Religious facilities have traditionally been designed to follow a specific theological tradition or to highlight certain aspects of a religion’s theology. Today, these facilities are more than just a place to gather, one day a week. Religious facilities communicate many things about the place of worship, its people, community and connection to each other. Intricate design, stained glass and other elements evoke a sense of belonging, belief and community for worshipers. When Architecture and MEP engineering designs converge to create a magnificent place, it has a highly emotional impact on the members who move through and experience it. Whether it’s designing a foyer, sanctuary, gathering hall, children’s area, common rooms or kitchens, the facility needs to reflect a specific religious or cultural context.
Dialectic (formerly Larson Binkley) has experience with religious facilities whether new construction, renovations or additions. Dialectic has experience with larger facilities to smaller structures and additions. The firm understands not every worship facility can afford to build new structures. While not only is the building expenses important to consider, members want to look into renovations or upgrades to help with sustainability and possibly cost. Whatever the need is, Dialectic listens and communicates with commitment to deliver a space of unity that is focused on value, while delivering on the ultimate goal, to worship.
Dialectic’s approach to MEP projects is different. The firm has taken steps to provide constant beneficial client communication. Also changed is the engineering approach to projects, which provides a platform for design partner collaboration. This design process enables the architect and owner to experience more control with fewer surprises and cost overruns than any other design methodology.
Recognized is the importance of environmentally responsible sustainable design. Dialectic design engineers see multiple ways to achieve sustainability. Whether it’s improving lighting efficiency with strategies that exceed energy codes and maximize flexibility, designing higher performance HVAC systems that have improved air quality and green refrigerant alternatives, or specifying plumbing fixtures that consume less water and water heaters that reduce standby losses, Dialectic’s team of MEP design engineers provide sustainability solutions at its best.
Dialectic Inc. delivers a new environment in engineering, where exceptional quality, technology and customer service is the norm. The firm is licensed in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Canadian Provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, New Foundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Saskatchewan.
• Grace Church (Overland Park, KS)
• Indian Creek Community Church (Olathe, KS)
• LDS Church (Independence, MO)
• Church of Nazarene (Lenexa, KS)
• St. Theresa (Kansas City, MO)
• Church of Ascension (Overland Park, KS)