Three Keys for Building Design
Editor's note: We can't stress enough that you read this article, read it again, and then promise to follow all of Mike's recommendations. If you do so, you'll be ahead of 90% of churches out there. One of my investment advisors rants that no one really wants to learn about investing, but that most people just want a quick-fix. It's the same in the technical world. There are no shortcuts when it comes to proper planning, equipment selection, and integration.
by Mike Sessler, ChurchTechArts.org
Today I’d like to tackle a few suggestions that I always give to churches who are starting a building project. I always say the same thing, mainly because these are the areas I see churches skipping time after time. Skipping these things ensures two things: First, you and your congregation will not be happy with the performance of the sound, lighting and/or video in the room. Second, there will remain a healthy market for companies that specialize in fixing churches that were designed and built poorly.
With that said, here are three things you cannot skimp on when entering a building project.
Fix the Acoustics Before You Build
First, the overall acoustic signature of the room has to be correct. This is where most churches skimp out. They let the architect design the building; which is fine except I've yet to meet an architect who has any real clue how acoustics work. A few do, but they're the ones who design churches for a living and have acousticians on staff.
The problem is most architects want the room to look nice and be easy to build.