Project Jordan Information Series

Part I: The Project Jordan & The Architectual Design Process

Posted by: The Elders

As many of you know, one aspect of Project Jordan is to prepare for a potential construction project. This is the first in a series of articles designed to help specifically inform everyone on what the architectural design and construction process involves, as well as answer questions you may have about the process. As Elders, we are committed to maintaining the unity of the body throughout this process, and believe that is first and foremost. We also believe that the Lord has blessed our church, and pray that He continues to do so, and desire to be faithful stewards of what He has entrusted to us.

A building project is a complex, and typically very long process. Much of what you “see” of a building project is merely only the very last phase during Construction. There are many aspects of the process that must occur prior to that phase. It often takes years to get to the point of “breaking-ground”. The typical design process involves three major stages divided into five phases.


Major Stages:

Stage 1: Master Planning – This is the stage where the vision begins and the first thoughts are made manifest. It is largely a very general creative design and planning exercise with the intent to develop a long term path for the growth and development of a facility or campus. This stage includes the Pre-Design, and the beginning of the Schematic Design phase as it starts to suggest a physical concept, but that concept is not refined. In many cases, a Master Plan is larger than a single building or project, and will begin to suggest long-term phases for future development such that eventual future improvements align and current existing assets are maximized.

Stage 2: Pre-Construction In this stage, the concept is further refined by professionals with expertise in the required fields. Architects and engineers work together to study, in-depth, the requirements of the program, the restrictions of the site and local codes, as well as budgetary constraints, in order to develop a detailed set of instructions with which to build, while attempting to maintain the initial concept goals. This stage includes the Schematic Design, Design Development, and Construction Documents phases, and typically ends when the Contract Documents are sent out to Bid.

Stage 3: Construction The Construction Stage is the final component to a project. This stage includes the Bidding, and Construction phases. This stage typically begins once the project has been bid to a contractor and the owner has selected and agreed to the contractor’s project cost and timeline. This is when a building permit is sought, ground-breaking occurs, and building trades begin to work on-site. This stage typically ends once the owner is allowed to use the building for its intended purpose.

Design Phases:

Pre-Design – Gathering of information, and development of program based on user input.

Schematic Design – Initial sketches of program, and development of conceptual design.

Design Development – Refinement of conceptual design with initial technical inputs/restraints.

Construction Documents – Development of detailed Architectural drawings and Specification of materials and methods which meet the requirements of zoning, life safety, buildability, and, ideally, maintain the conceptual design intent.

Bidding – Contractor review of Architectural Drawings and Specification in order to price and establish a construction schedule.

Construction – Actual building and on-site work in order to complete the physical structure.



Note: Because Horst Construction is a Design / Build company, if we decide to contract with them beyond the Master Plan, they are able to manage the Design and Construction Phases under one contract. This approach reduces the potential miscommunications between trades, and gives us one point of contact throughout the project, since the Architects, Engineers, and Contractors all work under Horst.