JNKA’s Areas of Expertise
JKNA believes that successful buildings are the direct result of thoughtful and thorough collaborations between the owner, architect, and contractor.
We believe that our primary strength lies in our thorough understanding of a multitude of design related issues pertaining to religious buildings. This includes architectural, liturgical, and interior design, acoustics, lighting, and landscape design.
After the exact scope and nature of a particular project’s design and engineering needs are defined during the Master Plan and Schematic Design Phase, JNKA expands the required professional expertise to include selected consultants that would best complement the Owner-Architect team. Typical project teams include civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering consultants.
Through our 50 years of experience, we have developed a broad network of expert design consultants, appropriate product resources, contractors, and subcontractors who understand and can meet the special needs of each project. The JNKA Team has the capabilities to work well with building committees, assist with fund-raising and budgetary concerns, and to meet aggressive project schedules.
All of our work is overseen by one of JNKA’s Principals, and a Principal or Associate is assigned to manage each project based on their experience, expertise, or personal connection and understanding of the particular client. The project manager then directs all phases of the project from the master plan through the completion of construction. This approach provides continuity in communication, management and leadership over the duration of our projects and insures our personal and professional relationship with each client, which is essential to the success of every project.
On an as-needed basis, other members of the JNKA team are assigned to work on our projects directly under the project manager’s supervision, including project architects, interior designers, LEED certified professionals, design coordinators and intern architects. The project architect will assist the project manager in directing the architectural and engineering work and will also serve as an additional contact/liaison with the client, contractor and other professional associates and consultants.
Our architects and engineers begin by making a complete evaluation of the existing building(s) and the site. Does it meet the local building and zoning codes? Is it in need of physical repair? In what areas does it need to be expanded?
Community leaders then set out on a fact-finding mission to identify the activities and requirements of all the user groups that will use the facility. As architects, we meet with the key individuals and user groups, conducting personal interviews to gain insight and perspective. This dialogue is instrumental in giving us the proper perspective of our clients’ needs.
The Master Plan is an exercise in soul searching. It stimulates discussion, sets expectations for analyses and elevates vision. When completed, it tells what the community is able to do, and what it is not able to do. The community will find itself asking “Does this help fulfill our purpose? Are we meeting our current needs? Can we afford to do this now? Are we anticipating the future?”
And finally, by helping the community to identify its needs, our Master Plan process makes the community more aware of how they interact with the physical building, making them better caretakers of the final building product.
JNKA works closely with the Liturgical or Worship Committees to establish the parameters and budgets for the liturgical items. Once designs and materials have been finalized, competitive quotes from liturgical artists and fabricators are obtained and the coordination process continues through installation.
Whether a primary liturgical furnishing such as altar, pulpit, or baptismal font, or secondary furnishings such as candlesticks or credence tables, our liturgical designs are developed with respect to each church community’s individual beliefs and approach to liturgy. Always rooted in the fundamental guidelines and direction provided by the particular church client, the elements of liturgical design become customized expressions that reinforce the faith community’s liturgy and work within the unified environment of the entire worship space.
Additional Skills & Services
- Adaptive re-use conversions and renovations of old buildings to new uses
- 3D computer modeling and photo-realistic color renderings and video animations
- Obtaining design approvals from municipal boards or commissions
- Assistance with selecting qualified general contractors, construction managers, and subcontractors
- Assistance with selecting qualified acoustical consultants
- Assistance with selecting qualified lighting design consultants
- Assistance with selecting qualified audio/visual consultants
What Clients Say
“You requested a brief statement containing my opinion about the renovation of St. Basil/Visitation Church. I found it very well done. The result is a skillful blend of the original architectural design with changes that enable today’s liturgies. The church invites community prayer. You and your fellow architect can be proud of it. It is a ‘house of God.'”
“JNKA is a firm that listens and respects its clients. They are very sensitive to the unique identity of their clients and worked well with our diverse building committee during every step of our Master Planning process through the completion of construction for the first phase. I would highly recommend JNKA to any church or faith based client seeking architectural services.”
“Your warmth, skill and ownership during the building project were impressive. The leadership team learned so much from you.”
“Working on a church is not just another construction project. JNKA ‘gets’ church. They respect the need to meet deadlines and honor cherished, sacred places and traditions […] Not a day goes by that the congregation and I are not mindful of the enormous undertaking and the incredibly beautiful and functional results of our partnership with JNKA”
“The office of Catholic Schools uses JNKA regularly to conduct feasibility studies, code reviews and school design. […] Having JNKA on a project immediately instills a sense of confidence that the project will be well programmed, designed, and managed.”