• Dennis Palmer
    Dennis Palmer
    Senior Vice President & COO of Building Solutions

    Dennis Palmer is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Building Solutions and is responsible for development and delivery of facilities operations and construction support for churches and schools, nationwide. He has extensive background as the Principal on project teams where Building Solutions is serving as the program manager or owner representative. In that capacity, his staff guides church committees in selecting architects and contractors, provides cost estimating, and supports the project team in reconciling the congregation’s priorities with its budget.

    Dennis has a degree in architecture and holds a Construction Documents Technology certification with the Construction Specifications Institute. He is also a LEED O+M Accredited Professional. Dennis has been selected to present programs at national conferences for National Business Officers Association, National Charter Schools Association, and Mid South Business Officers Association on topics ranging from construction management, capital planning, campus master planning, and facilities management.

  • Jacquelyn Block
    Jacquelyn Block
    Associate Principal & Church Works Studio Director of GFF Architects

    Joining GFF in 2011, Jacquelyn has over 12 years of experience with educational and faith-based clients. With a passion for religious and educational facilities, Jacquelyn works closely with her clients in the initial programming and planning phase to identify key strategies to create facilities that support her clients’ goals in an innovative and creative way.

    Her projects have won several design awards including Worship Facilities Solomon Award, Texas Construction Magazine’s Best Architectural Design and Outstanding Project from Learning by Design. She has managed several projects earning LEED certification. She is integrally involved in the project from the initial phase of planning and capital campaign efforts, through design and construction.

    Jacquelyn is a graduate of the AIA Emerging Leaders program, has participated as a design jurist at The University of Texas at Arlington and volunteers with several local organizations. She received her Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and her Master of Architecture Degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. Jacquelyn is an Associate Principal and the Institutional Studio Director.

  • Stephen Pickard
    Stephen Pickard
    Principal at GFF Architects

    Mr. Pickard is a Principal at GFF and has over 35 years of architectural design and management experience. The last 20 years of his career have concentrated on the development of a national practice specializing in the design of church and faith-based facilities.

    Mr. Pickard is very familiar with current trends and the most progressive thinking as it relates to Worship spaces, Children’s Education spaces and meaningful venues for Community Connection. These projects incorporate both cultural and religious aspects into church campuses that strive to serve not only their members but also the larger community.

    Mr. Pickard is currently working with several churches around the country and in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He also serves as Chairman of the Design Committee for Interfaith Design, the Interfaith Forum on Religious Art and Architecture and on the Dean’s Circle for the Texas Tech University College of Architecture Design Leadership Alliance.

Church Build Project – Part III: Designing High Impact Churches within a Budget

In this third and final part of our Church Build Project series, you’ll discover how budgeting can make or break your next new build or remodeling project.

Every project has a budget, but there is often a mismatch between church aspirations and available funding. Teamwork between the owner, architect and contractor is critical to finding the right balance between dollars and space.

When looking at the project’s overall budget, initial construction costs are only a small fraction of the total expenditures over the life cycle of a new church building. This session will focus on strategies for balancing construction and operating costs, and identify ways that thoughtful design can reduce continuing costs over the life of the facility.

Creative planning, design and construction strategies can help your team achieve the maximum result within the funds available.

  • Learn creative planning, design and construction strategies to help achieve the maximum result within the funds available.
  • Learn how to reduce project cost by first optimizing your existing space.
  • Learn how to plan and budget for the unexpected when doing a renovation project.
  • Learn strategies for balancing construction and operating costs, and identify ways that thoughtful design can lower continuing costs over the life of your facility.


Sep 22 2021


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Facilities & Operations,
Leadership & Management
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