Special Report: Building Conditions Surveys


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by Kim Lovejoy. New York Landmarks Conservancy, 1998. Accessed April 14, 2017.

Congregations with historic houses of worship can be daunted by their building’s maintenance, repair and renovation requirements. A building conditions survey offers an assessment that results in a plan for effective action. In this article, preservation specialist Wesley Haynes explains what a building conditions survey is. He describes how to define the scope of the project and how to identify and engage a consultant. And he discusses the value of effectively communicating the results to the congregation. A leader in one New York congregation reports on their experience. "The conditions survey was a turning point for the congregation," she says. "While it was difficult to get people to agree that it was needed, the survey has instilled confidence in us and is our guide for all building repairs.” This 3-page piece can be used by leaders as a conversation prompt and learning tool.

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