¨ Communicate with the Church Council and the congregation

¨ Identify which professionals do you need, and how to choose them

¨ Develop a detailed list of what to include in the bid

¨ Keep a project on time and on budget

¨ Get your creative ideas flowing

¨ Deal with on-going issues, such as cleaning and special events

¨ plan future building needs

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Our House of Worship: How to Manage Major Maintenance and Remodel Projects




“With this book in hand, a church volunteer can navigate his or her way through to a successful major maintenance or remodel project on time and on budget. Not only has Liz Osborne provided the tools to do that, she has outlined how to plan for the future.”

Carl Knirk, Canon for Stewardship, Planned Giving, and Evangelism, Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, Seattle WA

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Communication: This is the time to request meetings with the chairs of major committees, such as the Finance and the Long-Range Planning, that will be impacted by any major maintenance or remodel projects identified in the Building Survey Results Report. . .it is important to keep them in the loop and involved by contributing information and perspectives. . .What should be said at these meetings? 1. Explain the Building Stewardship Committee’s role. . . 4. Ask about their experience or knowledge of the building. . . 6. Discuss how project may affect their group’s activities. . . .

Choosing the Right Professionals: Architect - Many people assume an architect is required for remodels or major renovations jobs. That’s not necessarily true. So, the first question to ask is: is an architect really needed for this project? . . .Expect to sign a contract with the architect, probably one develop0ed by the American Institute of Architects. Read closely the scope of work and fees, and ask questions if something isn’t clear. Remember: SURPRISES COST MONEY. Is the architect only providing drawings for the permit, or is she overseeing the construction too? Is she charging a flat fee, an hourly rate, a percentage of the construction costs, or will it vary, depending on the phase of the project. ASK! BE SPECIFIC! IT’S THE CONGREGATIONS’S MONEY! . . .

Bids: Flooring - Removal of old flooring is included under “Tear-out,” and abating asbestos floor tiles and mastic is covered in “Asbestos Abatement.” Be sure “floor prep,” the cost of preparing the surface for installation of new flooring, is included in the bid. . . .

Bids: Kitchen - During the pre-bid planning phase, talk to the frequent uses of the kitchen to discuss issues such as traffic flow and workspace. Are there special electrical or plumbing needs? What about a high-powered fan? Yes! Commercial-grade appliances? Which appliances need to be replaced? Choose only Energy Star models. Recruit an ad-hoc Appliance Committee from the Remodel Working Committee to research what makes/models they want and the prices so the bid accurately refle4cts their choices rather than an “allowance.” . . .

Doors: Be sure to include hardware on the bid list. Silver, gold, or brushed aluminum hinges and doorknobs? Round doorknobs or levered handles?. . .Commercial or residential grade? Should they be lockable or not?. . .

Getting It Done: Re-Keying the Building - At first, re-keying the exterior doors sounded like a simple project and was all that was needed. . .It was soon clear that this was a much bigger project than anyone had previously considered. The following questions were asked: 1. Which doors currently did not have lock and needed locks, or different locks?. . . 3. If a room needed to be locked, who should have access to it, i.e., a specific group of people, or everyone who had a key to the exterior doors? . . .5. Were there rooms that parishioners would be able to access with their exterior door key, but renters should not? . . .

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