The Cost Influence Curve | How to Control Your Construction Costs

Posted on August 24, 2018

I promise that I will share good news in a minute…but, before that…we need to look at several unfortunate statistics about church construction that George Barna and Thom Ranier have developed over the years:

  • Over 50% of churches have a set of plans “behind the door” that will never get built.

  • Over 70% of all construction projects go over budget by at least 20%

  • Construction is the second most litigated industry in the US (the first is Medical).

  • Due to the stresses listed above, statistics show that the Senior Pastor will remain for only 22 months after project completion.

The predominate reason for the above statistics revolves around the lack of early communication between the church, the designer, and the builder. A Penn State University Study has determined that an experienced, best-practice design and build team will construct your facility 33% faster and, at least, 6% less expensively than any other project delivery method…the secret to success…Early Communication.

As you look at the Cost Influence Curve graphic (above), you should notice that when you, as the owner, are investing the least amount of funds/financial resources, you have the MOST amount of control/stewardship influence over the situation. It is this early communication, and teamwork, with your design and build partner that will bring your building project under budget and ahead of schedule.

T&W Church Solutions is a best-practice design and build firm that is dedicated to serving Christian ministries in the Midwest. Our People, their Passion to serve, and our nationally recognized Process is proven to make your building experience a time of ministry focus, not distraction.

If you would like to learn more about how T&W Church Solutions can help you on your next project, contact Kurt Williams at kwilliams@twcorp.net. Kurt Williams, NACDB CCC, LEED AP, is a Design/Build veteran at T&W Church Solutions with over 30 years in the industry, 25 of those years guiding over 100 churches through the various stages of Planning, Designing and Building their new facilities. T&W Church Solutions is a Design/Build firm who partners with ministry-focused architects to serve the churches of Central Indiana as well as the only NACDB (National Association of Church Design Builders) Certified Firm in Central Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.