BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – In the late 1980’s Dimensional Dynamics, Architects and Planners had the pleasure to work with Bethany Baptist Church with the planning and design of a new Christian Education and Administration addition to their existing Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. Please enjoy taking a look at this project constructed in 1989.

Rendering of Proposed Addition

Rendering of Proposed Addition

Lower Entrance Level of Proposed Addition

Lower Entrance Level of Proposed Addition

Main Level of Proposed Addition

Main Level of Proposed Addition

ABEC Annual Report 1990 featuring Bethany Baptist Church

ABEC Annual Report 1990 featuring Bethany Baptist Church

View of the Existing Facility prior to Construction

View of the Existing Facility prior to Construction

Rear view from Parking of New Addition

Rear view from Parking of New Addition

Addition and Existing Facility

Addition and Existing Facility

View of New Entrance Addition

View of New Entrance Addition

IMG_7554 TAYLOR REAL ESTATE EXPERIENCE – Had a wonderful time with Doug and Jill Taylor sharing my experiences with the adaptive reuse of historic barns and carriage houses throughout Pennsylvania’s Chester and Delaware Counties. My specialized work with church facilities has given me the understanding of how to work with a variety of structures, styles and ages, and has given me the opportunity and knowledge on how to overcome the bewildering process of saving these historic resources. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dimdyn and remember to check out our webpage at www.dimdyn.com  Watch my interview with the TAYLOR REAL ESTATE EXPERIENCE

Over the last forty-five years, Dimensional Dynamics has served churches across the United States with architectural and planning services to meet their ministry and facility needs.  This is our main focus and purpose – to serve churches in an area where they are in their greatest need.  It is rare for a church to have expertise in church facility design, in the preparation of construction documents, and in the administration of those documents during construction.  In fact this is not what they are called to do; so when our founder Rev. L. Gordon Bucy found himself in the midst of three different building programs at the churches he served, he realized that it was not just the church who was lacking in this expertise, but also the local architects who did not know how churches function.

Churches are a unique blend of members, the Body of Christ with all its differences when done well, work together in unison and harmony for one purpose, to spread the good news of the Gospel.  But when the focus comes off of their purpose for being, Continue Reading

IMG_7554My last post was back in September of 2014 as we were in the midst of packing up and saying goodbye to a place we had called our home office for over eighteen years.  The time since has been one of excitement, frustration, joy and loss.  Though we were excited for this new chapter in the life of a company that had seen many changes over the forty-three years of existence, the frustration I personally encountered as we tried to make the move a smooth as possible was immense.  I found that even though I have been a successful change agent for so many, change in my own routine was Continue Reading

It was in 1996 that my previous business partner, Gary Sharp, and I bought 455 Old Baltimore Pike in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania to be our new home for Dimensional Dynamics, Architects and Planners, Inc.  The firm had been located since its founding in 1971 by Rev. L. Gordon Bucy, in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania with the exception of the three years we spent in the lower level of Gary’s home in Chadds Ford after the death of Gordon in 1993.

The commercial property we purchased along historic Route One, (which runs along the East Coast from the top of Maine down to bottom of Florida), was Continue Reading

CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION

How many churches have you heard of giving all their money to the contractor and then the contractor running off? Or how many projects have you seen the church accept this wonderfully low bid only to have, during construction, the contractor rack up change order after change order after change order? This happens all the time and I feel Continue Reading

BIDDING AND NEGOTIATION

How many churches have you known that have received bids from their contractors only to realize the bid prices are significantly higher than what they have to spend?  As previously stated there are many reasons this happens.  It is not easily avoided, but with the right information and management, especially during the preparations of the construction documents, it can be hopefully controlled.

To avoid the “unknown” numerous churches have tried many of the new construction relationships that are currently at their disposal.  Some have been successful, some have not.  It is hard to say with factual certainty that one process of construction is better for a church than another, however, I personally prefer Continue Reading