While Church ministry leaders are normally well-qualified and trained to deal with their respective responsibilities, planning and executing a construction project is usually not part of the job description. This seminar will help to demystify the process, beginning from the first steps of identifying the needs, determining the expected costs, getting the initial conceptual designs developed, assembling a team of experts (Architects / Engineers / Contractors), and working through the construction process. Various contracting options will be examined, and examples of successfully completed projects provided for consideration.
About the speaker
Thomas Small, AIA is a registered architect in multiple states, managing his private practice from Oklahoma since 2000. Since his graduation from the Oklahoma State University School of Architecture in 1982, he has served as a project director at large multi-discipline A&E firms and has served on numerous boards and commissions. Over his 30+ years of practice, he has been involved in a number of important projects, including the restoration of the Journal Record Building and the Oklahoma City National Memorial Center in Oklahoma City. His design experience includes various types of facilities, including security upgrades, classrooms and training centers, museums, historic preservation, educational facilities, healthcare, civic and institutional projects, and commercial office and retail designs.
His firm began providing architectural services to Life.Church in 2006, and have continued to service their expansion needs since – presently encompassing 27 multi-site campuses spread over 8 states. Forming SPACE in 2008 to serve the facility design needs of the evangelical Church community, they specialize in the initial analysis and programming, master planning, functional renovations, conceptual design and renderings, and full Architectural / Engineering services as may be required by growing ministries.
Professional and Civic Involvement
American Institute of Architects / Central Oklahoma Chapter (since 1982)
Member, Edmond Summit Rotary Club
Member, Edmond Chamber of Commerce
Member, Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce
Member, Oklahoma Historical Society
Member, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Member, Oklahoma City Historic Preservation Commission (Vice-Chairman)
Member, Oklahoma Museums Association