Why Your Workspace Should Reflect Your Brand
Branding is everything in today’s market. Your brand tells who you are and what you represent, or stand for. When most people think of branding they think of a logo, a website, and a signature ..
The New New Normal
To put it simply, the Covid-19 pandemic disrupted the way we work. We already knew this. We’ve all been living in the “new normal” for well over a year now. It’s time again for ..
The Importance of Knowing Your Client
Spirit of Grace Church, Coon Rapids, MN So you’re ready to get started on the project you’ve been dreaming about for years? That’s great! We can’t wait to work with you! But before ..
Build New or Add On?
River Valley Church, Apple Valley, MN Many congregations face the question of moving or staying. Moving can be emotional and disruptive, yet staying may leave the congregation with no way for change or ..
Form and Functionality: Why They Matter
Great River Federal Credit Union, Sauk Rapids, MN “Form follows function - that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.” - Frank Lloyd Wright Form and ..
Code Issues and Other Things to Know Before Building
Meadow Spring Church, Chaska, MN Code Issues and Other Things to Know Before Building Are you renting a house with no railings on the staircase or working in an office that clearly had ..
5 Reasons Why Construction Projects Fail
It's common knowledge that construction and remodeling projects often take a significant amount of time, money, and resources in order to complete. But why is it that so many have the tendency to fail? In ..
Church Fundraising 101
Beginning a church construction or remodeling project can be daunting. For smaller congregations, it can feel almost impossible. With time, money, and resources at stake, it's certainly not uncommon to feel a little discouraged when ..
Why Choose a Design-Build Firm?
Looking to start a new project but can't decide whether to go with a traditional build contract or design-build firm? In this blog, we will explore the differences between both and explain some of the ..
Church Design and Construction: Getting The Community Involved
Before putting pen to paper on a new design and construction project for your church, it's crucial that you make sure that your congregation is behind it. Needless to say, without them, a church construction ..
Architectural Design Process 101: From Concept to Construction
Every building starts with a vision. Architects bring these visions to life. But what does the architectural design process entail? How does a vision go from a conceptualized idea to something tangible? In this blog ..
Zeroing in on a Net-Zero Future
Climate change is the fundamental design flaw of our modern-day era. It’s the elephant in the room we have yet to confront head-on. While other concerns such as healthcare, education, unemployment, etc. are all profoundly ..
A Very Brief History of Bank Architecture
Banks are an intrinsic piece to our timeline—they’ve been around for as long as we can remember—dating all the way back to Mesopotamia. However, even though the concept of storing one’s valuables in a safe, ..
2019 Architecture & Design: The Newest Trends on the Block
A trend is more than something that will simply be forgotten. Trends are building blocks for progress. They give direction and work to represent a generation. Many people confuse trends with fads, thinking that they ..
Building a Sustainable Church
God shaped the world so that natural systems render no waste. One organism’s waste is another organism’s food – this is the mystery that we, humans, have yet to crack – a simple yet beautiful ..
Building a Church: Why Design Matters
A church is more than four walls and a roof. When you enter a church, you should feel something. Something that transcends normalcy. Something that makes you feel closer to heaven. But how is this ..
5 Perks of Using an Architecture Firm With an In-House Construction Team
2-in-1 — the simple concept that was developed to make our lives a little easier. The phone case that acts as a wallet. The laptop that can be twisted into a handheld tablet. The washer ..
Top 3 Reasons Why Construction Projects Fail & The Steps You Can Take to Avoid Them
Construction projects fail for a variety of reasons, but more often than not complications can be avoided with proper planning, resources, and the right personnel in place! Vanman has a 98.8% completion rate for all ..
3 Modern Bank Interior Design Features Your Branch Needs
Modern banks are getting a face lift with added interior design features to improve the overall customer branch experience. Upgrading the in-store banking experience can help increase foot traffic and customer satisfaction. Take Capital One, ..
A Tour of How Modern Church Architecture Characteristics Can Improve Your Sermon
While many of the lessons from scripture apply to our 21st-century lives, classic church designs have fallen by the wayside when it comes to today’s society. Gone are the days of the copy and paste ..
An Easy-to-Follow Guide For Opening a New Bank Branch
Making the leap to opening a new branch of your financial institution takes careful consideration. Your bank is running smoothly, sufficient cash flow is coming in and your market shows that more people are coming ..
4 Church Design Concepts of the Modern Era
Trends in church architecture are seeing a shift towards digital integration and bringing the community to the church through non-worship activities.
7 Strategies to Help Move Your Congregation During a Church Relocation
The decision to relocate your church is never easy. You have built your community at this location. Your congregation is comfortable here and it has been a major part of their lives. But sooner or ..
Crafting Your Bank Design Concept: 3 Tips to Keep You Focused
One of the best parts of working with an architecture firm is watching your ideas comes to life. From the blueprint to the ribbon-cutting, your aspirations and your designs are being crafted for the real ..
How a Commercial Building Architect Can Take Your Church to Greater Heights
A commercial architect must have that “special something” that turns an industrial building into a warm and inviting worship space. They must also have a thorough understanding of the laws and codes that go into ..