Considering a metal church building?
One interesting option you may want to consider is a pre engineered steel building, also called a prefab building.
Whether you are looking at a whole new building, or a church addition, these metal church buildings can be made to look quite attractive. See the drawing below for an example of a metal church building addition.
A word of caution... please do your homework when going this route.
Make sure you investigate what city/county permits will be needed before you are allowed to build this type of building. Steel buildings, pre-fab buildings or building kits, can save you money... but only if you understand how they work, and follow the ordinances that govern their erection.
One of the saddest cases we have ever come across, was a small church that had their metal church building kit sitting on their site for months. They had been led to believe that the kit provided everything they needed to get their new church built.
In most cases, you will need a site plan, which needs to be sealed by a civil engineer. Then you will need a structural engineer to design the concrete slab, or foundation for your metal church building. Finally, you will need sealed architectural drawings showing your interior layout.
The same applies to purchasing building plans. Remember, you are building an assembly use building, and you will need professional seals to ensure that all building and safety codes are met.
You may want to purchase building plans on line to give you ideas, or to help you coordinate the building fund program and get your people excited.
However, I don't know of any municipality, in the USA or abroad, that does not require architecture plans that are sealed by licensed professionals.
There are laws governing the practice of architecture. In most localities, architects are not be allowed to sign and seal drawings they have not produced.
Please keep this in mind before you spend any money on "church building consultants." You may be much better off interviewing architects in your community.
Remember... start right... to finish well.
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