Architecture throughout time has always been a field of communication. As architects and designers, we are constantly communicating our perceptions and sharing our ideas with others. When we share our ideas with other architects and designers alike, we speak the same language, and rely on our drawings to be a translator when something isn’t clear. Our experiences in school and years of practice often assist us in seeing the iterations and progression of a project. However, those without an architecture background may not necessarily speak that same creative language. Whether it be clients or family members asking about your work, sometimes our drawings or renderings can’t fully express the experience we are trying to evoke.
Behind every great project, there is a great team. Every design and construction project is unique, with a variety of services required to transform generalized concepts into reality. Like basketball teammates passing the ball to one another to find the best shot, each teammate plays a specific, meaningful role. To win, each team member must communicate effectively, exhibit strong leadership skills, be creative and precise.
Mantel Teter takes the plunge into the realm of virtual reality.
Some are challenged to visualize what a facility will look like or what a spatial experience will feel like from looking at 2-D drawings, simple 3-D images or even computer generated fly-throughs. These computer-generated images are, in many ways, an updated version of the hand-drawn renderings of the past. Virtual reality takes the client experience during the design phase to a whole new level.
Building the right space at the right time is the ultimate goal of every church building project. Once a church has tracked attendance information over time, it can make an informed decision about the amount of space needed for ministry expansion. Armed with this hard data, you’re ready to consider what kind of space to build.
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The sense of arrival. Psychologically, it symbolizes the completion of a journey. Excitement is present when a destination is achieved and the experience of what lies ahead is in store. Upon arrival to a church facility, people process through a series of motions as the experience of arrival is achieved. Together, site and building work to complete the sense of arrival and enrich the experience.
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Most of us have "enjoyed" the experience of making multiple trips to the hardware store when attempting to install what often seems to be the simplest of tasks. After this task consumes most of the day, including all kinds of time that was not planned, we rock back and ask ourselves, "why didn't I just hire a professional?".
The amateur in the scenario above most likely just spent twice or more in time and money, than if a professional would have been hired. This reminds me of a quote from the famous oil well firefighter, Paul "Red" Adair. He would tell folks, "If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional……wait until you hire an amateur!". Candidly, he's right.
Grace Community Church - located in Smithville, Missouri, is ready to begin construction with Kansas City based contractor Pearce Construction. The church will be adding facilities to provide more space for worship, children, and connection.
Bear Valley Church - located in Lakewood, Colorado, recently selected Kansas City, Missouri based architect Mantel Teter to update their campus master plan for this growing church. Immediate facility needs include more seats within the existing worship space, better configured children’s ministry space and student ministry space, while improving wayfinding and connection. Providing owner’s representation and organizing the process on behalf of the church is Charlotte, North Carolina based Cool Solutions Group. "Our team is excited to partner with Tim Cool and the team at Bear Valley Church to design renovated and expanded facilities to expand this church’s reach and mission in the greater Denver area." stated David Evans, President of Mantel Teter and Principal for the project.
Antioch Bible Baptist Church, located in Gladstone, Missouri, recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house celebration for their new Antioch Kids Center and lobby. We were honored to be a part of the celebration alongside our construction partner, Pearce Construction.