Why you need to hire a church design expert and not just an architect

The end of the calendar year is often a time when many churches begin planning for 2017 and beyond for capital improvements or upgrades to their existing facilities and worship centers. With church construction expenditures totaling $3.4 billion dollars in 2016 with a projected increase of over 4 percent expected in 2017, finding ways to maximize dollars that are raised towards expanding ministries may lead some church leaders to select partners for their building projects that may not deliver the desired results for sustainable growth.

Hiring a church design expert, and not simply an architect who may be unfamiliar with the needs of a place of worship, can allow your church to realize a greater return on your investment in your facilities.  For the church design experts at Studio Four Design, our knowledge and expertise in a variety of worship facility projects allows us to bring a unique perspective to our church clients.

In our experience, when your church or worship center is asking its congregation or members for a large capital investment, stewardship is an important point of emphasis for the design and creation of your space. The analogy that we allude to in our work is based upon the ideas of specialists; if you have a specific health or legal issue, you will consult with a doctor or lawyer who is a specialist in their chosen field. The same holds true for church and worship center design; instead of working with an architect who is a generalist in design, consulting and working with specialists in church design, like the team at Studio Four Design, can help you create specialized solutions specific for your individual needs.

There are a number of ways a firm that focuses on church facility design can help advance your project more smoothly, including:

Knowledge and Expertise: Specific problems related to church design are better suited for success when leveraging the knowledge and expertise of a specialist who has dealt with them before. Church designers can leverage a breadth of collective experience to solve problems specifically related to the needs of your church, while adding value in the planning process to help ensure an overall smooth delivery process. Our team’s experience can bring a new perspective to your church by asking specific questions and offering insights based on prior successes and lessons learned.  Our knowledge and experience can help to identify potential opportunities and obstacles that can be addressed in the planning stages and set the table for a successful design process.

Value: Experts in church design can bring higher value propositions to clients, based upon a broad scope view of what needs to be accomplished. A church design expert should be able to look beyond strictly “bricks and mortar” concepts in the design process and identify any components of the project that could impact or delay the building process and those that might add additional expense that should be considered within project and construction budgets. At Studio Four Design, our church design team can add value in this process through our experience to help develop realistic budgets and identify design alternatives to develop solutions to help enhance the mission of your church.

Teamwork: When you are searching for a church designer, understand that an expert may be more local than you may think. Although the expert you need may not reside in your particular town, through the application of technology they can be easily accessible via online meetings and web based project command centers that enhance project team communication. From a teamwork perspective, the use of technology can allow nearly instantaneous access to the design team, while decreasing costs associated with multiple travel expenses, thus allowing your church to save on expenditures. When you work with our team, you are working with a close-knit group who takes inspiration in solving problems for our clients.  This sense of teamwork and collaboration extends to how our team does business with our clients as well. In addition to our capabilities to utilize technology to facilitate the design process, our firm has also worked in association local architects to deliver projects.  Collaboration with a local design partner allows us to bring our specific experience to the church while using the local professional to help the team deal with local codes, zoning and other conditions that may be unique to the permitting and construction process.  In addition, a local partner can assist with drawing production, peer review, and quality control during construction.  This allows our clients to access our expertise while taking advantage of local familiarity and accessibility.

If your church or worship center is ready to expand your existing space or develop a brand new facility in 2017, taking advantage of our knowledge and expertise can help you to develop a design solution that will help you advance your mission. To learn more about our experience in church facility design, please contact Studio Four Design today to let our church design experts guide you through the process.

Studio Four Design Wins 2016 Knox Heritage “Fantastic Fifteen” Preservation Award

Leading architectural and design firm wins Knox Heritage “Fantastic Fifteen” Award along with Jeffrey and Patricia Nash for their design work on the Patricia Nash Designs corporate headquarters and flagship showroom in downtown Knoxville

Patricia Nash Corporate Headquarters and Flagship Showroom - Knoxville Tennessee - Studio Four Design

The 2016 Knox Heritage “Fantastic Fifteen” Preservation Award winning Patricia Nash Designs corporate headquarters and flagship showroom, designed by Studio Four Design in collaboration with Jeffrey and Patricia Nash.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. November 17, 2016 – Studio Four Design, a top architecture and design firm based in Knoxville, Tennessee that specializes in retail design, has won a 2016 Knox Heritage “Fantastic Fifteen” Award for their collaborative design efforts with Jeffrey and Patricia Nash for the preservation rehabilitation of the Patricia Nash Designs corporate headquarters and flagship showroom at 1132 North 6th Avenue in downtown Knoxville.

The award, which is given annually to 15 construction, design and rehabilitation projects within Knox County that have contributed significantly toward a preservation effort, was presented at the Knox Heritage Annual Meeting and Preservation Awards in early November.

“This award was a great honor for us,” said Greg Terry, principal and design director at Studio Four Design. “We originally nominated Jeffrey and Patricia for the award, and didn’t imagine we were going to be included. Jeffrey has done so much for this community over the years restoring unique, historic structures all over Knoxville. This building is no different, and we are honored that we were able to collaborate with them on the interior design of the building.”

Originally built in 1928, the building was used as a manufacturing facility and warehouse for various woodworking companies and sat empty for about 12 years before it was purchased by Nash in 2015.

“Originally I wanted to renovate the building and turn it into four leasable units,” said Jeffrey Nash, owner of The Courtland Group. “Patricia and I talked about using two of the units for corporate offices, distribution and outlet stores for her business, but once we started doing space planning on those two bays, everyone started to realize really quickly that what we build out right now may work for the next six months, but not for the next six years. That’s when it dawned on us that the whole building was perfect for the future of the Patricia Nash brand.”

From there, Jeffrey, Patricia and Studio Four Design worked to blend the Patricia Nash brand with the character of the historic building that features exposed wood decking and steel windows.

“Patricia’s designs are high end and very artisan,” said Terry. “The challenge we had was taking all of the best things about her eclectic and rich look and feel and incorporating that into an old manufacturing warehouse. Our lead interior designer on the project, Jenna Wise, and interior designer Katie Schulz, worked closely with Patricia and the team to create a cohesive brand image. Jeffrey’s construction team also did an amazing job of cleaning up the building shell, which gave the design team a lot of nice features to work with including an atrium in the center of the building.”

The Nash’s incorporated several custom features including workstations from Heuristic Workshop, and chandeliers and a handrail in the atrium stairs created by a local metal fabricator Preston Farabow.

“I’m so pleased with the way the building came together,” said Patricia Nash, CEO and president of Patricia Nash Designs. “It’s a wonderful representation of who and where we are. It pays homage to the industrial history of the building while fitting in perfectly with our brand.”

For more information about the Knox Heritage 2016 Preservation Awards, visit http://knoxheritage.org/news/knox-heritage-announces-2016-preservation-awards/.

For more information about Studio Four Design, visit http://studiofourdesign.com.

About Knox Heritage

Knox Heritage preserves, restores and transforms historic places. Forever, for everyone. Established in 1974 as a non-profit historic preservation organization, Knox Heritage is chartered by the state of Tennessee and governed by a board of directors representing all areas of our community. Knox Heritage is the only organization in the region that works every day to protect our treasured structures and places. Without Knox Heritage, many of our important buildings, along with the history and charm of the area, would have been demolished.

Knox Heritage carries out its mission through a variety of programs and encourages community support through education and advocacy. Membership in the organization is by annual dues, which are tax deductible, and is open to all individuals, businesses, and organizations recognizing the foresight of historical preservation. To find out more, visit http://knoxheritage.org/.

About Studio Four Design Inc.

Since 2002, Studio Four Design has served as a premiere architectural and interior design firm to the Greater Knoxville Area. Their guiding principal is Design Matters and their goal is to go beyond expectations to provide design solutions that positively impact their client’s lives and organizations. Their team has worked on a variety of projects over the last decade that includes: churches, educational facilities, restaurants, retail buildings, athletic venues and much more. Studio Four Design takes pride and dedication in all of their projects they serve. To find out more, call 865-523-5001 or visit http://studiofourdesign.com.

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Studio Four Design Wins 2016 Solomon Award for Their Work with Northstar Church

Leading architectural and design firm wins Worship Facilities 2016 Solomon Award for successfully helping Northstar Church with satellite campus expansion

Before and After of Northstar Church South Knoxville Campus - Studio Four Design

A before and after look at the Worship Facilities 2016 Solomon Award winning Northstar Church, designed by Studio Four Design and located in Knoxville, Tennessee.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. November 10, 2016 – Studio Four Design, a top architecture and design firm based in Knoxville, Tennessee that specializes in worship facilities, has won a Worship Facilities 2016 Solomon Award for their work on the Knoxville-based Northstar Church South Knoxville campus expansion.

The award was given in the category of Church Building Design – Traditional & Contemporary for a new addition and renovations to an existing church that would become a new 300 seat satellite campus for Northstar Church to serve the community in South Knoxville.

Northstar Church was able to merge with an established church that had an existing facility, but the old building was lacking in several key areas. The exterior of the building was dated and did not reflect their ministry, and the lobby space was small and inefficient, lacking the ability to provide a community and fellowship environment critical to the culture at Northstar Church’s West Knoxville main campus.

“Expanding to a new campus is a demanding project for any church,” said Stacy Cox, president of Studio Four Design. “You want to be able to find a location that works for your ministry, but just as importantly, you want to be able to keep the worship experience you offer and your church’s atmosphere consistent with what your congregation has come to expect – all the way down to the way your building looks and feels. For Northstar, it was vital that this new location convey the community and fellowship environment that makes their culture unique. This was even more important because the location they chose was an existing facility that belonged to an established church.”

External shot of Northstar Church in South Knoxville - Studio Four Design

External shot of Northstar Church in South Knoxville. Designed by Studio Four Design.

The design solution offered by Studio Four Design including removing the front façade and steeple from the building and providing a 1,000 square foot addition to expand the lobby space and provide new restroom facilities. The addition features a large, inviting glass façade that faces the South Knoxville community. The exterior skin consists of new materials including metal panels and CMU and the existing brick was painted to introduce a new color scheme to the facility. A green canopy reflecting the church’s logo color provides an accent and identifies the points of entry into the building.

“By engaging with Studio Four Design on our expansion, we were not only able to solve our need for additional space in the lobby, but we were also able to create a new look and identity for the building that would reflect the Northstar culture,” said Scott Cagle, lead pastor at Northstar Church. “They even helped us renovate the children’s space to provide an exciting and engaging environment for kids and transform the traditional worship environment into a contemporary atmosphere with technology for simulcasting live programming from our West campus. We wanted to draw in those who were looking for something new and fresh in a church experience and Studio Four Design helped us successfully expand our ministry while keeping a steady focus on our goal.”

Interior shot of Northstar Church in South Knoxville - Studio Four Design

The interior, designed by Studio Four Design, of Northstar Church in South Knoxville.

Since reopening as Northstar Church, the ministry has more than doubled its prior attendance and holds multiple weekly services.

“We’re honored to receive this award and I can’t thank our team enough for their hard work on the project,” said Cox. “I especially want to thank Brian Russel and Jenna Wise, who were integral to the design solution for this project and Jenkins & Stiles, who served as the general contractor. This award will help to reinforce our reputation as worship facility design experts and will be something we can build on moving into 2017.”

For more information about the Worship Facilities Solomon Awards, visit http://www.worshipfacilities.com/awards/solomon_2016.

For more information about Studio Four Design, visit http://studiofourdesign.com.

About the Solomon Awards

The Worship Facilities Solomon Awards recognizes churches and their partners for excellence in facilities design, building expansion or remodeling, operation excellence, innovative use, and technical production. To learn more, visit http://www.worshipfacilities.com/awards/solomon_2016.

About Studio Four Design Inc.

Since 2002, Studio Four Design has served as a premiere architectural and interior design firm to the Greater Knoxville Area. Their guiding principal is Design Matters and their goal is to go beyond expectations to provide design solutions that positively impact their client’s lives and organizations. Their team has worked on a variety of projects over the last decade that includes: churches, educational facilities, restaurants, retail buildings, athletic venues and much more. Studio Four Design takes pride and dedication in all of their projects they serve. To find out more, call 865-523-5001 or visit http://studiofourdesign.com.

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Stacy Cox of Studio Four Design to Speak at 2016 WFX Conference

Architectural and design expert to present at Worship Facilities Conference and Expo in Louisville, Kentucky

Stacy Cox - Studio Four Design

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. September 15, 2016 – Stacy Cox, architect and design expert and principal of Studio Four Design, a top architecture and design firm based in Knoxville, Tennessee that specializes in worship facilities, will speak at WFX, Worship Facilities Conference and Expo, at the Kentucky Exposition Center, on September 21-22, 2016.

Cox will be presenting “Design Matters! How Design Can Influence Your Ministry” on Wednesday, September 21 at 4:30 p.m., in room SWB107. He will share how to identify and assess some of the barriers current worship facilities may have and how to transform and enhance a church’s platform for ministry.

“Design has a huge impact on every aspect of your ministry,” said Stacy Cox, president of Studio Four Design. “The ability of your facility to communicate your church’s unique brand, message and culture is important to the community you serve. Your environment can either support your ministry objectives, or it can limit them. I hope that by sharing some of the knowledge I’ve collected for more than 20 years will help church leaders understand what they can do to improve their overall experience. From small renovations to campus expansions, every aspect of your facilities has the ability to enhance your ministry.”

Cox’s professional experience includes more than 20 years in architecture and design, with a church facility portfolio that ranges from master planning and small renovations up to new construction projects in excess of $5 million. Along with his role as president and managing partner of Studio Four Design, Cox is actively involved in his local church and with several ministries in Haiti.

Joining Cox in delivering the presentation will be Bobby Thompson, student pastor at Knoxville’s Grace Baptist Church and a Louisville, Kentucky native.

“The church overall is aging and there’s a struggle today to get younger people involved,” said Thompson. “We don’t want our buildings to be unwelcoming or a distraction, but instead an environment that is inviting and inclusive to the younger generation, because those are the leaders of tomorrow.”

The Worship Facilities Conference and Expo (WFX) is two and half days of education, hands-on training, networking, inspiration and exposure for every ministry team, including worship, tech, facilities and administration. It is the largest dedicated church expo in the United States, with opportunities to research and discuss hundreds of products and services all in one place.

For more information about WFX 2016, visit http://wfxweb.com/2016/.

For more information about Studio Four Design, visit http://studiofourdesign.com or see them at booth No. 640 at WFX 2016.

About Studio Four Design Inc.

Since 2002, Studio Four Design has served as a premiere architectural and interior design firm to the Greater Knoxville Area. Their guiding principal is Design Matters and their goal is to go beyond expectations to provide design solutions that positively impact their client’s lives and organizations. Their team has worked on a variety of projects over the last decade that includes: churches, educational facilities, restaurants, retail buildings, athletic venues and much more. Studio Four Design takes pride and dedication in all of their projects they serve. To find out more, call 865-523-5001 or visit http://studiofourdesign.com.

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Heather Ripley
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Studio Four Design Selected for New OneLife Church Renovation

Leading architectural design firm helps Knoxville church renovate newest campus

Studio Four Design - OneLife Church Rendering

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. September 8, 2016 – Studio Four Design, a top architecture and design firm, has developed plans for the renovation of the new OneLife Church campus, located at the entrance of the Knoxville Center mall.

Formerly a Just for Feet building, the 19,000 square foot facility sat vacant for 12 years before finally being purchased this month by OneLife Church.

“We saw a great opportunity with this location to bring new life within this area,” said Pastor Rodney Arnold, founding and leading pastor of OneLife Church. “The community has been overwhelmingly positive about the purchase, and we’re excited to be able to lend our hand in helping revitalize this part of Knoxville.”

OneLife Church currently has two Knoxville campuses, one in Powell and the other in Halls that Studio Four Design has provided design services for.

“We came back to Studio Four Design for this project because of what we saw in them two years ago on a similar project,” said Arnold. “They have an understanding of doing what we, the client, need and want rather than pushing their own agenda. At the same time, they do it in a way that brings creativity and fresh ideas while understanding the budget restraints and unique vision and mission we have as a church.”

Because of their growth over the past few years, the OneLife Church Halls campus will be relocated to the new Knoxville Center location.

“We are excited to continue our relationship with OneLife Church as they grow and serve the communities they are located in throughout Knox County,” said Stacy Cox, president of Studio Four Design. “This new north campus won’t be just for worship services, as the goal for this facility is to be a unique resource for the entire community. We had to keep in mind how we could best utilize the space to allow for mixed use as well as meet the church’s goals for design, schedule and budget. The experience that OneLife Church offers through their ministries is consistent from location to location, and it has been an exciting opportunity for us to help them promote their brand across their campus facilities.”

Renovations on the Knoxville Center campus are expected to start immediately with an anticipated grand opening date set in December. The church is also in the early planning stages for a future West Knoxville campus.

About Studio Four Design Inc.

Since 2002, Studio Four Design has served as a premiere architectural and interior design firm to the Greater Knoxville Area. Their guiding principal is Design Matters and their goal is to go beyond expectations to provide design solutions that positively impact their client’s lives and organizations. Their team has worked on a variety of projects over the last decade that includes: churches, educational facilities, restaurants, retail buildings, athletic venues and much more. Studio Four Design takes pride and dedication in all of their projects they serve.  To find out more, call 865-523-5001 or visit http://studiofourdesign.com.

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