FL AR0017464: Architect Sarasota, Florida

Siesta Key Chapel - Master Plan & Addition

While working for Smith Architects P.A., I collaborated with our client on the Facility Analysis and Master Plan process, and subsequently managed the project including design, construction documents, a Guaranteed Maximum Price process with the contractor, and construction administration.

Before creating plans for the chapel, our client wanted to understand the big picture. Working with staff and committees, I helped the client consider present and future needs by analyzing how they were using the existing facility; determining programmatic needs according to a long-range planning study; and developing a master plan to realize their goals with minimum expense.

Our collaboration and analysis resulted in a five-phase renovation project that maximized use of the campus by re-envisioning underutilized spaces. Our solution minimized the need to add new space, resulting in a very modest addition project of a new outdoor deck, restrooms and an elevator. The project also included a phased expansion of chapel space; relocation and renovation of administrative offices, classrooms and choir room; and the addition of an elevator, restrooms and storage space.

The project was developed using 3D/BIM software tools which conveyed the design solution to the client at the beginning of the project, to the authorities during permitting, and to the contractor for construction drawings.

By being highly efficient with clear construction documents, carefully coordinating the project with the contractor, and tightly managing a phased renovation strategy, the team was able to meet the owner’s needs well within budget. In fact, this cooperative team approach to the management of the project contributed to a $50,000 rebate to the owner at completion.

View of New Addition and Deck in courtyard.

View of New Addition and Deck in courtyard.