-follow roadmap for the future.