BACK TO BASICS: a look into educational design

The development of a K-12 school building has evolved over the years.  The design priorities of the past have changed and advanced.  One thing that is apparent is that there will always be change in Education.  Change has raised concern among educational planners and architects regarding the degree a school’s environment influences student outcomes, behaviors and achievement.  Tremendous effort is …

Is it time to reclaim your workspace?

Have you heard about the open-office design model? Perhaps you work in one already. Many offices are implementing this design in order to create a modern and spacious work environment with the hopes of improving team collaboration and communication, but are managing to achieve the opposite. In the Washington Post, Lindsey Kaufman wrote a personal essay noting her experience with …

Completed Church Renovation – Cheyenne, WY

Highlands United Presbyterian Church in Cheyenne, WY just completed their extensive church renovation. Highlands approached Mountain West in the fall of 2013 and the process was set into motion.  The major areas tackled were the foyer, sanctuary, restrooms, kitchen and dining hall, as well as the exterior facade.  All interior areas received updated flooring materials and lighting that better served …

FREE Plan > Consult > Launch Meetings

Here at MWA we are having a busy and blessed year for sure! If you’re not familiar with us, we’re a group of believers that devotes our lives to ministry design and construction throughout the Mountain West.  Whether it’s a Master Plan, New Facility, Feasibility Study, Site Acquisition Studies, or a Facility Makeover- check out MWA!  We invite you to …

We Have A Winner!

Over the last year MWA met with church ministry representatives, from across the mountain west, to discuss their facility needs and those representatives qualified for our iPad Giveaway. We enjoyed meeting and discussing with all the church leaders. 26 total were entered into the drawing and it’s finally time to announce our winner…..   ……drum roll please……   DAVID GUERERRO …

Build Your Team Early, Part 2: integrated project delivery advantages

As mentioned in our earlier blog, Build Your Team Early Part 1, we constantly advise new clients to select a builder early to take advantage of integrated project delivery. We know, we know… the readers are asking, “Well, what are those advantages?” Collaboration through integrated project delivery approach. It’s important to select a builder who’s aligned with your mission and …

Build Your Team Early, Part 1: integrated project delivery method

“If construction was easy everyone would be doing it,” is a common phrase in our line of work. Have you ever begun a construction project – a new church building or even a home expansion or remodel – only to realize that your construction team wasn’t aligned with your vision for the project? Sometimes the construction team may be slightly …

Attention: construction companies

MWA is developing Builder Alliances that cover the entire West. The firm’s unsurpassed experience in partnering with general contractors on the design-build projects for educational and church clients gives both organizations a competitive advantage. Mark Hilles has developed alliances with dozens of builders over the past 15 years. These alliances provide value to our clients and partner vendors as well. …

Design excellence for your education facility

Mountain West Architects has worked with hundreds of churches and schools on their planning, design and construction projects – new facilities, master plans, renovations and the re-purposing of big box structures. Design excellence is not just a catchy saying with the MWA team. After more than 150 successful projects since 1997, we have the expertise to design a facility plan …

Create Your Facility Action Plan

Does your facility fully support your ministry vision? Or does its age, layout and maintenance create barriers instead? Mountain West Architects understands that the way we worship is changing rapidly – and this means older facilities may actually be creating ministry barriers. We have partnered with over 150 churches and non-profits to help them understand these ministry barriers, plan ahead …