Forrester Construction understands that faith-based facilities are unlike any other type of commercial or institutional construction project. All stakeholders, from clergy to congregants, have a very personal interest in the outcome and often work together for years, to plan, fundraise, design and eventually build their shared vision. With a portfolio featuring dozens of new, renovated and expanded faith based facilities, we know well the challenges religious organizations face and have the experience to navigate them, including budgetary requirements, accelerated schedules and occupancy during construction. We have experience in the construction of congregation and meeting halls, sacred and ceremonial facilities, multipurpose community spaces, and educational, recreational, office and support areas.
Early on, we form a partnership with faith leaders, the planning committee and the design team to develop an approach focused on meeting the organization’s specific needs. Forrester’s dedicated preconstruction experts perform detailed cost analyses of material and design choices, conduct careful design document constructability and provide detailed budgets, cash flow forecasts and, in some cases, virtual models to support fundraising efforts. This careful planning ensures well-informed decision making and prevents unexpected delays and expenses. During construction, communication and careful coordination remain essential. Project teams often give regular updates and job site tours to congregants keeping them informed of work progress and key milestones. For occupied projects, we employ a sensitive construction approach minimizing disruption of normal activities and scheduling around services, holidays and other important events.
Throughout every phase, we continually seek to provide the best value for faith based organizations and look for ways to invest in their mission. In the past, hawse have offered our support through traditional philanthropic efforts and volunteerism and by lending our construction expertise providing fundraising tools, holding career fairs and developing project based social justice programs.